1977 & # 39; s House is undoubtedly one of the strangest movies ever made. Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi (with a narration by his former daughter), the film is a feverish dream of nightmarish imagery and unforgettable images. The end is no different – after the rest of the girls have been killed one by one, Ryoko, the new stop mother of Gorgeous, comes to visit the girls. She finds Gorgeous, presumably obsessed by her evil aunt. The two shake hands before Ryoko is burned. What does that mean?

In an early scene, Gorgeous is told by her father that he finally remarries after years as a widower, and Ryoko will be her new mother. Gorgeous answers with rage, scratching photos of her dad and desperate that anyone would ever try to replace her mother. When the girls go to the house of the same name, they are constantly confronted with symbolic and other references to femininity, marriage and motherhood. Gorgeous is afraid to accept Ryoko's place in her house because that means erasing the ambiguous role of the janitor she is performing with her father. So the end is her ideal scenario: a meeting between her and Ryoko, not as a new woman and her stepdaughter, but as two equals. That it ends when Ryoko is burned is no coincidence. Gorgeous wants to be both grown up (a caretaker for her father) and a child (demanding death for anyone who invades his happy home).


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