House House


Nobuhiko Obayashi

House (Criterion Blu-Ray)


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  • Japan
  • 1977
  • 88 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  • Spine #539

How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie House (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. Never before available on home video in the United States, it’s one of the most exciting cult discoveries in years.


DirectorNobuhiko Obayashi
ProducerNobuhiko Obayashi and Yorihiko Yamada
Concept byChigumi Obayashi
ScreenplayChiho Katsura
CinematographyYoshitaka Sakamoto
Production designKazuo Satsuya
MusicAsei Kobayashi and Mickie Yoshino
Songs performed byGodiego
EditingNobuo Ogawa
Director of special effectsNobuhiko Obayashi

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Constructing a “House,” a new video piece featuring interviews with director Nobuhiko Obayashi, story scenarist and daughter of the filmmaker Chigumi Obayashi, and screenwriter Chiho Katsura
  • Emotion, a 1966 experimental film by Obayashi
  • New video appreciation by director Ti West (House of the Devil)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Chuck Stephens

    Cover design by Sam Smith

Film Essays

House: The Housemaidens

By Chuck StephensOctober 26, 2010

A coming-of-age story about a clique of teenage schoolgirls who will never grow old and a . . . Read more »


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Photo Galleries


February 08, 2012


Cover Story

February 22, 2011

This week, Time is all too happy to judge a movie by its cover. Gilbert Cruz, an editor at . . . Read more »


Top Ten by Design

January 07, 2011

If you’re a movie lover, you’re probably overdosing on year-end top ten lists these days. Odds . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have . . . Read more »


Entering House

November 05, 2010

In a new interview at the blog Hamster Triathlon, Criterion’s Curtis Tsui reveals that he was . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: House

November 02, 2010

How to describe the indescribable? A slew of critics, slain by Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 House, . . . Read more »

Film Essays

House: The Housemaidens

By Chuck StephensOctober 26, 2010

A coming-of-age story about a clique of teenage schoolgirls who will never grow old and a . . . Read more »


Introducing Kuroneko

October 22, 2010

Hot on the heels of the hit theatrical run of Nobuhiko Obayashi’s cult sensation House, Janus . . . Read more »


Caption Contest Winners

October 06, 2010

Last month, we asked you to give us a hand in creating brief ad taglines for our October . . . Read more »

On Five

At Work with Curtis Tsui on Paths of Glory

August 05, 2010

I work in the editorial department here at Criterion, and I’ve recently taken it on myself to . . . Read more »



Introducing Nobuhiko Obayashi

November 13, 2009

Japanese director Nobuhiko Obayashi, who made the utterly bonkers 1977 kinda-horror film . . . Read more »