“House”: a night of horror stories and film

So Say We All, in collaboration with Art Power! at UCSD’s Reel Gems Film Series, team up to present original stories inspired by the genres of upcoming movie screenings.

First up was Nobuhiko Obayashi’s “House” – or “Hausu” in its original Japanese release – a cult horror classic often referenced as an early prototype for “Evil Dead” and similar absurdest / psychedelic horror films that followed in the years after it. Submissions should be horror / Halloween appropriate. Art Power provides the following description:

How to describe House? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby Doo as directed by Dario Argento? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home, only to come face to face with evil spirits, bloodthirsty pianos, and a demonic housecat. Too absurd to be genuinely terrifying, yet too nightmarish to be merely comic, House seems like it was beamed to Earth from another planet. Or perhaps the mind of a child: the director fashioned the script after the eccentric musings of his eleven-year-old daughter, then employed all the tricks in his analog arsenal (mattes, animation, and collage) to make them a visually astonishing, raucous reality. Never before released in the United States, and a bona fide cult classic in the making, House is one of the most exciting genre discoveries in years.

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