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AUG 8, 2010


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'Hausu'

Why: This long-lost psychedelic ghost story—directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi and released in 1977—follows six schoolgirls as they embark on a weekend in a psychotically haunted house, brought to life through Obayashi's mind-bending amalgamation of live action, animation, and collage. As rereleasers Janus Films put it, "Too absurd to be genuinely terrifying, yet too nightmarish to be merely comic, Hausu seems like it was beamed to Earth from another planet." Totally true, and absolutely something to see. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863. 7 and 9 pm, $6–$9.)

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