The Finishing School (The House That Screamed) (The Boarding School) (La Residencia) (1971)

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This stylishly eerie Spanish production stars elegant Lili Palmer as the severe headmistress of a French boarding school for young women, where the rigid constraints of 19th-century social conditioning have turned the place into a hothouse of barely contained sexual urges (leading to lots of gauzy shots of the girls slinking about in their nightgowns). Into this heady mix is introduced Palmer's deranged son (John Moulder Brown), whose frustrated desires have forced his latent psychotic urges to the surface, compelling him to stalk the hapless boarders in the hope of acquiring body parts for a horrific human jigsaw puzzle. Quite intense for its time, this film represented a new boldness in style among European thrillers which would reach its peak during the 1970s. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Art House & International , Cult Movies , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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In Theaters:
 wide
Runtime:
Studio:
American International Pictures (AIP)

Cast

Lilli Palmer
as Senora Fourneau
Cándida Losada
as Senorita Desprez
Paloma Pagés
as Margarita
Mary Maude
as Irene
Víctor Israel
as Brechard
Pauline Challoner
as Catherine
Ana Maria Pol
as Claudia
Tomas Bianco
as Pedro Baldie
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Critic Reviews for The Finishing School (The House That Screamed) (The Boarding School) (La Residencia)

All Critics (1)

Splendid study of gothic repression and women on the verge

Full Review… | October 1, 2011
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for The Finishing School (The House That Screamed) (The Boarding School) (La Residencia)

I had to catch this one on YouTube, but it was worth it for the truly enjoyable little potboiler of Gothic suspense. Worth a look if you get the chance.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant
½

Not a lot really happens, and it seems to drag on for too long. The shock ending is nice, but otherwise the film becomes a bore. There are interesting parts and decent enough characters. Nothing really stood out though.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad
½

why are so many of these set in girls' boarding schools? oh never mind

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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