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House (Hausu) (Not Rated)

Japanese with English subtitles

How to describe Nobuhiko Obayahshi’s 1977 movie House? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl, Oshare (Kimiko Ikegami), who wants to avoid spending summer vacation with her father's eerily placid girlfriend Ryôko (Haruko Wanibuchi). She opts instead to live at her ailing aunt’s creaky country home, bringing six classmates with her: Fanta (Kumiko Ohba), Kunfû (Miki Jinbo), Gari (Ai Matsubara), Sweet (Masayo Miyako), Mac (Mieko Satoh) and Melody (Eriko Tanaka). All come face to face with evil spirits, bloodthirsty pianos, and a demonic housecat. 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.