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The House That Screamed (1969)

La residencia (original title)
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A strict headmistress runs a secluded school for wayward girls in 19th century France, whose students are disappearing under mysterious circumstances.


Narciso Ibáñez Serrador (screenplay) (as Luis Peñafiel on Spanish prints), Juan Tébar (story) (as Juan Tebar)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilli Palmer ... Sra. Fourneau
Cristina Galbó ... Teresa
John Moulder-Brown ... Luis (as John Moulder Brown)
Maribel Martín ... Isabelle
Mary Maude Mary Maude ... Irene
Cándida Losada ... Srta. Desprez
Pauline Challoner Pauline Challoner ... Catalina (as Pauline Challenor)
Tomás Blanco ... Pedro Baldié
Víctor Israel ... Brechard (as Victor Israel)
Teresa Hurtado Teresa Hurtado ... Andrea
María José Valero María José Valero ... Elena
Conchita Paredes Conchita Paredes ... Susana
Ana María Pol Ana María Pol ... Claudia
Mari Carmen Duque Mari Carmen Duque ... Julia (as María del Carmen Duque)
Paloma Pagés Paloma Pagés ... Cecilia


In the Nineteenth Century, in France, the teenager Teresa Garan is the daughter of a single mother, who is a cabaret singer. She is brought to the boarding school owned by the headmistress Ms. Fourneau by a friend of her mother that pays one year tuition for her. Soon Teresa learns that the boarding school is also a prison for the girls since Ms. Fourneau keeps everything locked. Her protégé, the wicked student Irene Tupan, keeps watch over the other girls and uses her power to bully and torture them. Ms. Fourneau has a teenager son, Luis, who is a peeping Tom, and his mother secludes him from the girls. Ms. Fourneau tells that he needs to meet a girlfriend "like his mother" and that the students of the boarding school are worthless. Meanwhile the runaway students are vanishing and their school mates believe they are fleeing from the boarding school. What they do not know is that a serial-killer is killing them. When Irene discovers that Teresa is secretly meeting Luis, she tortures ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The director, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, is the son of popular Argentine horror-film actor Narciso Ibáñez Menta. See more »


Sra. Fourneau: This school specializes in students whose character is, um, shall we say, um, difficult, and there are a few among them who, in spite of their youth, have not exactly led exemplary lives. In order to bring them back to the right path, I must run this establishment with a firm hand.
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Simply The Best in Older Horror!
14 October 1999 | by CarrigonSee all my reviews

I first saw this film many years ago on late night. So it was the chopped up cut version. However, even back then it left an impression on me. I remember that the mystery of who the killer was, was so good, that I didn't even know until close to the end of the film. The movie has alot of adult themes and was so ahead of its time, it's amazing. The basic plot is that the school is really a sort of reform school set in the late 19th century.

So the girls of that time are considered bad girls. The heroine ends up there, I believe, for running away from home. Soon after she arrives, girls start to disappear and she finds a certain amount of lesbianism going on at the school, too. And she meets the son of the headmistress. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but this movie is really a must see for Argento fans. Try for the uncut version. You'll remember this movie for a long time to come.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 July 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Evil See more »

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Anabel Films S.A. See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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