House (Hausu) in 35mm

Nobuhiko Obayashi · 1977
88min · 35mm
  • Monday, Oct 30, 2023, 9:30pm
  • Tuesday, Oct 31, 2023, 7:00pm

How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie HOUSE (HAUSU)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, HOUSE might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet.

Part of our annual horror series All Monsters Attack!

In Japanese with English subtitles.

“Delirious, deranged, gonzo or just gone, baby, gone — no single adjective or even a pileup does justice to House.” Manohla Dargis, The New York Times