- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 11, 2003
- Originally Released: 1976
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.78
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - Italian
- Additional Release Material:
- Behind the Scenes
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Lobby Card Gallery
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Total Film - 11/01/2006
3 stars out of 5 -- "Avanti's shocker scores high on atmosphere with a series of malign moments..."
Arriving in a small Italian village, ostensibly to restore a fresco painting in a local church, Stefano uncovers some gruesome truths about the origins of the painting. The rumor sweeping the village that the depictions of murder and torture in the fresco were painted directly from real events takes an intriguing twist when a string of locals are murdered in mysterious circumstances. Inexplicably chained to the madness and horror occurring around him, Stefano struggles to escape the village as the chain of events close in around him.
Description by Image Entertainment:
A remote Italian village harbors unspeakable secrets, as young Stefano ("The Garden of the Finzi-Continis'" Lino Capolicchio) discovers when he arrives to restore a local church's decaying, painted fresco depicting the slaughter of St. Sebastian. Townspeople whisper that the original artist painted directly from real life, with models tortured and murdered all in the name of art. Suddenly a new, terrifying chain of murders begins, and Stefano finds himself caught in a chilling web of madness and unspeakable horror from which he may never escape! This exquisite masterpiece of Italian horror seethes with menacing atmosphere and diabolical plot twists guaranteed to haunt your dreams. Never before released in America, "The House with Laughing Windows" (La casa dalle finestre che ridono) is the crowning achievement of internationally hailed director Pupi Avati (The Story of Boys and Girls, Zeder) and has been restored to its full gothic glory from the original camera negative.
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