NOBUHIKO ÔBAYASHI | JAPAN | 1977 | 88 MIN | NR | JAPANESE
The midnight movie gods, or devils, that be must have been on something when they possessed Japanese cult director Nobuhiko Obayashi to create one of the most bizarre and silly, yet nightmarishly endearing films of all time in 1977’s Hausu (House). Led by a team of kickass Japanese school girls with trait appropriate names like the athletic Kung Fu, daydreaming Fantasy, and hungry Mac, Obayashi goes for broke with a psychedelic haunted house film featuring severed heads, cartoon cats, and a chomping piano. Dismayed at the surprise marriage of her widowed father to a new woman, schoolgirl Gorgeous and six classmates visit her aunt for the summer for some cheering up. Upon arrival the friends encounter creepy bumps in the night and household appliances with an insatiable appetite for schoolgirls. As the night wears on and the girls begin to mysteriously disappear it will take an out of control, high flying finale to save the day.
Cast: Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Ohba, Ai Matsubara
Part of the Philadelphia Film Society’s AFTER HOURS series.
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