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  • Actors: Lilli Palmer, Cristina Galbó, John Moulder-Brown, Maribel Martín, Mary Maude
  • Directors: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
  • Writers: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, Juan Tébar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N2HDP0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,656 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Maneater of Hydra / The House That Screamed (Elvira's Movie Macabre Double Feature)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Maneater of Hydra; A group of tourists spends a weekend on a lush island occupied by a demented botanist. Little do they know that carnivorous plants are the welcoming committee! The House That Screamed;Students keep disappearing from a French boarding school for troubled girls. Are they running away or are they being kidnapped?

Customer Reviews

From the plot, acting, set direction, photography and music everything is top notch.
C. Chow
There's plenty of room, certainly: the Baron's big island has been uninhabited since legends of a vampire-type creature sent the island's other residents packing.
Jason Roberts
If nothing else can be taken away from Serrador's film, its twisted and depraved ending will leave a lasting impression on the audience.
Carl Manes

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Chris D. on November 25, 2007
Format: DVD
Very disappointing, not in choice of movies but in the presentation. Both of these films are very entertaining. But the transfer of MANEATER OF HYDRA is appallingly bad. Not only is it pan-and-scan (which is bad enough and something I half expected), but it looks as if it was mastered from a VHS that had tracking problems (notice all the visual static on bottom of the frame throughout -- I actually have a DVD-R dubbed from a VHS that looks better than this!). The film is no masterpiece, but it is much better than one would expect, and it has a great cast headed by Cameron Mitchell, a great location in an old island villa and a great monster. It was also directed by Mel Welles (primarily an actor, known best for his role of Gravis Mushnick in the original LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, which coincidentally also featured a carnivorous plant that likes blood). Luckily THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (aka LA RESIDENCIA), an atmospheric Spanish film set in the 19th century, is taken from a wide-screen master and has excellent production values (this master is probably from a DVD of the European transfer as it is came out recently overseas -- and all these Elvira DVD releases are apparently titles that are now public domain in the USA). Anyway, be forewarned about MANEATER OF HYDRA. I've seen better transfers of public domain titles from Alpha Video and some of the other public domain DVD labels - which is scary, since Shout Factory (who released this)is a reputable company who have high quality standards. I think their quality-control guy must have been asleep at the wheel when this got through.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mick Kelly on October 27, 2010
Format: DVD
Enter if ye dare. 1969's "The House That Screamed" (a.k.a."La Residencia") is the precursor to 1974's "Black Christmas" and 1978's "Halloween" but alas, so few even know of it. Writer/director Narciso Serrador paved the road that these 70's killer-on-the-loose films drove on, but received litle fanfare for his efforts (which is a shame) "The House That Screamed" goes bumpety bump in zee night with atmosphere deluxe to burn.

Let's begin, shall we? 19th century European gurls gone mild, buttoned to the teeth a la Audra Barkley, whilst minding their manners and ballet lessons. The boarding school fronts as an elite academy, but in reality, it's just an exalted dumping ground for girls who are troubled or troublesome.

Lilli (Pictures of...) Palmer is head mistress Mme. Fourneau, a woman with a secret sealed with a kiss; She has a teenage son, Luis, with mummy issues - nay subscriptions - who is literally a kid locked in a candy store. Luis isn't a Peeping Tom per se...he much prefers "Unauthorized Biographer." In his heart of hearts, Luis' theme song is "I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl that Married Dear Old Dad." The problem is he's working on a puzzle with too many missing pieces.

Mary Maude plays the character Irene: a regal, aloof lezzie gang leader brandishing a big whip with a bigger smile. Irene is right rambunctious, not to mention bent, and rocks the school uniform until the break of dawn. However, Irene hosts the worst tea and sympathy parties, so it's best to just play dead.

Oppressive sexuality, grand architecture, and a midnight rambler to boot...Who could ask for anything more in a horror film? This is one boarding school with a student body count.

When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
Nah, meet me in "The House That Screamed."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Todd L. on October 3, 2007
Format: DVD
Nothing is as fun as watching Elvira watching these bad horror movies. Growing up in the Los Angeles area Elvira and her Movie Macabre was a weekend staple in the eighties on KHJ Channel 9.
These movies are both campy and fun. Perfect for Elvira to take a whack at. The MST3K kids, as fun as they are, should thank Cassandra Peterson everyday for making this genre hip and fun again. Maneater of Hydra is a knock off of The Day of the Triffids with a monster instead of a bunch of trees eating the cast. The House that Screamed is a pretty good little movie in the spooky drive-in movie category. It was loosely remade in the eighties as Pieces. It has been unavailable in the US years except in bad VHS copies from Europe.
All-in-all the entire package is just silly fun and thanks to Elvira and her sometimes priceless one liners, well worth the price. We love you Cassie, Happy Halloween!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Sipos VINE VOICE on May 21, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED is a seminal work that's inspired surprisingly little critical analysis, or even fanish coverage, at least in the US. Yet its prescient conceit (an unseen slasher in an all-girl's boarding school) adumbrates both SUSPIRIA (likewise set in an all-girl's boarding school) and a decade of slasher-in-a-sorority films. Its influence is evident in PIECES (Italian 1983) and MAY (2002). And one may appreciate THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED as political metaphor.

Yet in his Psychotronic Encyclopedia, Michael Weldon dismisses THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED as "a sick made-in-Spain movie."

At least Tohill & Tombs recognize the film's historic importance. In Immoral Tales: European Sex and Horror Movies 1956-1984, they write: "the [Spanish] horror 'boom' really began with the success of THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (LA RESIDENCIA) in 1969." But remarkably, they say no more about it, only alluding to it later when discussing Serrador's ISLAND OF DEATH: "Like Serrador's earlier THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED, the pacing of [ISLAND OF DEATHD] is excellent. ... Again, as in his earlier film, Serrador's story deals with the effects of repression and the notion that the worlds of adults and children are separated by an unbridgeable gulf."

You'd think a book about European sex & horror cinema would say more about the film it credits with popularizing horror in Spain. No matter. I'll say more: The film opens with the arrival of "eighteen and a half years-old" Theresa (Cristina Galbo) at an all-girl's boarding school, in 19th century France (not Spain). She appears privileged, the school an elite academy (as in SUSPIRIA). But the school is really an exalted dumping ground for girls who are troubled, troublesome, or just trouble. Insolent, thievish, wanton, or simply unwanted.
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