Hausu (House)
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This satirical murder mystery pits a woman who is the epitome of glamour (played by Haruko Wanibuchi) against a clever murderer during a holiday stay at a strange ghostly mansion. Seven young women, who have chosen as nicknames the brand names of much-advertised consumer products, begin to disappear in a decidedly suspicious manner. Are they fashion victims? How else can one explain the eerie coordination between their pastel outfits and the pastels of the rooms in which they appear? It is up to the heroine -- whose every screen appearance is heralded by special lighting, gentle breezes, and a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Gigglers and cultists, pony up."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Bizarre ghost story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If you crashed a teenage girls' pyjama party after necking some bad acid, this is probably what it'd feel like."
‑ Ian Berriman, SFX Magazine
"Is it good? The question seems to miss the point. It's like nothing you've every seen..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"It's about equal parts brilliant, baffling, ridiculous, and unwatchable."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"While there's a dweeby midnight-movie inventiveness about the look of all this, there's also an awful lot to forgive artistically (or to drunkenly roll with, as the case may be)."
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"House suggests that the nitrous-oxide hyperdrive of Japanese pop culture-as vivid now as ever in entertainments like Takashi Miike's Yatterman, for instance-is a brilliantly imagined, if not in fact transcendental brand of therapy"
‑ Steve Dollar, Paste Magazine
"Daffy and brilliant in equal measure, single-minded in its devotion to every wacko trick available to an analog director."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"compelling in its own right, even if it is impossible to take seriously as anything more than a delirious, envelope-pushing experiment"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"That House was made at all is a minor miracle. That it has returned, to critical acclaim and a new generation of fans, is a major miracle. Truly, this is some kind of wonderful."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Delirious, deranged, gonzo or just gone, baby, gone -- no single adjective or even a pileup does justice to House."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Pushed the boundaries of the depiction of terror on screen and reveals the interest in the language of experimental filmmaking in genre and mainstream cinema of the time."
‑ Alex Fitch, Electric Sheep
"Takes its good, sweet time in getting to the ostensibly scary stuff. But you won't be bored."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"Really the Damndest Thing: a gleefully chaotic DayGlo haunted house movie (Sam Raimi has to have seen this) that suggests the Sid and Marty Krofft universe gone mental. Ok, mental-er."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"So Sam Raimi, Dario Argento, Russ Meyer and Roman Polanski all walk into a bar ..."
‑ Corey Hall, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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