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
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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