"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."
1977 Japanese horror movie by Nobuhiko Obayashi and considered the Spiritual Predecessor
to The Evil Dead
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 Kill 'em All
. It can be best described as a drug-addled David Lynch
's version of a more colourful (if that's even possible) Suspiria
It was released in North America in 2009 as House
. Not to be confused with the American haunted house movie called House
, or that other House
who's a snarky doctor.
- Action Girl: Kung Fu.
- Agent Mulder and Agent Scully: Fanta and Prof., respectively.
- And That's Terrible: During the piano scene, Melody's disembodied head shows up to comment on how "naughty" and "indecent" the situation is.
- Aside Glance: From Auntie. Very creepy.
- Ax-Crazy: Auntie
- Bad Ass: Kung-Fu.
- Butt Biter: Mac's head
- Cats Are Mean: Shiro has to be one of the meanest cats ever to appear in a film.
- Cool Teacher: Togo.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: Fantasy's the first one who notices something weird's going on, but everyone brushes off her suspicions.
- Dead All Along: Auntie.
- Deal with the Devil: Auntie
- Death by Sex: Inverted. Had the girls had sex, or been married, they wouldn't have been in danger.
- Dem Bones: 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 haunted house is technically also an Abandoned Hospital. That's...that's super.
- Demonic Possession: Oshare
- Diary: Auntie's got one, and Prof desperately looks through it to see if there's some way to stop the haunting. Nope.
- Dull Surprise: Some of the acting, is, uh... a bit shaky.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: 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, then there get to be pretty random boobies all over the climax.
- Five-Man Band: Seven, actually:
- Gainax Ending
- Genius Loci: And it's hungry.
- Haunted Headquarters: The titular House.
- High-Pressure Blood: Comes from out of the painting of Blanche, and doesn't stop until Prof is drowned.
- Hope Spot: 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.
- Kill 'em All: And in the most bizarre ways ever.
- Losing Your Head: Mac. Her detached head laughs, flies and and bites Fanta's butt.
- Medium Blending: Animation is used throughout the film in place of a lot of special effects, due to it being the 70s and all.
- Mind Screw: There are pianos and lampshades (no no, not that kind) and bedsheets. And they attack people.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Every character in this movie has a nickname.
- Right-Hand Cat: Shiro, to Auntie; Really, 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.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Sort of.
- Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: Sliding crazily all through the movie.
- Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Virgins.
- Surreal Horror / Surreal Humor: The two tropes blend together, really.
- Stylistic Suck: Obayashi wanted the special effects to look as if a child had done them.
- Too Dumb to Live: All the surviving girls when they meet a possessed Oshare and fail to notice it despite the glaring clues.
- Widget Series