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Monday, November 14, 2011

Hausu headlines Scumbag Cinema at Antenna Gallery

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Nobuhiko Obayashi's Hausu (1977) is bizarre horror camp film that, like many things Japanophiles love (Hello Kitty, Manga comics, Japanimation), is not meant to be amusing in exactly the same way foreigners may appreciate it. The film seems like an odd mashup of Sid and Marty Krofft-style pop surrealism and horror gore. If the Japanese schoolgirls are cutesy or effusive, that's just the way some Japanese kids are. It's not done for effect in the movie. But Obayashi wasn't following any strict genre rules, and the effect can be befuddling — in an amusing way. More here. Hausu screens in the Scumbag Cinema series at Antenna Gallery 9 p.m. Wednesday. Upcoming films include the French horror film Litan Nov. 23, a duo of failed cop dramas, Samurai Cop and Maniac Cop, on Nov. 30, and Alex Cox's (Repo Man) modern western Straight to Hell (starring Joe Strummer and Courtney Love) on Dec. 7. Free admission.

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