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Move Aside, Tommy Wiseau 

Wednesday, Apr 28 2010
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Japanese hallucinatory slapstick horror movies don’t always make the trip to America; it took Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House more than 30 years. But it’s currently enjoying an arthouse cult-in-the-making victory lap after being released stateside in 2010. Here’s a tip: If you think you’re the type who might enjoy Japanese hallucinatory slapstick horror movies, you are. The plot is strange: A house kills schoolgirls. A piano has teeth. Of course the plot is strange: Obayashi asked his 7-year-old daughter for some ideas and she, perhaps understandably, came up with a domicile that eats people. Obayashi himself added the surreal filmmaking techniques, like lots of animation when there shouldn’t be any animation. His primary experience, up to that point, had been filming Japanese cologne commercials starring Charles Bronson, so we can understand his need to napalm entire fields of cinematic convention and tradition.
May 7-8, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m., 2010

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