Oh man, House is a fun movie. I had been wanting to see it for a while but would get sidetracked and distracted by other movies. I finally made the time because not only is it a shorter movie at a little under 90 minutes but more importantly its leaving the streaming service at the end of the month. Whenever I know that something is leaving a service because I don’t know if I’d have a chance to see it otherwise. I did geek out a little when I saw the Toho logo at the beginning, because I’m such a huge Godzilla fan.
House was written by Chiho Katsura with story by Chigumi Obayashi. It was directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi. The work that these people did with this isn’t really something that I feel like I can even properly discuss. This is one of the most wonderfully bizarre movies I’ve ever seen. The story is bizarre and the way the movie is laid out makes it feel almost like a fever dream. That also come from the cinematography and the visual effects. That’s not even mentioning the cast.
The cast was comprised of actors that mostly had little experience in acting. With only a couple having notable experience before this movie. It stars Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Ai Matubara, Kumiko Oba, Mieko Sato, Eriko Tanaka, Masayo Miyako, and Yōko Minamida. I don’t feel like I can properly describe the performances in House. They are as wonderfully bizarre as the movie is. The help make the movie what it is.
The visual effects in House help make it the wonderfully bizarre masterpiece that it is. With how extensive they are the fact that they look so good is a testament to the work that was put into it. The way the movie is edited helps with the visual effects and just how it all works together. The music from Asei Kobayashi and Mickie Yoshino is pretty fantastic. There are moments that sounds like an Italian horror movie from the same time, which is very impressive.
House is a wonderfully bizarre piece of Japanese cinema that people should watch at least once. This is on HBO Max through the Criterion Channel. That partnership brings a lot of interesting movie to that streaming service, including this movie. I don’t think I would have gotten a chance to see it otherwise. House is on HBO Max until the end of April. I give House 8 white cats out of 10.