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Not a bad way to waste 80 minutes
lazarillo20 May 2005
This is, as you might expect, a movie about a werewolf in a girl's dormitory (although technically the werewolf mostly hangs around in a forest outside the girl's dormitory). The "girls" actually look to be about twenty-five on average and resemble European fashion models of the era much more than the "delinquents" they're supposed to be. And this was made in 1962 so you're not going to get any nighties or plaid mini-skirts, let alone any nude shower scenes. Still this is an entertaining little movie that serves to show the potential "beast" that lurks within the heart of all respectable men when they get around nubile young women. The first murder especially, while tame by today's standards, was no doubt quite a taboo-breaker at the time. The werewolf attacks his victim "missionary style" and the screams and cries that she makes as he ravages her off-screen could easily be taken for something else entirely. The other murders and attacks are less lurid, but generally pretty effective.

The movie also provides a plethora of great suspects and red herrings including a new professor who left his old job after a mysterious scandal, a benefactor of the school who is paying various girls for sexual favors (and finds himself being blackmailed), the creepy and very bestial-looking groundskeeper, and the very refined headmaster who nevertheless bears a striking resemblance to the werewolf. The movie really keeps you guessing to the end.

It's in black-and-white, of course, and it's dubbed (although the European cast does seem to be speaking English most of the time). Not a great movie perhaps, but not a bad way to waste 80 minutes either.
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An Underrated B&W Horror Gem
Kaya Ozkaracalar13 June 2001
Everything is almost perfect in this underrated horror movie, except the stupid theme song, which was probably added for American distribution only. The scenes in the woods are atmospheric and thrilling due to competent cinematography. The main plot (who is the werewolf stalking a girls reformatory?)might be simple, but it is supplemented with an intriguing subplot of prostitution and blackmail centered around the reformatory. No surprise that the script is by Ernesto Gastaldi who wrote some of the masterpieces of Italian horror cinema in 1960s.
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Italian/Austrian Horror in a Girl's Dormitory!
csdietrich26 March 2001
Warning: Spoilers
***SPOILERS*** WEREWOLF IN A GIRL'S DORMITORY (aka LYCANTHROPUS, 1961) is a standout in the Italian Gothic horror lineup. This film is part mystery, part giallo, part Gothic horror. Girls in an academy for reforming girls who have gone bad are being killed off sending shockwaves through the school. Enter one goodlooking doctor with a past (Carl Schell, handsome blond brother of Maximilian) who investigates the mysterious deaths and nearly pays with his own life (and his girlfriend-to-be, Barbara Lass (who happened to be the first Mrs. Roman Polanski!) Naturally the head of the academy, Mr. Swift (Curt Lowens) is in fact a werewolf and is responsible for the multiple murders. He is dispatched in the end with a few gunshots courtesy of Dr. Olcott (Schell). The werewolf makeup is quite effective & frightful and the musical score is memorable. "The Ghoul in School" signature song is one comedic touch that is a tad out of place, but this isn't a film to take seriously. It's a black and white Sixties chiller and lots of fun for a rainy night. WEREWOLF is not that bad but moves a bit slowly for today's audiences. Good with a few glasses of merlot and good smoke! Luciano Pigozzi, the Peter Lorre of Italy, is fun as the academy caretaker who's a little nuts.
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Girls will be Girls
sol121814 March 2004
******SPOILERS****** Italian film about a werewolf on the loose in and around a young women reformatory thats much better then it's comical US title "Werewolf in a girls dormitory" suggest.

Dr. Julian Olcott, Carl Schell, is given a job at the reformatory as a science teacher after six years of not being able to find any work as a doctor. After he was tried and acquitted of the death of a young woman that he was treating. Dr. Olcott soon becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a girl at the school after his first day on the job when Mary, Mary McNeeran, is found savagely murdered outside the grounds of the school.

Her gruesome death indicates that Mary was attacked by wolves that have been seen roaming around the woods nearby. With traps set up to catch the killer, or killers, he always avoids them and it becomes obvious that he's not any animal but some kind of insane lunatic who like to tear people apart like a wild beast.

With everything being done to kill or capture the person or beast being totally ineffective the staff and inmates of the reformatory as well as the people of the surrounding town are in a state of panic. Thinking that the murderer is living among them and suspecting anyone who's new in the area like Dr.Olcott.

There are some deep secrets about the girl who was murdered and who murdered her by the owners of the reformatory Mr & Mrs. Whiteman Maurice Marsac & Anni Steinert and the caretaker Walter Geoffrey, Luciano Pigozzi. Walter who was suspected of the murder of Mary jumped to his death when he was caught trying to suffocate her friend Sandy, Grace Neame. It was Sandy who had a number of incriminating letters between Mary and Alfred Whiteman.

Mr. Whiteman killed himself when he was confronted with those letters by Dr. Olcott and Priscilla, Barbara Lass, another girl in the reformatory and also a very good fiend of Mary. And his wife Shenna Whiteman was then herself murdered by the killer for knowing too much about who was involved in Mary's murder by giving her an overdose of drugs.

"Werewolf in a girl's dormitory" keep it's audience guessing until the last fifteen minutes or so to who the killer or killers are. The movie has very good atmospherics as well as action in the scenes of the attacking werewolf who was much faster and more frighting that you would expect unlike in many other other werewolf movies. Where he's both slow and lumbering with all that makeup on.

Luciano Pigozzi steals the movie with his Peter Lorre look-alike portrayal of the creepy caretaker and everyone else's acting in the movie is above average as the staff and inmates of the girls reformatory. Don't let it's title fool you, the movie is much better then it sounds.
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Good flick!
Movie Nuttball25 June 2004
Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory is one of those old drive in type movies which is actually a pretty good film. They acting is good by the cast but it seems like all of them were dubbed. This is a very unusual movie and the werewolf is different looking which he actually resembles the Werewolf of London of the Universal Monsters. Its amazing how some of the characters looked in the film. One actor had a bleach blonde hair style, another actor looked and acted like Walt Disney, the lead actress resembled Kim Cattrall, and the care taker looked like a ghoul without trying to be! Its just something I noticed. This film isn't bad at all. This is part of a double feature which the other on the tape is called Blood Creature which is also a good oldie! For horror and werewolf fans don't miss this one!
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Euro-Horror item from early 60's a real curiosity piece
mlraymond29 October 2006
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Censorship cuts and English dubbing prior to its American release make this movie a bit more odd than it would have been to begin with,but it manages to be a reasonably effective fright flick. One thing that stands out SPOILERS AHEAD: is the gruesomeness and explicit detail shown of the werewolf's young female victims, far more graphic than an American or British film from this period. Some of the renaming and dubbing makes the story seem dislocated, i.e., English writing has been put in on a letter of introduction, stating that the new professor at the girls' reformatory came from Boston, and the reform school is somewhere in Massachusetts. There is a character named Sir somebody, who would be unlikely to be found in the U.S. with a title, and one insert shows blackmail money clearly consisting of English pounds. The overall feel of the picture is European, rather than American, and that's actually part of its interest. One wonders why they didn't leave it intact except for the dubbing part. The German origins of the movie are obvious when a little research proves that the character renamed Priscilla in the Americanized version was originally called Brunnhilde. There's an actor who in both face and manner recalls Peter Lorre, playing the lecherous school handyman. In fact, he seems to be basically doing a Lorre impersonation. The other interesting bit is a very familiar voice dubbed for one of the German actors, the police detective investigating the killings at the school. Close attention will reveal to fans of Euro-horror the gravelly, cynical voice of American actor/director Mel Welles, who can also be heard dubbing the grave robber Lynch in Welles' own Lady Frankenstein. The picture has some fairly suspenseful scenes involving the monster stalking his victims, and the mystery is kept effectively hidden until near the end, but its main interest is as a novelty for horror fans. It's not the worst picture ever made, and worth a peek by horror fans at least once.
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Needed Some Editing
Hitchcoc4 January 2007
There is something bleak and disjointed about this film. First of all, I appreciate the fact that it has an interesting story and a few obstacles thrown in the viewers path. The movie is as much psychological as it is horrific. I don't like slasher movies and am bored with them, especially the ones out of the era where this movie appeared. It turned out to be kind of an atmospheric werewolf movie. It's deliberately misleading at times. Characters are there for no other reason than to confuse us. But it plays by the rules. The main female figure is quite pretty. The rest of the girls seem rather the same and there's a stuffy restraint all around. Nevertheless, there are some attacks, pretty good special effects, and an interesting conclusion.
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A Second Thought
johnrtracy13 April 2008
It has been over 40 yrs. since i first saw this film. There were a few things i had remembered about the film, however, most i had forgotten. This is a black and white film made in 1961. I was about 16 when i first saw it and thought it was pretty neat. That is because i thought that Barbara Lass was cute so naturally, i liked the film. Now, over 40 yrs. later i have it on DVD. Barbara Lass is still cute, but the film lost a lot since i first saw it. The story is easy to follow and figure out. The werewolf doesn't have much hair but passes as OK. The actor, Curt Lowens, did a descent job. The suspense is alright and overall you should find this film mildly enjoyable. Get you're sweetie and you're popcorn ready. Enjoy. John R. Tracy.
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A Surprisingly Good Werewolf Movie
Claudio Carvalho2 June 2006
The new science teacher Dr. Julian Olcott (Carl Schell) with a mysterious past arrives in an institutional boarding school for troublemaker girls. Along the night, the intern Mary Smith (Mary McNeeran), who is blackmailing another teacher - Sir Alfred Whiteman (Maurice Marsac) - 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 (Barbara Lass) believes she was killed by Sir Alfred. On the next days, other deaths happen in the school, reducing the list of suspects.

"Lycanthropus" is a surprisingly good werewolf movie in spite of the appealing Brazilian title ("The Werewolf in the Girl's Dormitory"). The screenplay constructs the plot with many false leads, and the viewer may suspect of the most different characters, since all of them may be the monster. The acting and the direction are also good and therefore I recommend this flick for fans of the genre. I regret only the low quality of the DVD released by the Brazilian distributor Fantasy, with some minor problems, skipping parts of some scenes. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Lobisomem no Dormitório das Garotas" ("The Werewolf in the Girl's Dormitory")
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