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2,845 Ratings



Directed by Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Japan, 1977
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror


A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt’s country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways.

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House Directed by Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

Critics reviews

HOUSE’s genius lies in its veritable catalogue of optical effects, displaying a virtuosity previously unseen from its maker. And yet, the film is more than just a sum of its traveling matte parts. True, its paper-thin plot does serve only to move from one novel death to the next, but this is the essence of all horror films. Like some giddy, crazed, superior version of THE ABOMINABLE DR PHIBES, HOUSE provides a fat-trimmed index of inventive ways to die, all with tongue placed firmly in cheek.
March 11, 2010
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What are people saying?

  • Not A Sexy Vampire's rating of the film House

    Too perfect for words, strange and mind-boggling and utterly delightful. Yet the trickery hides a horror, a sneaking suspicion that without that jaunty soundtrack what these girls experience is as horrific as it is sad. But then there's a version of the film's theme performed by cat's meowing while an elderly aunt dances with a skeleton so tonal variety is not a problem. Dreamy, weird, kinda perfect in its flaws.

  • EdieMaas's rating of the film House

    I love this film with my whole heart. Obayashi: "It wasn’t realism I wanted ppl to see, but our passion, hard work & innovation" Also Obayashi: "I had her suspended in the nude by a rope. Then, through a hole in the roof, we poured buckets of blue paint on her body to create a blue screen chroma key effect; As the blue liquid covered her body, those parts seemed to disappear.. We experimented like that every day." eg

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film House

    Definitively cult. It means that it is intended to a peculiar audience ready to accept something new. Personally, I don't have anything against this kind of movie. I had a good time during 88 minutes and that's all. I tried to find some food for my mind and was thrilled to see that there were seven girls involved (seven being a highly symbolic number). But the director didn't go farther with it. Already forgotten.

  • Henri de Corinth's rating of the film House

    Rewatch on a restored 40th-anniversary DCP. To be admired for its narrative construction (based almost entirely on Obayashi's then ten-year-old daughter's ideas of what scared her) and as a technical tour-de-force. Obayashi has always been highly experimental regarding film assembly and here he is almost in a contest with himself to see how much mixed media he can put into one film. There is a lot to appreciate.

  • Cojocariu Claudia's rating of the film House

    Obayashi’s eye-poppingly demented, jaw-droppingly inventive House is 1970s Japanese pop culture at its most delightfully unhinged extreme - a perfect warm up for Halloween. Or, in other words, le cinéma du WTF?!

  • mjgildea's rating of the film House

    2 1/3 or 3/5 stars. House is the closest thing to a live-action anime movie I can imagine. Some of what goes on in House is flat-out brilliant (namely when Gorgeous recounts her aunt's history & would-be marriage) but is then followed by overstimulating ridiculousness. The Mario Bava directing Scooby-Doo description isn't far off, but a live-action adaptation of a Sailor Moon episode on PCP feels more accurate.

  • Mark Garrett's rating of the film House

    At its heart this is liberation, a filmmaker free from all constraint, but paradoxically putting every scene and every movement under specific terms (one camera movement for this shot, another coloring for the next). Rad.

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film House

    So fucking crazy that it's a little hard to digest at first...about three hours after watching though, I wanted desperately to see it again. Like no other movie, for better and for worse (but really just for better).

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