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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''.

"Gorgeous" an oddly named Japanese teenaged girl, is unpleasantly surprised when her widowed father tells her that he is getting remarried. She decides to get out of town, and invites six of her friends--the also oddly named Melody, Sweet, Fantasy, Kung Fu, Prof, and Mac--to the country to visit the home of her "Auntie". Auntie receives them pleasantly but it quickly becomes apparent that something is very wrong with her. Something is very wrong with her house as well. 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 Creator/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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!!''Hausu'' shows examples of:

* ActionGirl: Kung Fu is a skilled martial artist. She loses, but she goes down fighting.
* AgentMulder and AgentScully: Fantasy 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. A camera on the roof shows Auntie go ''into the refrigerator''. She then appears on the roof in the foreground, and looks right at the camera. [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou Very creepy]].
* AxCrazy: Auntie, and her house, want to eat the girls.
* ButtBiter: Mac's head pops up out of the well to bite Fantasy in the butt.
* CatsAreMean: Shiro has to be one of the meanest cats ever to appear in a film.
* CoolTeacher: Togo. It doesn't stop him from getting transformed into a pile of bananas.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Fantasy's the first one who notices something weird's going on, but everyone brushes off her suspicions.
* DeadAllAlong: Auntie. It is revealed that Auntie has been dead for many years, but that she wanted to be married so badly that her body "stayed alive after death" and eats all the unmarried girls that visit the house.
* DeathBySex: 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/Gorgeous's Grandpa used to treat patients there. So the house is technically also an AbandonedHospital. That's...that's super.
* DemonicPossession: Gorgeous in the end is possessed by Auntie and the spirit of the house.
* {{Diary}}: Auntie's got one, and Prof desperately looks through it to see if there's some way to stop the haunting. Nope.
* DullSurprise: Some of the acting, is, uh... a bit shaky.
* DwindlingParty: The house kills the girls one by one over the course of the movie.
* 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. Gorgeous takes a bath; Kung-Fu spends the latter portion of the movie in nothing but a halter top and panties. Prof loses all her clothes in the water of the flooded house right before she disappears forever. Gorgeous is semi-topless for her final scene with Fantasy.
* FiveManBand: Seven, actually:
** TheHero: Gorgeous, before, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy y'know...]]
** TheBigGuy: Kung-Fu
** The BigEater: Mac
** TheSmartGuy: Prof.
** TheChick: Melody and Sweet
** FinalGirl: Fantasy is meant to be this, but she gets (implicitly) killed offscreen a few minutes before the ending.
* GainaxEnding: The deeply strange ending to this deeply strange movie has Gorgeous, who seems to have taken Auntie's place, receiving her would-be aunt Ryoko at the house--and apparently killing her. Then a little meditation about ThePowerOfLove that comes out of nowhere. Then, roll credits.
* GeniusLoci: And it's hungry.
* HauntedHeadquarters: The titular House.
* HighPressureBlood: Comes from out of the painting of Blanche, and doesn't stop until Prof is drowned.
* HopeSpot: 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 Fantasy's butt''.
* MaidenAunt: Auntie was left this way after her betrothed was killed in the war. She is very very pissed off about being a maiden aunt.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Melody smiles cheerfully and says "My fingers are gone" when she sees that the piano has eaten her fingers. She reacts more strongly when the piano eats the rest of her.
* 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''.
* MonochromePast: The flashback to Auntie's romance before the war is presented not just in monochrome, but in silent-movie style, complete with intertitles.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: ''Every character'' in this movie has a [[MeaningfulName nickname]].
* RedHerring: Ryoko is introduced as weird and spooky, with an oddly detached manner, and a wind effect that always has her clothes blowing around her. She proceeds to take no part in the story until she pops up again at the end, only for Gorgeous to kill her.
* RightHandCat: Shiro, to Auntie; Really, [[TooDumbToLive people should have known something was up when the cat that walked in on Gorgeous 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.
* SplashOfColor: The MonochromePast flashback to Auntie and her boyfriend shows his draft notice in color, and also shows the flower Auntie's clutching in color as she gets the bad news telegram.
* SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious: Virgins. They're yummy.
* 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.
* ThemeNaming: All the girls have weird names that match their stock character personalities. Gorgeous is the prettiest one, Kung Fu is the martial arts heroine, Fantasy is given to flights of fancy, Prof is the smart one, Melody is the musician, Sweet is the nicest one, and Mac is--uh, the BigEater.
* TooDumbToLive: All the surviving girls when they meet a possessed Gorgeous and fail to notice it despite the glaring clues.
* VideoCredits: An apparently out-of-character sequence showing the actresses skipping about a field as the credits roll.
* WidgetSeries
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