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->''"If an alien who had just landed on Earth cornered you one day and asked, "Hey, what's with all the Internet jokes about Japan being really weird?" you could show him this movie and he would say, "Oh." Then he would '''leave planet Earth forever'''."''
-->-- ''{{Website/Cracked}}'', ''[[http://www.cracked.com/article_18776_the-5-most-baffling-horror-movies-from-around-world.html The 5 Most Baffling Horror Movies From Around the World]]''

''Hausu'' (or ''House'') is 1977 Japanese [[SurrealHorror surrealist horror]] [[HorrorComedy comedy]] directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi. It is considered the SpiritualPredecessor to ''Film/TheEvilDead1981'', ''Hausu'' is the story of seven girls who decide to go to the country home belonging to the aunt of one of them, when all their summer vacation plans fall apart. Strange things begin to happen as it seems that evil forces are at work to KillEmAll. It can be best described as a drug-addled DavidLynch's version of a more colourful (if that's even possible) ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'' remake. TheCriterionCollection memorably described the film as both "a psychedelic ghost tale" and "an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou Scooby-Doo]]'' as directed by Creator/MarioBava"

It was released in North America in 2009 as ''House''. Not to be confused with the American haunted house movie called [[Film/{{House}} House]], or that ''other'' [[Series/{{House}} House]] who's a snarky doctor.
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!!Included:

* ActionGirl: Kung Fu.
* AgentMulder and AgentScully: Fanta and Prof., respectively.
* AndThatsTerrible: During the piano scene, Melody's disembodied head shows up to comment on how "naughty" and "indecent" the situation is.
* AsideGlance: From Auntie. [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou Very creepy]].
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:Auntie]]
* BadAss: Kung-Fu.
* ButtBiter: Mac's head
* CatsAreMean: [[spoiler:Shiro has to be one of the meanest cats ever to appear in a film.]]
* CoolTeacher: Togo.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Fantasy's the first one who notices something weird's going on, but everyone brushes off her suspicions.
* [[spoiler: DeadAllAlong: Auntie]].
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Auntie]]
* DeathBySex: [[spoiler:Inverted. Had the girls ''had'' sex, or been married, they wouldn't have been in danger]].
* DemBones: There's a doctor's skeleton hanging around; it occasionally dances for some reason. It's there because Auntie's Dad/Oshare's Grandpa used to treat patients there. So the house is technically also an AbandonedHospital. That's...that's super.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:Oshare]]
* {{Diary}}: Auntie's got one, and Prof desperately looks through it to see if there's some way to stop the haunting. [[spoiler:Nope.]]
* DullSurprise: Some of the acting, is, uh... a bit shaky.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: And that ''does'' mean '''everything'''.
* {{Fanservice}}: Tasteful (is that anything like the kind of word you'd use for a film like this?) for most of the film, but then it increases during the climax.
* FiveManBand: Seven, actually:
** TheHero: Oshare, before, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy y'know...]]
** TheBigGuy: Kung-Fu
** The BigEater: Mac
** TheSmartGuy: Prof.
** TheChick: Melody and Sweet
** FinalGirl: Fanta is meant to be this, [[spoiler:but she gets (implicitly) killed offscreen a few minutes before the ending]].
* GainaxEnding
* GeniusLoci: And it's hungry.
* HauntedHeadquarters: The titular House.
* HighPressureBlood: [[spoiler:Comes from out of the painting of Blanche, and doesn't stop until Prof is drowned.]]
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: Kung Fu's legs escape from, uh...f-from the house(?) long enough to kick the painting of Shiro in the face, apparently destroying Auntie. Unfortunately the house apparently just switches to using Oshare as its cat's-paw.]]
* KillEmAll: And in the most ''bizarre'' ways ever.
* LosingYourHead: Mac. Her detached head laughs, ''flies'' and ''and bites Fanta's butt''.
* MediumBlending: Animation is used throughout the film in place of a lot of special effects, due to it being the 70s and all. In one scene, a train ride is represented by a trip through a moving, brightly colored matte painting.
* MindScrew: There are pianos and lampshades (no no, not ''[[LampshadeHanging that]]'' [[LampshadeHanging kind]]) and ''bedsheets''. And they ''attack people''.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: ''Every character'' in this movie has a [[MeaningfulName nickname]].
* RightHandCat: Shiro, to Auntie; Really, [[TooDumbToLive people should have known something was up when the cat that walked in on Oshare when she was writing to her Aunt turned out to belong to said Aunt]].
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Sort of.
* SliceOfLife: Bizarrely, most of the movie ends up being this as the characters spend quite a while before actually noticing that the house is trying to kill them.
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: Sliding crazily all through the movie.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The incredibly cheery and happy soundtrack, provided by the Japanese-American PowerPop band Godiego.
* SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious: Virgins.
* SurrealHorror / SurrealHumor: The two tropes blend together, really. They even affect one another: All of the humor and the general light-hearted tone makes the horror scenes all the more unnerving
* StylisticSuck: Obayashi wanted the special effects to look as if a child had done them.
** Many of the strangest sequences in the film came from Obayashi's young daughter Chigumi, who even has a story credit on the final film.
* TooDumbToLive: All the surviving girls when they meet [[spoiler:a possessed]] Oshare and fail to notice it despite the glaring clues.
* WidgetSeries
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