Residencia, La (1969, SPA) C-98m. SCOPE *** D: Ibanez Narciso Serrador. Starring Lilli Palmer, Cristina Galbó, John Moulder-Brown, Mary Maude, Frank Brana. Low-key but chilling mystery set at a school for wayward girls somewhere in France. Palmer is excellent as the cold-hearted principal, who turns a blind eye to the mysterious disappearances of some of her students. Is her isolated 17-year-old son involved? The title edifice makes for a wonderful set in this atmospheric puzzler. Too bad this was director Serrador's first of only two theatrical films (the other one being the equally fascinating QUIEN PUEDE MATAR A UN NINO?). Fine score by Waldo de los Ríos. May have influenced Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA (1977). English titles: THE BOARDING SCHOOL, THE FINISHING SCHOOL, and THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED.

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