City Cinema Presents: Hausu
18A, violence and mature content
Dir: Nobukiho Obayashi
Japan, 1977, 88 min
Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Ôba
A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt’s country home, which turns out to be haunted in director Nobuhiko Obayashi’s celebrated cult nightmare. Obayashi (His Motorbike, Her Island, The Floating Classroom) is far & away one of Japan’s most prolific filmmakers, and Hausu is his crown jewel. Blending intimate and terrifying hallucinations with unnerving surrealism, Hausu is a dizzying film that must be seen to be believed.