Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mad 'House': Wanna See Something You'll Never Forget?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 4:58 PM

As promised in this week's film review, here is just one mind-damaging clip from the midnight movie this weekend at The Belcourt, quite possibly the oddest movie you will ever see: the 1977 Japanese horror film House (Hausu), in which seven schoolgirls on summer vacation meet a seriously twisted fate at a haunted estate. A bit more description:
A friend described the movie's first half as an experimental film made by an 11-year-old girl, and that fits: avant-garde devices such as screens within screens may be underscored with pancake-syrupy pop, or framed with the kind of gauzy borders a kid might sketch around a doodled unicorn. And the second half? Why spoil some of the only surprises to rattle movie screens all summer? I don't think this is giving away too much: There's an evil housecat, and it convinces a piano to eat one of the girls.
If you find the above clip bizarre, this will send your jaw clattering to the floor. It's a vintage 1970s ad for Mandom deodorant spray, made by House director Nobuhiko Obayashi. You'll recognize the devil-may-care romantic pitchman: Charles Bronson.

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