House (1977)


House (1977)

Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi
Starring: Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Ohba

A girl invites her friends to her aunt's house in the country. Little do they realize that the house is haunted until it starts claiming one after the other.

Well, this is certainly an experience. This starts out like a high school sitcom, then dips into classic Japanese horror but never loses its comedic edge. It's full of 60s-esque trippiness (even though it was made in the 70s) and it honestly wouldn't take much to have played it as straight horror, but it's a lot more memorable as a parody. It's very quirky and if you don't key into its sense of weirdness, you may not enjoy yourself. If you embrace the absurdity, though, you're in for a fun ride. You may well walk away from it puzzled, but I'm pretty sure you'll have a laugh or two along the way. By the way, if we're taking waifu votes, Kung Fu is the hero Japan needs. Anyway, give this one a watch.

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