The House of the Laughing Windows ★★★★½

One can say that I have seen a few gialli in my day, they're often mesmerizing spectacles to admire. Also, more often than not, they're predictable. I hate to spoil anything but in most cases, if there's a priest, he's the killer, if there are 10 red herrings that are all male, the killer is a female, it's just the way of the game, folks.

The House of the Laughing Windows is not a conventional giallo. We, as an audience, are not following around a gloved assailant killing off beautiful women in orderly fashion. There are actually very few murders but plenty of mystery. I had feelings and theories of what will happen next but the immediate ending was a welcomed surprise, even to me.

The atmosphere and appearance of The House of the Laughing Windows was anything short of breathtaking, an eerie beautiful. From the rural locations to the side of a dilapidated house with bright red lips painted over the shutter-clad windows. There were scenes that I found almost frightening, which is a very seldom occurrence in your standard gialli.

There are so many films that begin to melt together and I have a hard time telling gialli apart, while they have really unique titles the stories are often fun while you're watching it but in reality, rather generic and easily forgettable after a few months time. The House of the Laughing Windows is going to stay with me, I'm sure of it.

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