Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977 (88m)
As the school year draws to a close, young teenager Gorgeous (Kimiko Ikegami) invites a group of her school friends to stay at her aunt’s house in the country. When they arrive, they settle in for a relaxing break in the country house. It isn’t long, however, before strange and supernatural things start happening, with some of the girls losing their lives in bizarre accidents and attacks. Unable to escape, the survivors start investigating the strange goings-on… and they soon find out that the house isn’t going to let them leave without a fight. In honour of the great director Nobuhiko Obayashi - who passed away earlier this year - we’re proud to present his cult classic Hausu. It’s half horror comedy, half hallucinogenic bubblegum pop video - it surprises and delights at every turn, and has become one of the most enduring and popular Japanese films of the 1970s. It’s silly, outrageous, hilarious and frightening - often all at the same time. Strap yourself in and enjoy the ride: Hausu remains a riot of colour, blood and wild energy.