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Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory (1961)

Lycanthropus (original title)
Approved | | Horror, Mystery | 5 June 1963 (USA)
At a girls' school, several students are murdered by a snarling, wolf-man-like creature. Suspicion falls upon a newly arrived teacher.

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(as Richard Benson)

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(US prints: as Julian Berry)
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Priscilla
Carl Schell ...
Dr. Julian Olcott
Curt Lowens ...
Director Swift
Maurice Marsac ...
Sir Alfred Whiteman
Michela Roc ...
Sandy (as Maureen O'Connor)
Mary McNeeran ...
Mary Smith
Grace Neame ...
Leonor MacDonald
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Walter Jeoffrey (as Alan Collins)
Annie Steinert ...
Mrs. Sheena Whiteman
Joseph Mercier ...
Tommy the Porter
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Anne-Marie Avis ...
School Girl
Lucy Derleth ...
School Girl
Herbert Diamonds ...
Police Inspector
John Karlsen ...
Old Man
Martha Marker ...
School Girl
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The new science teacher Dr. Julian Olcott with a mysterious past arrives in an institutional boarding school for troublemaker girls. Along the night, the intern Mary Smith, who is blackmailing another teacher - Sir Alfred Whiteman - with some love letters, is slaughtered by a werewolf. The detective in charge of the investigation attributes the crime to a wolf, while her mate Priscilla believes she was killed by Sir Alfred. On the next days, other deaths happen in the school, reducing the list of suspects. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One of the female leads, Barbara Lass, was the first wife of Roman Polanski. See more »

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As the school teachers are examining Mary Wilson's dead body, her eyes move. See more »

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The Ghoul in School
Written by Marilyn Stewart, Frank Owens
Sung by Adam Keefe (uncredited)
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Worth seeing for anyone that ever wondered what would happen if a werewolf got into a girl's dormitory
25 September 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory was scripted by Ernesto Gastaldi, and anyone who knows that name won't be surprised to find out that despite being a werewolf film, this is also a clear precursor to the entire Giallo sub-genre. The film features themes that would go on to become the staple of the Giallo; including a setting full of attractive young girls, and an unknown killer who is picking them off. It has to be said that this film was ahead of it's time, and as the title suggests, the killer in this film is a werewolf, and it would seem that the main inspiration for the scriptwriter was the Universal classic 'The Wolf Man', although themes from more wayward titles such as 'Psycho' definitely shine through. The plot focuses on a dormitory for tearaway girls. When one of them is murdered, apparently by a werewolf, suspicion falls on the new science teacher at the school. Naturally, the crime is attributed to some wolf-like creature, and when the murders continue; the detective on the case ends up getting a surprise!

The film is shot in black and white, and looks very cheap throughout. This is certainly a reflection on the budget restraints, although they don't harm it too much as the mystery plot is often enough to pull it through. The scriptwriter would certainly improve as his career went on; with his collaborations with ace director Sergio Martino representing his best work. As you might expect, there isn't a great deal of violence and murder in the film; a reflection on the time the film was made, although this doesn't hurt the film too much as a plot like this doesn't always need blood and guts to succeed. The cast doesn't shine too much, and it's not hard to see why many of them didn't go on to receive cult status, although Carl Schell does stand out; mostly because he looks a bit like Peter Lorre. The conclusion to the story doesn't contain much in the way of surprise, as it's always obvious what the murderer is; although the way that the ending plays out is good in that it inspires some thinking. Overall, while this isn't a particularly good film; it deserves extra plaudits for its influence and frankly bizarre plot, and is definitely worth seeing for Italian horror aficionados!


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