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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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Contains the first ever close-up slow-motion murder in Spanish cinema history. 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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Spanish classic terror about a boarding school where happens dreadful murders
2 November 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The story deals with a respected house (managed by Lilli Palmer and Candida Losada) of rebel girls (Mary Maude , Maribel Martin , Teresa Hurtado , among others) where arrives a new boarder (Cristina Galbo). There happens several astonishing murders with bloody and gruesome executions . Lilli Palmer has a teen son (John Moulder Brown) who looks for a girl just like his mother . Various suspects (Victor Israel) implicate about anybody girls are running away and dieing one by one. Meantime , the girls are escaping and someone originates a frightening massacre of the remaining wayward girls .

Chicho Ibañez Serrador's first great success is compelling directed with startling visual content . This frightening movie is plenty of thrills , chills , high body-count and glimmer color in lurid images with phenomenal results . This is a classic slasher where the intrigue , tension , suspense appear threatening and lurking in every room , corridors and luxurious interior and exterior . Agreeable performance from Cristina Gabo who played various Giallo and Horror movies such as ¨Sleeping corpses lie¨ , ¨What have you done to Solange¨ and ¨The killer must strike again¨ . This genuinely mysterious story is well photographed by Manuel Berenguer in location of Palace of Sobrellano (Comillas , Cantabria, Spain) with shades of ochre , translucently pale turquoises and deep red . Creepie and eerie musical score by Waldo De Los Rios.

This splendid movie belongs to Giallo genre . These Giallo movies are characterized by overblown use of color with shining red blood , usual zooms , and utilization of images-shock . The motion picture is well directed by Chicho Ibañez Serrador . Chicho directed another classic as ¨Who can kill a child ? ¨ and for TV , ¨Historias para no Dormir¨, being his last film an episode titled ¨Blame¨(2006) . Rating : Good, this is one of the more imaginative slasher pictures in which the camera stalks in sinister style . Well worth watching .

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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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