October 31: Halloween At Holocene – FIN DE CINEMA | Music, Dancing & Japanese Cult Horror Film


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Holocene presents…

A screening of the 1977 Japanese cult horror flick House (Hausu)
Featuring a live score composed and performed by:
Soft Metals in collaboration with Arohan
Jewels of The Nile
Followed by a Halloween-themed disco dance party with Linger & Quiet
Maxx Bass

In this very special Halloween edition of Fin de Cinema, we present the mind-boggling Japanese haunted house flick House (Hausu)! This psychedelic barrage for the senses dazzled Portlanders citywide in its theatrical release by Janus Films earlier this year, and now, we present it with a soundtrack vividly re-imagined by some of Portland's finest synthesizer-wielding artists!

How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi's indescribable 1977 movie House (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt's creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. It's one of the most exciting cult discoveries in years.

Taking up scoring duties for this unforgettable film will be three of Portland's finest synth-based outfits, churning out a score as gorgeously dramatic and relentlessly energetic as this mind-boggling film itself. Soft Metals, who take ample cues from Italo Disco in their entrancing dance floor epics, will be joined by local techno great Arohan for a special collaborative set. Jewels of the Nile make brooding, gothic pop, shrouded in ancient mystery. Reporter bring a glamorous and celestial breed of synth-rock for a composition sure to be delightfully otherworldly.

But wait. There's more! We'll have dancing all night as soon as the film wraps up! Nightclubbing residents Linger & Quiet have prepared a radically ambitious, 100% Halloween-themed disco set for us this evening!