by Jeff Niesel
An old Japanese horror movie that's found a second life as a cult classic, Hausu has its local premiere tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art as part of the Museum's "Friday Night First-Runs" series. Here's our review.
Hausu (Japan, 1977) This Japanese horror movie was made more than 30 years ago, and while it's now become a cult classic, Nobuhiko Obayashi's film doesn't hold up. Even by B-movie standards, the special effects are cheesy and the acting is generally shoddy. The story surrounds Oshare (Kimiko Ikegami), a young Japanese schoolgirl who recruits six screeching friends to go on vacation with her to her aunt's house in the countryside. Of course, the place turns out to be haunted, and it's not long before an angry ghost comes after them. The ghost chops off one girl's fingers when she plays the piano and and hurls pillows at another girl, suffocating her. The campy film is more strange than scary and shouldn't be confused with all the contemporary Japanese horror movies that have received much-deserved stateside attention. ** (Jeff Niesel)