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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.


Paolo Heusch (as Richard Benson)


Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay) (as Julian Berry), Ernesto Gastaldi (story) (as Julian Berry)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Lass ... 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 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
Herbert Diamonds Herbert Diamonds ... Police Inspector
Mary Dolbek Mary Dolbek
Lauren Scott Lauren Scott
Elizabeth Patrick Elizabeth Patrick ... Miss Schultz
Patricia Meeker Patricia Meeker ... School Girl


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


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


Referenced in Mr. Rose: The Bad Halfpenny (1967) See more »


The Ghoul in School
Written by Marilyn Stewart, Frank Owens
Sung by Adam Keefe (uncredited)
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Not Nearly As Bad As Some Make it Out to Be
23 October 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory (1961)

** (out of 4)

Italian horror film about a girls dormitory that has its members starting to be found brutally murdered. It seems that some sort of wolf is behind the attacks and they all started when a new teacher arrived on the scene. This film gained a pretty bad reputation thanks in large part to its American title (the original was LYCANTHROPUS) as well as the song "The Ghoul in School" that plays over the main title. There's no question that the film is lacking in several aspects and especially when you compare this to various other Italian horror films but with that said there's also quite a bit to enjoy here. For starters, the film manages to have a couple eerie scenes scattered throughout the running time. One of the best and most memorable scenes happens early on when one of the dead bodies is being looked at and the victim still has the horrified look on her face, which she had moments before she was murdered. I also think the werewolf make-up is pretty good. Those wanting the entire face to be covered with hair will probably be disappointed but I like the actual look of the wolf as well as how they use shadows to give him a creepier look. The death scenes are also quite memorable as there's quite a bit of blood and "cutting of the flesh" especially when you consider the era that this was made. With that said, there are still plenty of problems including the fact that the entire mystery really isn't all that hard to figure out. The biggest problem is that there are so many red herrings and it's pretty obvious who isn't the killer because of how silly some of the "hints" are. The performances are also quite weak in spots but this here might be improved by watching a non-dubbed version. WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS' DORMITORY is far from the horrid film many make it out to be. There's no question that it could have been better but what's here is mildly entertaining in its own way.

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