The wonderfully weird world of ‘Hausu’ {Halloween film review}


October is here! Halloween is fast approaching…and it’s the perfect time of year foooor…you guessed it–scary movies~! rainbow flashy stars Now, I don’t know about you, but while I can appreciate creepy aesthetics, I actually have a rather weak stomach. Gory slasher flicks are hard for me to sit through, and jumpscares have me through the roof…! tumblr_inline_mmzqoljEsr1qz4rgp But there’s a fantastic movie that I like to bring out every Halloween, that’s the perfect mix of horror, camp, and humor…and that movie is Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s ‘Hausu’.

Now, Japanese horror films are often considered a genre of their own by movie buffs–and there are so many classic J-horror movies to choose from! “Ju-on” (“The Grudge“), “Audition”, and “Ringu” (“The Ring“) are just a few films that come to mind when thinking about the genre. These movies are famous world-wide, and have even come to set the standard with certain horror movie tropes (like spooky ghost girls with long black hairtumblr_inline_mmzqoljEsr1qz4rgp). But the film we’re discussing today is infamous in a different way…The plot is absurd. The acting is cheesy. The special effects are hokey. But the reason that this movie has so many fans throughout the world is because, well…there’s just nothing else like it! It’s one of those movies that’s hard to describe–you just have to jump in and experience it! But, this is a blog with words, so I’ll do my best to introduce you to this trippy world full of blood-spewing cats and dancing skeletons…

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