House (Hausu, 1977) in theatres

Art House distributor Janus Films is sending this bizarre 1977 Japanese artifact to several theatres around the country. HOUSE (or Hausu in its native Japan) never saw North American theatrical release back when it was made, but it recently arrived on U.S. home video, prompting CFQ reviewer Peter McGarvey to remark: “Combining elements of the horror genre, an experimental film, and advertising commercials, it channels a unique dreamlike quality. Perhaps the strangest thing about HAUSU is that it was a big commercial hit in Japan when it was first released. Hated by the critics but loved by teenagers, it has attained legendary status over the years.”

Note: HAUSU has nothing to do with HOUSE (1986), the horror film directed by Steve Miner and starring William Katt.


  • November 5: Atlanta, GA – High Museum of Art
  • November 12: Los Angeles, CA – Landmark Nuart
  • November 19 – November 21: St. Petersburg, FL – Eckerd College
  • December 3 – December 9: Iowa CIty, IA – Bijou Theater
  • December 4 & 7: Pleasantville, NY – Jacob Burns Film Center
  • January 27: Sacramento, CA – The Crocker Art Museum (Digital)
  • January 29 Baxter Avenue Filmworks in Louisville, Kentucky
  • February 3 The Brattle Theatr in Cambridge, MA (double bill with KURONEKO)
  • February 4 Landmark Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles, California
  • February 19 William & Mary Global Film Festival in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • March 23 The Castro Theatre in San Francisco, CA (double bill with KURONEKO – formerly announced for March 9)

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About the Author

Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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