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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.

Director:

Paolo Heusch (as Richard Benson)

Writer:

Ernesto Gastaldi (US prints: as Julian Berry)
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Credited cast:
Barbara Lass ... Priscilla
Carl Schell Carl Schell ... Dr. Julian Olcott
Curt Lowens ... Director Swift
Maurice Marsac ... Sir Alfred Whiteman
Michela Roc ... Sandy (as Maureen O'Connor)
Mary McNeeran Mary McNeeran ... Mary Smith
Grace Neame Grace Neame ... Leonor MacDonald
Luciano Pigozzi ... Walter Jeoffrey (as Alan Collins)
Annie Steinert Annie Steinert ... Mrs. Sheena Whiteman
Joseph Mercier Joseph Mercier ... Tommy - the Porter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anne-Marie Avis Anne-Marie Avis ... School Girl
Lucy Derleth Lucy Derleth ... School Girl
Herbert Diamonds Herbert Diamonds ... Police Inspector
John Karlsen ... Old Man
Martha Marker Martha Marker ... School Girl
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Storyline

The new science teacher Dr. Julian Olcott, with a mysterious past, arrives in an institutional boarding school for female troublemakers. That night intern Mary Smith, who is blackmailing another teacher - Sir Alfred Whiteman - with some love letters, is slaughtered. The detective in charge of the investigation attributes the crime to a animal, while her mate Priscilla believes she was killed by Sir Alfred. Over the next few days, other deaths happen at the school, reducing the list of suspects. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

Italy | Austria

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

5 June 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghoul in a Girl's Dormitory See more »

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Royal Film See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Released in a double feature with Corridors of Blood (1958). 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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Featured in Gore and More! (2005) 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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Girls will be Girls
14 March 2004 | by sol1218See all my reviews

******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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