Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 160: Saturday June 11

House (Obayashi, 1977): Cafe El Paso, 350-354 Old Street, EC1V 9NQ, 8pm FREE
Plus live music from GNOD and Teeth Of The Sea, and Night of the Long Swords club night.

A kitsch Japanese cult horror classic, complete with live bands and great DJ set.

Here is the Chicago Reader review:

'This incredibly odd Japanese horror feature (1977) is like a Hello Kitty backpack stuffed with bloody human viscera. The insufferably cute and campy opening scenes involve a schoolgirl who invites six gal pals to accompany her on a visit to her aunt's mansion in a dark wood. Once these mugging, irrepressibly sunny heroines have arrived, all hell breaks loose: one girl is decapitated, another watches her face shatter like a mirror, a third has her fingers bitten off by a piano keyboard. Director Nobuhiko Obayashi, making his feature debut after a career in commercials and experimental films, loads the movie down with visual effects both familiar (zooms, wipes, irises) and novel, for the era (some striking video animation). There's never a dull moment, though I certainly felt dulled by the time it was over.' 

Here is the suitably crazy trailer.

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