“If they want to escape, they will — this is a boarding school, not a prison!”
A mysterious killer threatens teenage girls at an authoritarian boarding school run by Lilli Palmer.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Boarding School
- Murder Mystery
- Sexual Repression
- Serial Killers
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “scary gothic horror film” — recognized today as a definitive example of modern European slasher flicks — is skillfully directed by Narcisco Ibanez Serrador, “particularly during [the] terrifying murder scenes”. Unfortunately, it suffers from noticeable dubbing, a plethora of boarding-school stereotypes (harsh headmistress, sexually repressed young teens), and too many protagonists (it’s hard to tell the girls apart at times). One watches primarily for the atmospheric chills, the spooky cinematography, and the impressive set designs. While the identity of the killer doesn’t come as much of a surprise, the final scene nonetheless remains startling.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Lilli Palmer as the grim, authoritarian headmistress
- Many moments of well-directed tension
No, but film fanatics may be curious to check it out.