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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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Cast

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 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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Genres:

Horror | Mystery

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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 »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Production Co:

Royal Film See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Dracula (The Dirty Old Man) (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ghoul in School
Written by Marilyn Stewart, Frank Owens
Sung by Adam Keefe (uncredited)
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Enjoyably bad B-movie.
6 April 2005 | by Teknofobe70See all my reviews

Mystery ... intrigue ... actresses sounding like they're having an orgasm while being attacked by a monster ... this was what good film-making was all about in the fifties and sixties. Lycanthropus has all of this and more.

After murders begin to occur at a reformatory school, the students and indeed some of the teachers begin to suspect (rather randomly) that a werewolf is responsible. It quickly becomes a mystery to discover who the werewolf is, with several red herrings thrown in before the real killer is revealed to the audience.

This movie is notable as being probably the first Italian werewolf movie ever made. It was released as "Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory" in the US with the usual crappy dubbing, which is always good. The over-acting on screen coupled with the vocal over-acting will mean plenty of entertainment for fans of those awful old B-movies. However, aside from a couple of key scenes, it's not quite bad enough to be good. The guy who plays the creepy janitor reminded me a lot of Peter Lorre, so his performance was quite enjoyable, but basically there's not enough content here to fill the entire ninety minutes. There are large segments which are just plain dull.

It's pretty much an average B-movie, good for collectors and genre fans.


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