Anyone seen any other of his post-"Hausu" films? Anything as exciting and weird as that?
I've seen a few of them. Hausu and Crosshairs are definitely my favorites. His stuff is much more straightforward later in his career. He more or less abandons the visual creativity of his earlier stuff.
I'm trying to remember what it's called, but he has one about two sisters where one dies after being crushed by a log, and the rest of the movie is the other sister and the family trying to come to grips with it. It's pretty good. Can't remember which one that is.
― polyphonic, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
In the interviews on the disc, he and his daughter and the screenwriter all sound like they were mostly trying to be as entertaining -- and non "Japanese," at least in a cinematic sense -- as possible. It sort of makes sense that the indirect inspiration was Jaws, which also doesn't bother much about the line between funny and scary.
― something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:24 (1 year ago) Permalink
"Futari (Two of Us) is about two sisters, one of them the perfect child, the other clumsy and slow. One day, the perfect sister dies, and comes back as a ghost to guide her little sister."
This is the one I meant. It's pretty charming for the most part.
― polyphonic, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:27 (1 year ago) Permalink
oh man, i also loved this. it's been a while. jaws is a great point of reference i think. what counts for entertaining there is so familiar while what counts for entertaining in "house" is unfamiliar or taboo. both seem to go a little bit deeper in their entertainment to the point where the machinery is exposed so to speak.
― yo just a couple (Matt P), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:31 (1 year ago) Permalink
I really love those interview extras. He comes across like a proud grandparent.
― Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:29 (1 year ago) Permalink
I especially love the idea that so much of it came from his daughter. A house that eats girls! A piano that eats hands! A watermelon that turns into a head!
― something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:46 (1 year ago) Permalink