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The House With Laughing Windows [DVD] [1976]


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  • Actors: Lino Capolicchio, Francesca Marciano, Gianni Cavina
  • Directors: Pupi Avati
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Shameless
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008S9WEHW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,104 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Often mentioned yet rarely seen, director Pupi Avati's legendary cult horror masterpiece finally gets the release it deserves: restored and remastered under the director's supervision, it is presented with new audio, new improved subtitles plus a new exclusive interview with Avati - making this the definitive release of this exquisite masterpiece.

Stefano, a young artist, arrives in a tranquil Italian village to restore the local church's fresco of the St. Sebastian martyr - depicting the saint's bloody body slashed by arrows - painted some years earlier by a deranged local artist who, the villagers hint, created snuff paintings by torturing his models who were in the throes of dying when he painted them!

Gradually Stefano discovers the rumours about the painter might be true, as the village's gruesome and taboo secret unravels into a seething web of madness, gory deaths and unspeakable horror culminating in a final diabolical twist and jaw-dropping conclusion. Special Features

- New visuals & New audio (Original Mono & Dolby 5.1 Italian Audio.)
- Restored under the supervision of the director
- New improved sub-titles
- Includes brand new exclusive Interview with Director Pupi Avati,
- Theatrical Trailer
- Shameless Trailer park

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Daniels on 19 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
When Shameless Screen Entertainment first announced that they will be releasing THE HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS, I was excited to say the least! This has been one of those films that have long been on my list of titles to check out after hearing so many great reviews. Thankfully, the movie not only lived up to expectations, but surpassed them too!

THE HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS is an incredibly creepy film where almost every frame oozes with an eerie atmosphere and sense of dread. For all those who enjoy films such as DON'T LOOK NOW and THE WICKERMAN, you will love this film! It's also quite unique compared to other giallo films. Rather than focusing on outlandish gore, guts and boobies, THE HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS is much more reserved. Beautifully shot and with a haunting soundtrack, it's easy to see how this has become a classic of the genre. With its location being rural too, it's a unique blend of Lucio Fulci's incredible DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING, mixed with DON'T LOOK NOW and a slithering of SUSPIRIA.

This release is also superb. The film has been completely resorted under the director's supervision for this DVD and so it's looking better than it ever has.

I'd highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shaun on 28 Nov. 2014
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Artist arrives in small village, where there is something strange going on. Ultimately the story plods along for 80+ minutes until something interesting happens, of which the final 20 minutes are spent on a reveal. I loved all the views of the Italian countryside and old architecture on offer. While the story is boring, the naturalistic acting lifted the film up a notch.

Extras: The interview with director Pupi Avati was really rather interesting. He tells the story of how is previous film at that time was impounded. On a micro budget went onto make The House with Laughing Windows.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lord KitchenKnife on 28 April 2008
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Great film, very low-key & underplayed, a real slow-burner which gradually unwinds like a particularly venomous snake. The opening credits could be seen to give the wrong impression, but I must admit I prefer this kinda Giallo to the usual 'Trail of Dead' which tends to spring to mind at the mention of this genre. Pity there aren't more like this. I found the scene where we go to the eponymous house all the more powerful as I wasn't expecting it. This is very much in the vein (no pun intended) of an M.R.James tale than summat Argento or Fulci would have turned out; sure, the body count is low but the atmosphere is very powerful, especially as the circles Stefano has been running around get progressively smaller & smaller until...well, that'd be telling!
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After watching numerous below par Italian giallos in recent years this one immediately stands out from the rest of the pack. At times genuinely creepy and unsettling. For best results watch alone, in the dark and LOUD! This will make best advantage of the haunting soundtrack and will really get those hairs on the neck standing on end. The only thing I didn't like about the film was the ridiculous over the top ending but its kind of expected in this type of film. Recommended - a must watch for fans of the giallo genre.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lord KitchenKnife on 28 April 2008
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Great film, very low-key & underplayed, a real slow-burner which gradually unwinds like a particularly venomous snake. The opening credits could be seen to give the wrong impression, but I must admit I prefer this kinda Giallo to the usual 'Trail of Dead' which tends to spring to mind at the mention of this genre. Pity there aren't more like this. I found the scene where we go to the eponymous house all the more powerful as I wasn't expecting it. This is very much in the vein (no pun intended) of an M.R.James tale than summat Argento or Fulci would have turned out; sure, the body count is low but the atmosphere is very powerful, especially as the circles Stefano has been running around get progressively smaller & smaller until...well, that'd be telling!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By GoldfishNation on 13 Mar. 2008
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Antonio, recently reacquainted with his friend Stefano who has come to renovate a fresco in the local church depicting the Martyrdom of St Sebastian, has discovered something he shouldn't. Something is rotten in the Italian backwater, but before he can divulge his suspicions he finds himself on the wrong side of a top floor window and plummets to his death while a shadow lurks behind the curtains. So far, so giallo. The gruesome work of art is apparently key to uncovering some secret harboured by the town's residents, so the bulk of the film is then devoted to delving into the bloody back-story of the deceased Artist and his two insane sisters. The main problem here is that the film finds the central mystery much more mysterious than it actually is, and doesn't seem to realise it's given most of the details away. As the Painter's story unfolds - murky as it is - the important stuff (that the gruesome acts depicted in the artist's work might be real) is either implied by the promotional blurb, the opening credits sequence or already anticipated by our over-active imaginations.

What the film sorely needs in the absence of any real action is some clarification as to what it is we're actually supposed to be intrigued by while we wait for the body count to rise. There is a throwaway line later in the film which goes a long way to informing the story as a whole, and cements in our minds the very real danger at hand, but it comes a bit late in the day. Used earlier it would have given Stefano's amateur sleuthing some much needed impetus (Antonio's is too mundane and isolated a death and seems forgotten almost immediately).
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