Bookmans Recommends | House (Hausu)

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 25 Oct by

Frightful Fall may be winding down, but that’s no reason to stop celebrating! We at Bookmans recommend some additional home screenings of spooky classics, preferably with candy or kettle corn. One of our top choices for October entertainment is Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 comedy-horror film, House (Hausu). This true indie masterpiece is comprised of almost all amateur actors, only Kimiko Ikegami and Yōko Minamida had previously acted on film.


Combining supernatural elements with humor, House centers around a schoolgirl and her classmates who are, one by one, devoured by a relative’s haunted manse (hence the title.) Inspired by the film Jaws and influenced by ideas from Obayashi’s daughter, House was initially a hit with audiences in Japan yet panned by critics. After its wide release over 30 years later in North America, Obayashi’s cult film was received with adoration from fans and acclaim from reviews. Keep your eyes peeled for this cult classic on DVD or Blu-Ray at any of our six Bookmans locations. Our friendly staff is always happy to help track down rare and coveted videos like House. We can always transfer items from any of our stores to your local Bookmans at no additional cost if your store doesn’t have the title you want.

Speaking of cult classics, be sure to check out Cinemania at FilmBar in Downtown Phoenix! Cinemania is a monthly series that highlights all-time favorite genre films on the big screen. Hosted by Dan Stone of The Unfathomable Film Freakout, Cinemania celebrates the essence of FilmBar – Phoenix’s true indie cinema. Since opening in 2011, FilmBar has made it their mission to preserve the art of independent film in the local community. The innovative programming of Andrea Canales and Dan Stone has attracted many accolades including Phoenix New Times Best of Phoenix “Best Independent Theater” and Phoenix Magazine’s Best of The Valley “Best Cinema.” Specializing not only in the latest independent and foreign films but in local, cult and classic films, FilmBar offers something for everyone.

Tell us in our comment section about a horror classic that you’d see on the big screen. Perhaps the seminal zombie masterpiece Night of the Living Dead. Maybe the horror-comedy cult classic The Evil Dead.

Whatever your cinematic heart desires, be sure to drop by your favorite Bookmans location. We’re happy to help you to try and locate House (Hausu) or suggest another you may have never heard of or forgotten all about. Stop in today and let’s start watching!

*Bookmans is your store to explore. We can’t guarantee stock, so if you are interested in one of the items mentioned, please give us a call! We can always check our orange shelves for you.






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