The House That Screamed (1970)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
The setting is a French boarding school where Teresa (Cristina Galbo) arrives and soon realizes that there's just something that isn't right. The head mistress (Lilli Palmer) is an abusive woman who forces her will onto the girls of the school but she seems to be unable to control her young son (John Moulder-Brown). Before long some of the girls start vanishing.
Narciso Ibá?ez Serrador's THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED is a rather interesting Spanish horror film that became a hit back when it was originally released. The film did well throughout the world including its release in America but then it pretty much fell off the map. For years it was hard to find and it really became known for its story apparently inspiring Dario Argento and SUSPIRIA. The film certainly isn't a great one but if you're a fan of the genre then it's certainly worth watching.
For my money the best thing about the film was the atmosphere. I thought the director did a really good job at building up an atmosphere that worked a certain magic throughout the running time. I thought it managed to make you feel as if you were in the middle of this location and it certainly benefited the film. Another plus are the performances by the three leads. All of them are quite good in their roles and I especially liked Galbo and Palmer.
For me, the biggest issue with the film was the actual screenplay. Some have called this an early giallo but I really wouldn't considering the film that. The problem I had with the screenplay is that it never really builds up the mystery aspect. I mean, all the girls start to disappear yet there are only a handful of possible suspects and the film doesn't even try to play it up. It's as if the director just wanted a visual style and the before mentioned atmosphere.
Another problem is that there's really not too much that happens. There's not much of a story here and the film is extremely slow-moving at times. With that said, there are enough interesting moments to make the film worth watching.
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The House That Screamed (1970)
La residencia is a movie starring Lilli Palmer, Cristina Galbó, and John Moulder-Brown. A strict headmistress runs a secluded school for wayward girls in 19th century France, whose students are disappearing under mysterious...
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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 ...
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Nice Atmosphere and PerformancesReviewed byMichael_ElliottVote: 7/10
The House That Screamed (1970)
Ever since I beheld a masterpiece called "Quién Puede Matar A Un Ni?o" ("Who Can Kill a Child?"), I've been on a constant lookout for THIS Spanish gem that also spawned from the clearly gifted mind of writer/director Narciso Ibá?ez-Serrador. Thanks to the help of a good friend, I'm now the proud owner of this film on DVD and I can finally do my share of recommending this genuinely frightening film to other fans. "The House that Screamed" differs a lot from the aforementioned film, but it's a genre highlight all the same. "Who Can Kill A Child", which got released during the mid-70's, depended a lot on brutal shocks and one truly disturbing theme whereas "The House that Screamed" (dated 1969) teaches us a lesson in pure tension and atmosphere. There's very little on screen bloodshed here, but the film features ? without exaggerating ? a constantly high level of suspense. Literally every sequence bathes in an atmosphere of sheer eeriness and it feels like ominous events lurk behind every corner of every set piece used in the film. As far as I'm concerned, only brilliant directors such as Mario Bava, Dario Argento and Alfred Hitchcock can achieve such a depiction of subtle emotional terror, and now Ibá?ez-Serrador is one of the elite. The story is set around the year 1900, in a Southern French boarding school for girls only. These girls supposedly all have discipline problems and the utterly strict headmistress Mme. Fourneau keeps them on a short leash. She has her hands quite full, as her students continuously plan escapes and she also has to prevent her own teenage son from having contact with the wayward girls. When more and more girls disappear without leaving a single trace, the girls righteously begin to fear that the boarding school also homes a vicious killer. The plot is occasionally slow and predictable, yet you easily forgive all this just because our director puts so much effort & dedication into building up the tension and the drawing of his characters. The climax, albeit implausible, is pretty sensational horror stuff! The acting performances are FAR above average, with Lilly Palmer in the most memorable role of her career, and the decors are very convincing. This isn't a movie for the nowadays horror audiences (too little action, I presume), but its themes and plot-twists were very ahead of time back in 1969. If you truly love horror and if you can find a decent copy, I strongly suggest purchasing "The House that Screamed".
Note: This comment is dedicated to fellow IMDb-user G.B, for helping me to obtain this fine movie!
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")