Presented by Fareena Arefeen, 2016 Houston Youth Poet Laureate

Extending the spirit of Halloween, this hallucinatory head trip follows a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home. Evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions are all realized by filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. House is a memorable cult favorite that is hard to describe—and not to be missed!

“Delirious, deranged, gonzo or just gone, baby, gone—no single adjective or even a pileup does justice to House … [an] energetic exemplar of pulp surrealism.” —New York Times

House … is really the Damndest Thing: a gleefully chaotic DayGlo haunted house movie (Sam Raimi has to have seen this) that suggests the Sid and Marty Krofft universe gone mental. Ok, mental-er …” —Seattle’s Stranger

House is very real, very strange and willfully weird. The result is phantasmagoric nonsense, as if Sam Raimi, Dario Argento, Russ Meyer, and Roman Polanski had randomly edited together clips from a soap opera, a slasher flick, and a feminine hygiene commercial.” —Detroit’s Metro Times

• Read more about the film here and here.

About the Speaker
Fareena Arefeen is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and is majoring in English at the University of Texas at Austin. She was Houston’s second Youth Poet Laureate.

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Nobuhiko Obayashi
Japanese with English subtitles
Running Time
88 minutes
35mm, Color