House (Hausu) (1977)

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This week on Alcohollywood, we’re getting weird with it! 1977’s House (Hausu) is a wacky, sprightly, insane Japanese horror-comedy that follows seven teenage girls (all named after their chief personality trait) who visit an aunt’s house for the weekend, only to be greeted with carniverous pianos, watermelon-based horrors, deadly mattresses, and spooky cats, all filmed with a colorful, cartoony edge by experimental film director Nobuhiko Obayashi. The result is incredible in its wackiness and childlike glee, and truly has to be seen to be believed. We are joined this week by Three Brothers Theatre’s Nick Ostrem, who helps us untangle this madness, along with our signature cocktail and drinking rules. Check it out!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The House That Crack Built

hausu cocktail3 parts sake

1 part absinthe

cucumber, muddled

raspberries, muddled

2 parts orange-flavored tea

Muddle raspberries and cucumber in shaker; combine other ingredients and shake with ice. Pour into Collins glass; garnish with cucumber zest and raspberry.

 

DRINKING RULES FOR HAUSU:

  1. Every time you see Blanche the cat
  2. Every time the director uses circular framing (fish eye lenses, soft focus, iris-ing in/out)
  3. Whenever you see limbs or body parts

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Prof says “Kung Fu! The cat! Destroy it!”

Join us next week as we see what lengths James Bond and Sarah Connor have to go to in order to survive a deadly volcano in 1997’s Dante’s Peak!

Clint from Alcohollywood will be at B-Fest at Northwestern University on Friday, January 25th, watching 24 hours of awful B movies with some good folks and presenting the film Rhinestone! Check out details and stop by http://www.b-fest.com to learn more and snag some tickets!

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