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The House That Screamed (1970)

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

Writers:

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador (screenplay) (as Luis Peñafiel on Spanish prints), Juan Tébar (story) (as Juan Tebar)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 July 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Evil See more »

Filming Locations:

Comillas, Cantabria, Spain

Company Credits

Production Co:

Anabel Films S.A. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The Director is son of the popular Argentine horror-films actor Narciso Ibáñez Menta. See more »

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The Ideal Woman
7 August 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Nineteenth Century, in France, the teenager Teresa Garan (Cristina Galbó) 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 (Lilli Palmer) 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 (Mary Maude), keeps watch over the other girls and uses her power to bully and torture them. Ms. Fourneau has a teenager son, Luis (John Moulder Brown), 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 Teresa that decides to flee from the school in the middle of the night. What will happen to her?

'La residencia", a.k.a. "The House that Screamed", is a stylish Spanish horror film. The cinematography, lighting and art direction are impressive and gives a scary atmosphere. The screenplay keeps the attention of the viewer until the very last scene when the surprising identity and motives of the serial-killer are disclosed. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Internato Derradeiro" ("Ultimate Boarding School")


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