Nobuhiko Obayashi's "House"

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My second favorite Ohbayashi movie is Nerawareta Gakuen.

polyphonic, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 03:44 (five years ago) Permalink

this movie is pretty out there. watched it about a year ago, I liked it a lot.

dmr, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 04:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Blanche plays a mean piano.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 04:44 (five years ago) Permalink


and vice versa

preternatural concepts concerning variances in sound and texture (contenderizer), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 04:48 (five years ago) Permalink

I kept putting off seeing it when it was playing in Chicago until I finally missed it. And then I bought the DVD as soon as it came out and I still haven't watched it. I dunno what my problem is.

Marty McBrundlefly (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 04:52 (five years ago) Permalink

I kinda want to watch it for the firs time with the right people at the right time.

Marty McBrundlefly (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 04:53 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

On my second time getting this out of the library, I finally watched it (partly because of the horror poll). Nutso. All the heightened artificiality of the design and the performances made me think a little of Guy Maddin, and the acid rock stuff feels a bit like Suspiria, but really it's not like anything else at all. Mindboggling to me that it was a big hit when it came out. Makes me wonder about its influence on the J-horror generation of filmmakers.

Anyway, lots of fun.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 29 April 2012 03:57 (five years ago) Permalink

this should be double-billed w/ Zardoz.

a big fat fucking fat guy in a barrel what could be better? (Eisbaer), Sunday, 29 April 2012 04:08 (five years ago) Permalink

crap + crap!

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 29 April 2012 08:33 (five years ago) Permalink

You stinker.

Time, a group with Jam and Lewis (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 29 April 2012 10:14 (five years ago) Permalink

This brand of camp and schoolgirl uniforms just don't do it for me.

(I hate to think how many pairs of jeans Tarantino ruined watching this, though)

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 29 April 2012 15:59 (five years ago) Permalink

I saw "The School in the Crosshairs" recently. It was pretty enjoyable! It more or less lays off the crazy effects til the very end, and damned if I could even remember the plot right now, but it was pretty great. Anyone seen any other of his post-"Hausu" films? Anything as exciting and weird as that?

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 16:30 (five years ago) Permalink

i don't think this is camp -- they were trying to make it really scary!

Philip Nunez, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:01 (five years ago) Permalink

well, and funny, and campy, and flat fucking bizarre

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:04 (five years ago) Permalink

are they winking at you though? you can be spaceballs goofy without being campy.

Philip Nunez, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:16 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years 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 (five years 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 (five years 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 (five years 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 (five years 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 (five years ago) Permalink

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