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Writers:
Narciso Ibáñez Serrador (screenplay)
Juan Tébar (story)
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Release Date:
1969 (Spain) See more »
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Tagline:
One By One They Will Die! See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins See more »
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Exceptional, unique and ahead of its time See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Lilli Palmer ... Sra. Fourneau
Cristina Galbó ... Teresa

John Moulder-Brown ... 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
Sofía Casares ... Margarita
Blanca Sendino ... Cocinera
Clovis Dave ... Enrique
Frank Braña (as Francisco Braña)
Gloria Blanco ... Regina
Juana Azorín ... Lucía
Elisa Méndez ... María
María Elena Arpón ... Alumna

Maria Gustafsson ... Ingrid (as María Gustaffson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luisa Sala ... (uncredited)
Loreta Tovar ... Alumna (uncredited)
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Directed by
Narciso Ibáñez Serrador 
 
Writing credits
Narciso Ibáñez Serrador (screenplay) (as Luis Peñafiel)

Juan Tébar (story) (as Juan Tebar)

Original Music by
Waldo de los Ríos 
 
Cinematography by
Manuel Berenguer (director of photography)
Godofredo Pacheco (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Mercedes Alonso 
Reginald Mills (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Ramiro Gómez 
 
Art Direction by
Ramiro Gómez 
 
Set Decoration by
Ramiro Gómez 
 
Costume Design by
Víctor María Cortezo  (as Víctor Cortezo)
 
Makeup Department
José Echevarría .... assistant makeup artist
Carmen Martín .... makeup artist
Carmen Rodríguez .... assistant hair stylist (as Carmina Rodríguez)
Julián Ruiz .... key hair stylist
Carmen Sánchez .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Manuel Pérez .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mahnahén Velasco .... assistant director
Jaime Villate .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Rafael Ablanque .... second assistant set decorator (as Rafael Ablánquez)
Juan Gracia .... property master
Rafael Pérez Murcia .... assistant set decorator
 
Sound Department
Luis Castro .... foley artist
Enrique Molinero .... sound engineer
Mike Tucker .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Beaton .... special effects
Don Deacon .... special effects
Wilfred Thompson .... special effects (as Wilf Thompson)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Juan Antonio Aguilar .... focus puller
Salvador Gil .... camera operator
Antonio Luengo .... still photographer
Luis Peña .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carmen de la Casa .... wardrobe
Manolita Iglesias .... assistant wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Marisa Hernández .... assistant editor (as María Luisa Hernández)
María Dolores Laguna .... assistant editor
Selwyn Petterson .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Waldo de los Ríos .... conductor
 
Other crew
Alberto Berco .... production coordinator (as Alberto Berconsky)
Marisol Carnicero .... production secretary
Mari Ángeles Herranz .... dubbing supervisor (as Mª Ángeles Herranz)
José María Maldonado .... production assistant (as José Mª Maldonado)
Margarita Pardo .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La residencia" - Spain (original title)
"House of Evil" - USA (alternative title)
"The Boarding School" - International (English title)
"The Finishing School" - USA
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Runtime:
99 min | Australia:105 min (VHS)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.20 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The Director is son of the popular Argentine horror-films actor Narciso Ibáñez Menta.See more »
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Referenced in Horror Business (2005) (V)See more »

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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Exceptional, unique and ahead of its time, 5 August 2001
Author: rundbauchdodo from Zürich, Switzerland

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.

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