Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 film flew under the radar for years until the recent interest in Japanese horror films shined a light on its peculiar charms. Best viewed as The Haunting meets Hellzapoppin’, Hausu, at its gonzo best, works as a reminder of the staid and conservative state of current American horror films. The film, while a sizable hit in its homeland, never received a stateside release until its appearance on a must-have Criterion Blu-ray edition.
About Marshall Harvey
Marshall Harvey is a graduate of the film school at Cal Arts. After working on several documentaries, early music videos, and trailers for New World Pictures, he moved into feature films with The Sword and the Sorcerer. He has edited many movies and television productions with director Joe Dante including The ‘burbs, Matinee, The Second Civil War, Small Soldiers and Masters of Horror. Marshall has also done films with directors Steve Miner (Lake Placid), Mick Garris (Riding the Bullet) and Dario Argento (Dracula 3D).