ハウス(House) 1977 Ages 15+

10.30AM Sat 16 Jan 2021 (1hr 28mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

House will screen from an imported 16mm print.

House is a fusillade on the brain cells and a smorgasbord of filmic delights, which is apt given that it’s about a house that devours schoolgirls. Described as ‘unhinged extreme’, House (aka Hausu) is an experimental horror film that amalgamates 1970s pop culture with mysterious phenomenology. The late auteur Nobuhiko Ōbayashi had his 11-year-old daughter help with many of the story ideas, lending to the film’s dreamy, phantasmagorical sensibilities. House employs unrealistic special effects, stylised sets, and a storyline where literally anything can happen to a group of teenyboppers vacationing at a mysterious aunt’s mansion for the summer. As the bizarre narrative unfolds, outlandishly gruesome attacks on the girls occur in rapid succession—all closely observed by the pet cat.

House was Ōbayashi’s first feature film after he pioneered Japanese experimental shorts through the 1960s. Along with his background in commercials, the filmmaker’s spirit of radical invention diverged dramatically from Japanese filmmaking at the time, leading to the film's cult status.

© 1977 Toho Co., Ltd.

CREDITS

16MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 88 MINUTES, JAPAN, JAPANESE (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: NOBUHIKO ŌBAYASHI / WRITER: CHIGUMI OBAYASHI, CHIHO KATSURA / PRODUCER: TOMOYUKI TANAKA, NOBUHIKO ŌBAYASHI, YORIHIKO YAMADA / CINEMATOGRAPHER: YOSHITAKA SAKAMOTO / EDITOR: NOBUO OGAWA / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: TOHO CO, LTD / SCREENING FORMAT: 16MM