Rewatch on a restored 40th-anniversary DCP. To be admired for its narrative construction (based almost entirely on Obayashi's then ten-year-old daughter's ideas of what scared her) and as a technical tour-de-force. Obayashi has always been highly experimental regarding film assembly and here he is almost in a contest with himself to see how much mixed media he can put into one film. There is a lot to appreciate.
I found it moderately entertaining for obvious reasons; it's loud, it's vibrant, it's hysterical...I've certainly never seen anything like it before (what drugs were these people on?). 'House' is the highest of high Japanese camp, which is certainly not my genre of choice, but there is an inventive quality to it that had me unable to detach myself. I think it's striving just a bit too hard to be something 'unique'.
L'epitome assoluta dell'opera di Obayashi, un esempio di cinema talmente estremo ed eccessivo da risultare impossibile da giudicare se non per assoluti. Ogni inquadratura è una trovata visiva, ogni scena un delirio lisergico. Horror, fantasy e commedia grottesca si fondono per dar vita a un ibrido tanto affascinante quanto inintelligibile. Più che un film, un'esperienza. Cinque stelline del tutto simboliche.