THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (1969) Reviews & Preview

‘Only the killer knows Why and How? ‘Or’ What and WHO is the following!’

The house that cried is a 1969 Spanish horror film in which a mysterious murderer kills young women at a French boarding school. Also known as boarding school.

Directed by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador (Who can kill a child?) of a screenplay he wrote under the pseudonym “Luis Penafiel” based on a story by Juan Tébar.

The film stars Lili Palmer, Cristina Galbó, John Moulder-Brown, Maribel Martín, Mary Maude and Cándida Losada.

Parcel [contains spoilers]:

At a 19th-century French boarding school for “troubled” girls, headmistress Madame Fourneau (Lili Palmer) forbids her teenage son Luis (John Moulder-Brown) from near any of the girls, finding no between them well enough for him. A series of murders begins after the arrival of a new student, Thérèse (Cristina Galbó) and Fourneau’s assistant, Irène (Mary Maude).

Fourneau investigates these deaths, eventually leading her to the attic where she discovers that Luis’ frustrated desires have forced psychotic urges to the surface, causing him to hunt down the unfortunate girls to acquire body parts to create his own “woman.” ideal”. Luis then locks up his mother with his new creation so that his mother can get to know his future “daughter-in-law”…

Comments:

“The film’s ending, which easily transforms the film from thriller territory into full-fledged horror, is a little silly compared to the powerful and oppressive atmosphere the film has exuberated so far, but it’s still deliciously wicked. […] A great film and highly recommended by yours truly…” At the Mansion of Madness

The house that cried is a seminal work that has inspired surprisingly little critical analysis, or even fanish coverage, at least in the United States. Yet his prescient vanity (an invisible slasher at a girls’ boarding school) sketches both Suspiria (also set in an all-girls boarding school) and a decade of slasher-in-a-sorority movies.“Communist Vampires”

“…perfectly captures girls’ oppressive sexual needs with artistically erotic intercuts.” John Stanley, Characteristics of creatures

“Serrador’s point of view on the subject [girls’ schools] benefits from its expert handling of suspense and a hothouse atmosphere of teenage desire that could be cut with the proverbial knife. It’s an atmosphere that, despite Serrador’s international aspirations, had obvious meaning for Spanish audiences under Franco. Madame Fourneau is a repressive despot who runs the school with military precision…” Jonathan Rigby, European Gothic

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“The expert photography makes great use of the baroque sets, often spinning the girls across the screen, each expression perfectly conveying where they are in the academic food chain.” Digital Mondo

“…the massacres are perfectly conveyed and the film’s accessible characters and Samson’s performances make for a cinematic treat.” It’s nice to see a movie where every shot has been painstakingly planned to perfection and the net result is a visual masterpiece that excels from start to finish. A slash above…

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Cast and characters:

Lilli Palmer … Madame Fourneau
Cristina Galbo … Teresa
John Moulder-Brown … Luis
Maribel Martin … Isabelle
Mary Maude … Irene Tupan
Cándida Losada … Desprez
Pauline Challenor … Catalina
Tomás Blanco … Pedro Baldie
Victor Israel … Brechard
Teresa Hurtado … Andrea
María José Valero … Elena
Conchita Paredes … Susana
Ana María Pol … Claudia
Husband of Carmen Duque … Julia
Paloma Pages … Cecile

Filming locations :

Comillas, Cantabria, Spain

Original title:

The residence

Technical details:

1 hour 39 minutes
eastmancolor
Audio: Mono

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