The House of the Laughing Windows ★★★★★

This is one seriously dark and disturbing movie and I love it. I actually think this was the very first dvd I rented from Netflix when I originally signed up back in 2006 before streaming was really a thing.

A guy comes to a small village to restore a macabre fresco and gets wrapped up in the secrets behind the painting. Right from the beginning, you know you’re in for a hella dark time with that creepy ass voice talking about pain and suffering and somesuch. I’ve never seen a dubbed version of this and I think that’s probably a good thing because that voice would never be properly recreated.

There’s some beautiful scenery, spooky old houses, strange townsfolk, and an ending that I can’t imagine anyone sees coming on their first watch. It’s insane and it’s one of the absolute best giallos I’ve ever seen (currently my 3rd favorite). It’s really not much like a traditional giallo at all, but it is nonetheless just brilliant, haunting, and impossible to forget. Even the music is beautifully sinister. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and bump it right on up to the top of your watchlist.

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