6/22/11

Hausu (1977)

Hausu a.k.a. House
Not too long ago I reviewed The Hearse; a haunted house movie so bad that it made me a little angry.  So now, to make up for reviewing that piece of crap,  I present a Japanese film that is so bizarre that it must be seen to be believed.  It's also a haunted house film and it's a good one.  It's hard to describe but Hausu is kind of like what would happen if Takashi Miike, Tim Burton, Sam Raimi and Dario Argento got together to make a horror movie for kids with blood and boobies in it.  And it's probably best if you watch it while you're high.

A group of high school girls, each with a name to describe their primary ability or attribute such as Gorgeous, Kung-fu, Melody, Mac for stomach, Sweet, Prof, and Fantasy, need a place to go for summer vacation and they decide to visit Gorgeous's aunt and her creepy old house in the country.

Strange things begin to happen to the girls immediately.  They board the train and Gorgeous's aunt's white cat magically appears there with them.  None of the girls seem to think that's odd.  They arrive at the house after a strange encounter with a portly watermelon vendor, and make themselves at home with the creepy white haired aunt and her creepy white haired cat.  The girls tidy up the place and help with the meals and then they start to disappear one by one.


First, Mac is found decapitated but still cheerful and cheeky after going to retrieve a watermelon that was chilling in the well, then the other girls begin to die in situations related to their own personal attributes.  Is the aunt responsible?  Is the cat really a witch?  Is it the house itself that is consuming the girls?  I won't ruin it for you.

I can't even properly describe this film.  Everything including the sets, the effects, the dialogue, the plot - I mean everything - is just bizarre, but it works.  I can't recommend Hausu enough.  It's a great movie and perhaps even better when you're high.


Pipe Smoking Rating: 0.5 out of 5
Violence Rating/Index: 2.5 out of 5
Booby Rating/Index: 2 out of 5




Watch the trailer and it will give you an idea of what to expect from this film.





19 comments:

Mr. Cactus said...

House definitely seems worth watching.

The Angry Lurker said...

Best if you watch it while you're high, an alternative name for a blog.

trawler666 said...

Idk, looks kind of odd. Will definitely give it a shot though. Followed!

Copyboy said...

Looks trippy with a smidge of horror.

Astronomy Pirate said...

These seems exactly like something Japan would make.

D4 said...

This one's going on the list. I want to see this one, I really really do.

-E- said...

haha that trailer was awesome. weirdness, pop-music montage, and then carnage.

thenitefalls said...

I like bizarre, surreal films and I'm loving the imagery! So I'm going to give this one a go

Henry said...

Takashi Miike, Tim Burton? This one's worth checking out

Zombie said...

nothing wrong with a little asian woman nipple. lol.

A Beer for the Shower said...

I see this movie box every time I visit the video store. I always assumed by the cover art that it was an animated version of the musical CATS. Will have to check it out next time.

Kicking Rocks said...

yay boobies

Bonjour Tristesse said...

A crazy classic. I have this on my list of films to blog about, as soon as I watch the Criterion Blu-Ray

Aaron M. Gipson said...

It just goes to show that it's all fun and games until the Japanese director gets a hold of a sheet of acid...

I kind of want to check this out though, I have a feeling the search will be pretty difficult for me down here.

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Holy crap I found it!

Bart said...

wheres hugh laurire

Magixx said...

japanese stuff was always kinda special! love it!

Laughing Vault said...

it looks very creepy

tentas said...

crazy lsd japan horror!love it!

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