Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  87 min.
Release Date: August 26, 1977 (limited)

Current rating: Rating: 4.60
based on 26 votes and 2 reviews
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Cast: Kimiko Ikegami, Kumiko Ohba, Yôko Minamida, Ai Matsubara, Miki Jinbo


How to describe Nobuhiko Obayahshi's indescribable 1977 movie House? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby Doo as directed by Dario Argento? 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, only to come face to face with evil spirits, bloodthirsty pianos, and a demonic housecat. Too absurd to be genuinely terrifying, yet too nightmarish to be merely comic, House seems like it was beamed to Earth from another planet. Never before released in the United States, and a bona fide cult classic in the making, House is one of the most exciting genre discoveries in years.

Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi
Studio: Janus Films
Producer(s): Nobuhiko Obayashi, Yorihiko Yamada
Screenplay: Chiko Katsura

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  • 5 stars "One of the most wildly imaginative films ever made. A must for adventurous filmgoers."
  • 5 stars "A feast for the senses. There has never been another film like it."
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