MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,854 this week

The House That Screamed (1969)
"La residencia" (original title)

GP  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  1969 (Spain)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 1,452 users  
Reviews: 44 user | 43 critic

Lilli Palmer owns and runs a school for wayward girls in France. Her absolute discipline has fostered a social order among the girls with rampant sex, lesbianism and torture the norm. ... See full summary »

Writers:

(screenplay) (as Luis Peñafiel) , (story) (as Juan Tebar)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 08 Oct 2010
 
a list of 30 titles
created 12 Apr 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 02 May 2012
 
list image
a list of 32 titles
created 07 Nov 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 30 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The House That Screamed (1969)

The House That Screamed (1969) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The House That Screamed.
3 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Two old maid sisters are running a little family hotel in Spain. They are very religious and the moral of the foreign tourist girl is too much for them, they start to kill them.

Director: Eugenio Martín
Stars: Judy Geeson, Aurora Bautista, Esperanza Roy
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Six of seven tourists in a east European castle overnight are victims of a helper of the devil. Is Satan willing to spare their souls?

Director: Jean Brismée
Stars: Erika Blanc, Jean Servais, Daniel Emilfork
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An attorney arrives at a castle to settle the estate of its recently deceased owner. The owner's wife and daughter reveal that he was someone who was able to summon the souls of ancient ... See full summary »

Director: Massimo Pupillo
Stars: Walter Brandi, Mirella Maravidi, Barbara Steele
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A cop chases two hippies suspected of a series of Manson family-like murders; unbeknownst to him, the real culprits are the living dead, brought to life with a thirst for human flesh by chemical pesticides being used by area farmers.

Director: Jorge Grau
Stars: Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy
The Embalmer (1965)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A crazed killer is on the loose in the catacombs of Venice, Italy. He stalks beautiful women, drags them to his underground lair, kills them, then stuffs them and adds them to his "collection."

Director: Dino Tavella
Stars: Maureen Brown, Luigi Martocci, Alcide Gazzotto
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In Medieval France a warlock is be-headed and his wife tortured and executed. Hundreds of years later an isolated group of people discover his head buried on their property. Soon it comes ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Aured
Stars: Paul Naschy, Emma Cohen, Víctor Alcázar
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

An evil, sadistic count lives in a waterfront castle with his insane family members. One day the survivor of a shipwreck washes ashore near the castle and finds himself a captive there.

Director: Pat Boyette
Stars: Russ Harvey, Helen Hogan, William McNulty
Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

An evil ruler uses witchcraft and evil spirits to keep his subjects in line, but the his reign of terror prompts the people to revolt.

Director: León Klimovsky
Stars: Paul Naschy, Norma Sebre, Guillermo Bredeston
Mystery | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An insurance scam lands a man on death row for murdering his wife. What everyone doesn't know is she really isn't dead.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Jean Sorel, Marisa Mell, Elsa Martinelli
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

A recently widowed writer rents a haunted house in which to write his latest novel and is soon beset by the various ghosts in the house bent on claiming him as their next victim.

Directors: John Polonia, Mark Polonia
Stars: Bob Dennis, Stevan Anselmi, Henry Thomas
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A crazy woman who lives in an old mansion thinks she's with her brother/lover, who lures victims to her.

Director: S.F. Brownrigg
Stars: Camilla Carr, Gene Ross, Stephen Tobolowsky
3-2-1 (1978–1987)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Three couples compete in a missing word game, with the winning couple going on to solve riddles left by guest performers to win prizes and avoid Dusty Bin's booby prize.

Stars: Ted Rogers, Chris Emmett, Caroline Munro
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Sra. Fourneau
Cristina Galbó ...
Teresa
...
Luis (as John Moulder Brown)
Maribel Martín ...
Isabelle
Mary Maude ...
Irene
Cándida Losada ...
Srta. Desprez
Pauline Challoner ...
Catalina (as Pauline Challenor)
Tomás Blanco ...
Pedro Baldie
Víctor Israel ...
Brechard
Teresa Hurtado ...
Andrea
María José Valero ...
Elena
Conchita Paredes ...
Susana
Ana María Pol ...
Claudia
Mari Carmen Duque ...
Julia (as María del Carmen Duque)
Paloma Pagés ...
Cecilia
Edit

Storyline

Lilli Palmer owns and runs a school for wayward girls in France. Her absolute discipline has fostered a social order among the girls with rampant sex, lesbianism and torture the norm. Palmer also has an adolescent son (Moulder Brown) she tries to keep isolated from the young women lest he be tainted by sexual relations; She explains that he must wait for a girl "just like his mother". Meanwhile, girls are "running away" (being murdered) one by one, with their corpses and any evidence of their outcome not to be found. Beware cut versions; the film was shown back in the 70's on network TV chopped to only 76 minutes! Written by Arthur Workman <arthur49@user1.channel1.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Suspense is Sheer Torture in ... "The House That Screamed" See more »


Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

1969 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

House of Evil  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Gross:

ESP 104,871,715 (Spain)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Contains the first ever close-up slow-motion murder in Spanish cinema history. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Exceptional, unique and ahead of its time
5 August 2001 | by (Zürich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This rather rare film from the director of "Quien Puede Matar a un Niño" (better known as "Island of Death" or "Who could kill a child", see also my comment on that) tells an intriguing and uncomfortable story about sinister things happening in a French boarding school around 1900. The acting is thoroughly outstanding, especially by Lilli Palmer as the head of the school, and John Moulder-Brown, her seemingly weak teenage son.

It is said that this mix of classic and modern horror that undoubtedly was years ahead of its time was Dario Argento's inspiration for his own masterly "Suspiria", and although the two movies are quite different in style, this seems to be undoubtedly true. The creepy atmosphere of the school, the uncanny characters of the women in charge: it's all there already, only that Argento put the whole thing into a more extreme shape.

"La Residencia" is probably a little bit slow moving for today's standards, but no time is wasted: The careful development of the characters make the viewer involved in all characters very soon, so one really cares about them when they reach their grisly demise. The film's atmosphere is terrific, extremely creepy throughout the picture.

And there is also the topic of oppression: Palmer's character is leading the school relentlessly; she knows no mercy for girls that are disobedient. But the oppression also works (in a far more subtle way) towards her teenage son, who has learned to obey his mother a long time ago.

One more word about inspiration: It seems to be, without a doubt, Juan Piquer Simon too was inspired by some elements of "La Residencia" when he made his overtly gory chainsaw-killer-film "Pieces" ("Mil Gritos Tiene la Noche" in spanish), although you can't compare the two films.

This hard to find gem is highly recommended for all true fans of the horror film.


21 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
'WHICH VERSION IS BETTER?' jamie_curran123
Censored: Luis' rescue from heating vent and friendship with Teresa? cn-tonfilm
Re-Make KatharynRKing
DVD steffan-3
La Residencia soundtrack being released late November niallahearne
Not an Argento rip - off! adriangr
Discuss The House That Screamed (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?