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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: AV454
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • UPC: 760137120124
  • Street Date: 03/07/23
  • PreBook Date: 01/31/23
  • Label: Arrow Video »
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run Time: 105 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1969
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot:
  • Territory: US
  • Language: Spanish


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       Cristina Galbó
  •       Lilli Palmer
  •       John Moulder-Brown
  •        Maribel Martín
  •       Cándida Losada
  •       Tomás Blanco
  •       Víctor Israel
  •       Teresa Hurtado
  • Director: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador


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The House That Screamed

One By One They Will Die!

The House That Screamed
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Spain's first major horror film production, The House that Screamed is a stylish gothic tale of tortured passions and bloody murder that bridges the bloody gap between Psycho and Suspiria. Thérèse (Cristina Galbó) is the latest arrival at the boarding school for wayward girls run under the stern, authoritarian eye of Mme Fourneau (Lilli Palmer). As the newcomer becomes accustomed to the strict routines, the whip-hand hierarchies among the girls and their furtive extra-curricular methods of release from within the forbidding walls of institutional life, she learns that several of her fellow students have recently vanished mysteriously. Meanwhile, tensions grow within this isolated hothouse environment as Mme Fourneau's callow but curious 15-year-old son Louis (John Moulder-Brown) ignores his mother's strict orders not to get close to the "tainted" ladies under her ward. Directed by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador (Who Can Kill a Child?), this landmark title in Spanish genre cinema has been restored to its director's original full-length vision for the first time.


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Bonus Materials

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-rayTM presentations of the 105-minute uncut version titled The Finishing School (La Residencia), and the 94-minute US theatrical version titled The House That Screamed, via seamless branching
  • Original lossless English mono audio on both versions, and lossless Spanish audio on the uncut version
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing on both versions, and optional English subtitles for the Spanish audio
  • Brand new audio commentary by critic Anna Bogutskaya
  • This Boy’s Innocence, a previously unreleased interview with actor John Moulder-Brown
  • Archive interview with Mary Maude, from the 2012 edition of the Festival of Fantastic Films
  • All About My “Mama”, a brand new interview with Juan Tébar, author of the original story
  • The Legacy of Terror, a brand new interview with the director's son, Alejandro Ibáñez
  • Screaming the House Down, a brand new interview with Spanish horror expert Dr Antonio Lázaro-Reboll, discussing the history of the film and its director
  • Alternative footage from the original Spanish theatrical version
  • Original trailers, TV and radio spots
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Shelagh Rowan-Legg and double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch

Sales Points

  • For fans of Psycho, Suspiria, and Tombs of the Blind Dead
  • American drive-in and late-night TV staple as never seen before
  • Uncut version of Spain's first original horror production

Press Quotes

Quite intense for its time, this film represented a new boldness in style among European thrillers... stylishly eerie

     —Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

A real find, an underrated, virtually forgotten thriller... a class production all the way

     —Stuart Galbraith IV, DVD Talk

This exceptional horror hails from the same director as Who Can Kill a Child? (1975) - and the results here are no less amazing

     —Gary Tooze, DVD Beaver

Cited as a major influence on Argento's Suspiria [featuring] one of the most startling pre-slasher killings of Euro cinema. A classic all around and one of the essential titles for a full appreciation of European horror

     —Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital

[The House that Screamed] is masterful filmmaking on nearly every level.

     —GREG WALTON, Movieline Online


     —JEFFREY KAUFFMAN, Blu-ray.com

a dramatic thriller that continually raises its stakes.

     —TIM SALMONS, The Digital Bits

From its opening moments, The House That Screamed establishes a forbidding tone. The narrative does a great job building tension once the girls start to disappear, and it has a sensational ending that perfectly brings everything together.

     —MICHAEL DEN BOER, 10k Bullets

Intended by its producers to put Spain squarely on the map of commercial horror cinema, The House That Screamed is a seminal slice of Spanish gothic.

     —BUDD WILKINS, Slant Magazine


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