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House (1977)

Hausu (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | September 1977 (USA)
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A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which turns out to be haunted.

Director:

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

Writers:

Chiho Katsura (screenplay), Chigumi Ôbayashi (original story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kimiko Ikegami ... Oshare (Miyuki Koga) / Gorgeous / Oshare's Mother
Miki Jinbo ... Kung Fu
Kumiko Ohba ... Fantasy
Ai Matsubara ... Gari / Prof
Mieko Satô ... Mac
Eriko Tanaka ... Melody
Masayo Miyako Masayo Miyako ... Sweet
Kiyohiko Ozaki Kiyohiko Ozaki ... Keisuke Tôgô
Saho Sasazawa Saho Sasazawa ... Daddy Kogarashi
Asei Kobayashi Asei Kobayashi ... Watermelon Farmer
Mitsutoshi Ishigami Mitsutoshi Ishigami ... Photographer
Ippei Hara Ippei Hara ... Tora-san Lookalike
Tetsuo Kanai Tetsuo Kanai
Shôichi Hirose ... Ramen Trucker
Yasumasa Ônishi Yasumasa Ônishi ... Old Villager
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Storyline

Oshare (Gorgeous) is excited about spending summer vacation with her father, until she finds out that his beautiful, freakishly serene girlfriend Ryouko would be going as well. Oshare decides she will be going to her aunt's house in the country instead. She brings with her her friends from school - Fanta (who likes to take pictures, and daydreams a lot), KunFuu (who has very good reflexes), Gari/Prof (who is a major nerd), Sweet (who likes to clean), Mac (who eats a lot), and Melody (a musician). However, the girls are unaware that Oshare's aunt is actually dead and the house is actually haunted. When they arrive at the house, crazy events take place and the girls disappear one by one while slowly discovering the secret behind all the madness. Written by BT

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Taglines:

House is Calling to You Come Back Home and Marry Me

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House: The Director's Cut See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,032, 17 January 2010

Gross USA:

$209,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$209,765
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Company Credits

Production Co:

PSC, Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was commissioned by Toho studio in reaction to the success of foreign horror films like Jaws (1975) and designed to be a domestic reflection of the successful western films of the genre. See more »

Quotes

Keisuke Tougou-sensei: Ah! Bananas! Bananas everywhere!
Keisuke Tougou-sensei: Bananas! Bananas! Bananas! Bananas! Bananas! Bananas! Bananas! Bananas! Bananas! Bananas!
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Crazy Credits

The first half of the ending credits runs over candid footage of the actresses. During the second half, the credits appear over the poster illustration (similar to the Masters of Cinema cover, but with more color), scrolling up the ''tongue'' of the house. The main characters also show up on the sides of the screen. See more »

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Referenced in DYLAN (2017) See more »

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Eye-popping madness from a Japanese maverick
5 September 2011 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A weird and vibrant haunted house flick unlike anything else you'll ever see. HOUSE is revered by some as a classic of kitsch Japanese cinema; it's so outlandish, so bizarre that it avoids all attempts at pigeonholing and ends up in a genre all of its own. I guess you could call that genre "anything goes".

HOUSE resembles THE EVIL DEAD, not in look or style, but in the pure level of inventiveness on display. It's a film that's full of imagination and energy despite the often languid pacing, and the story of a group of schoolgirls visiting a crumbling mansion in the deep countryside is only the start of it. In one of the film's bizarrest highlights, a guy is transformed into a pile of bananas. It's that kind of film.

The real star is director Nobuhiko Ohbayashi, who delivers the kind of drug-crazed madness that fans of cult cinema can only dream of. Once the hauntings begin, they don't let up, and Ohbayashi delivers a non-stop roller-coaster of crude, low budget and silly special effects. There are disembodied heads, evil animated cat spirits, a carnivorous piano and much more besides. The cartoonish action on-screen is accompanied by a sublime music score, of which the central theme is the type to get in your head and stay put. I won't say anymore about the film, for fear of spoiling the effect, but if you're a fan of outré cinema then you simply have to see it.


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