Obayashi's "House" Party (feat. "House", director in person!)


Can you believe it?!?! Nobuhiko Obayashi, filmmaker behind House — possibly the single craziest, unpredictable and most inventive Japanese feature film of its era — is gonna join the Cinefamily in a 35mm screening of the film, followed by a Q&A, and a House-themed shindig. A delirious pop-horror fantasy from one of Japan’s foremost cult filmmakers, House could be the most legendary horror film you’ve never seen. Former experimental filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi twists ghost story expectations inside-out by utilizing a multi-colored candy-coated visual style that pulls equally from TV commercials, soap operas and the avant-garde. The plot, such as it is, follows Oshare (Kimiko Ikegami) and six schoolgirls as they take an ill-advised summer trip to visit her spinster aunt. Obayashi uses the thin story to cram in as many dazzling experimental effects as the human retina can absorb. Humans turn into piles of bananas, pianos devour their players, animated demons spew blood and appendages — House is a gleeful melee that smashes genres together with more force than the Hadron Collider!
Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977, 35mm, 88 min.

Watch the trailer for “House”!
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