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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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Awards:
3 wins See more »
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Atmospheric, slow-burning film 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)

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:
Contains the first ever close-up slow-motion murder in Spanish cinema history.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Horror Europa with Mark Gatiss (2012) (TV)See more »

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Atmospheric, slow-burning film, 27 August 2012
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

Spanish director Narciso Ibanez Serrador was never happy with the marketing for the release of his first horror film, particularly in the United States, where it was released by AIP. It is understandable when the trailer is not very representative of the tone of the film. The trailer is more salacious, and hints at more kinetic horror than is actually delivered. However, this does not mean that the film fails. Far from it. In fact, the trailer does a disservice to this rather atmospheric, slow-burning story with horror elements, set in a French boarding school for naughty girls. Teresa (Cristina Galbo) is newly introduced to the school, and the tensions of hierarchy are established immediately, and this brooding sense illustrates itself in moments of sexual frustration, sadism and humiliation.

The school of corrective discipline is overseen by headmistress, Sra. Fourneau (Lili Palmer), whose son, Luis (John Moulder-Brown), lives a floor above the girls, but is known for his voyeurism - he often peeps whilst the girls shower (consequently, the girls shower in bathrobes). Fourneau is over-protective of Luis, and refers to the girls who come through the school as no good for him, too unsettled and dirty. You could indeed call Luis a Bates-in-waiting. As Teresa discovers, through gossip and hearsay, girls have been "escaping" because they need to see boys - their sexual urges too great to ignore. But as a love-struck girl, Isabelle (Maribel Martin), takes the advice of Luis to leave with him, she is murdered on her way to meet him, in a slow-motion, abstracted and balletic scene in the forests.

Whilst the finale's "twist" will be spotted instantly, this does not effect the impact of it, with its macabre, and chillingly sycophantic nature. It certainly plods often, particularly in the first half, but it instills a climbing sense of peculiarity. With the dynamic of the hierarchical systems in the school, suspects are everywhere, and it is the relationships, often signified with repressed sexuality, a deeply sadistic nature, the girls are often humiliated, and Fourneau seems to relish (much like her son) these voyeuristic-sadistic explorations, as non-conformist girls get beaten. The setting of a Gothic period piece lends itself to the ponderous repression, and makes the girls less accessible; the time of full coverage, their frocks thicker than a winter quilt.

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