House

House

DVD - 2010 | Japanese
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After learning that she will be sharing the summer with her father's new girlfriend, a young girl invites some friends to join her at her aunt's house instead. With a sick aunt, a bloodthirsty cat, and evil spirits lurking around, the girls find that it might have been better to stay at home. Bonus features include an experimental film, interviews, and an essay by Chuck Stephens.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2010
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781604653182
1604653183
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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YellowKarr
Jul 02, 2018

The director lost all his childhood friends from the A-bomb so I guess that’s one of the reasons for the gore and terror. I think a lot of Japanese people have found horror films as a way of explaining and unleashing a stifled cultural grief. Every generation does something new to express themselves I guess. The supplements are interesting to watch too.

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Jer40
Jun 07, 2018

Loving the one and five star polarized reviews here, haha!

No, this isn't a masterpiece by any stretch, but it's amazing in its insane use of (inadvertent?) Comedy, beauty, and sheer trippiness. Read the back story on it to get a better understanding of why it's so wild n wacky...

Halloween classic!

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ausnos
May 25, 2018

I don't understand how anyone could rate this movie so highly. I like horror and campy movies, and I really tried to like this movie...but it just did not resonate with me on ANY level. Was it the extremely dated and cheesy special effects? Was it the annoying female characters? The cat? The aunt? What?!

Well, I thought about it and deduced that this film had a lot of potential, and yet it failed to compel me. I found it neither funny nor scary. Where it should have amused me fell flat. I am not talking so much about the special effects but how it made me feel watching it. Yes, I did see the entire movie and I strongly believe that it was missing elements that could have made it better.

I am debating whether I should watch it again. I mean, the beginning, which could have been chucked out or shortened considerably, ran approx 30 minutes before anything happened...and when it happened I was dissapointed. Could this movie warrant a modern remake? Perhaps. I don't care much for modern special effects either. The characters and storyline must be compelling enough!

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mercipourleslivres
Apr 13, 2018

I brought this for a "bad movie" night with a mixed group of people and we all ended up having a blast because of just how ridiculous it was. Even the people who claimed to hate it couldn't tear themselves away. Where else are you going to see a carnivorous piano?

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zerfer
Mar 30, 2018

Pretty bad. Acting story effects a lump of chee-zu. Meant to be "camp". Obviously done by a director of tv commercials--correction, Japanese commercials. Quite annoying. And that awkward moment when the director chooses to get pervy with underage schoolgirls. Stick to old Peter Jackson.

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RoryODwyer
Nov 03, 2017

One of the most bonkers movies I have ever seen.

The composition & editing are unique and close to being one-of-a-kind.

The appeal of this film is in the viewing experience. The plot & story are just there to give a narrative thread to loosely tie all the visual insanity together.

This is very much a "love it or hate it" film.

I loved it.

JCLJessecaB Mar 29, 2017

Legend has it that the director had his young daughter make up the story for House, which would explain the surreal and child-like qualities of the film. I don't have anything more to add that other reviewers haven't already said: It's a lot of fun and very visually striking. It's a true original and one of my favorites.

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blessedOne
Mar 28, 2017

This is one of the craziest movies I've seen in a long time, if ever. That said, I'm glad I watched it during the day.

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Nursebob
Dec 17, 2014

Steeped in dark fairy tale imagery, Nobuhiko Ohbayashi’s trippy take on the trials of puberty employs a fascinating array of cinematic tricks from hand-painted trompe l’oeil backdrops and matte sunsets to primitive animation and silent B&W film footage. Not completely comfortable in a horror film niche, House’s psychedelic effects and pop-up book sets play more like a day-glo psychodrama. Add to that a whole host of sexual symbolism; one girl is stripped bare by malevolent mattresses, another is attacked by thrusting logs, and a third finds herself floating on a sea of gushing blood, and you have one hell of an adolescent allegory. In one especially telling scene aboard a train bound for Auntie’s house the girls compose a shopping list including, among other things, “...love and dreams...” while in the next seat a nun and priest doze unawares. Bullseye!

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em_ily
Jun 22, 2013

Bizarre, original and fun. Highly recommended for those with unconventional tastes.

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Mar 28, 2017

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