Every Day Horror is SYFY WIRE's new limited podcast series. It begins today, October 1, and there will be a new episode every single ding-dong day up to and including Halloween. Old movies, new movies, kids movies, adult movies... every day we'll talk with a new guest about movies they love, movies they hate, and movies they maybe hate that they love.
Today's subject: Hausu (1977). Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, Hausu is a Japanese haunted house story with the tone and style of a commercial for household cleaning products. And that's... good? Yes. It's good. Maybe even great. Hausu mixes humor and terror in a way that would become a standard in later horror fare thanks to directors like Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson.
Hausu's latest release is through Criterion, which means it should be available to stream through its service, FilmStruck. But it's also available through Amazon and other VOD services. So today's assignment is to sit down, watch Hausu, and then listen to Chico and I talk about its history, its influence, and why we love it.