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The College Girl Murders (1967)

Der Mönch mit der Peitsche (original title)
Police try to track down a hooded serial killer who murders his victims with a combination of acid and poison gas.


Alfred Vohrer


Herbert Reinecker (screenplay) (as Alex Berg), Edgar Wallace (novel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joachim Fuchsberger ... Inspektor Higgins
Uschi Glas ... Ann Portland
Grit Boettcher ... Betty Falks
Konrad Georg Konrad Georg ... Keyston
Harry Riebauer Harry Riebauer ... Mark Denver
Tilly Lauenstein Tilly Lauenstein ... Harriet Foster
Ilse Pagé Ilse Pagé ... Sekretärin
Siegfried Rauch ... Frank Keeney
Claus Holm ... Glenn Powers
Günter Meisner ... Greaves
Hans Epskamp Hans Epskamp ... Bannister
Heinz Spitzner Heinz Spitzner ... Harrison
Jan Hendriks Jan Hendriks ... Brent
Rudolf Schündler ... Sergeant Hanfield
Narziß Sokatscheff Narziß Sokatscheff ... Cress Bartling (as Narziss Sokatscheff)


Police try to track down a hooded serial killer who murders his victims with a combination of acid and poison gas.

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West Germany



Release Date:

11 August 1967 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The College Girl Murders See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rialto Film See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the movie is set in England, most of the cars have their steering wheel on the left. See more »


Sir John: What reason could there possibly be for the murder of this poor girl?
Harriet Foster: No reason in the world.
Sir John: You're missing the point, Mrs. Foster. Now then, the girl WAS murdered, wasn't she? And since nobody has ever murdered without a reason, there must, therefore, *be* a reason.
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Funky 60s Killer
4 September 2005 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

There's a lot going on in The College Girl Murders. A mad scientist creates an almost undetectable poisonous gas. Before he can reap the rewards of his discovery, the scientist is killed by a hooded, whip-welding monk. After a co-ed is killed in a church by the gas, Scotland Yard is called in to investigate, but the killing continues. Who can stop this mad killer who seems to be able to come and go as he pleases in and out of the college?

What Works:

  • The Killer. What's not to like about a killer who sneaks around wearing a vivid red KKK looking outfit, complete with red gloves. The white whip he carries and uses very effectively stands out nicely against the bright red gown. Although the idea of a killer in a flaming red, pointy-head outfit sneaking around a girl's school is fairly far-fetched, it's one of the more sinister looking costumes I've seen.

  • Groovy 60s Music. I really would like to track down the title music to The College Girl Murders. It's got a jazzy, hip, 60s feel to it that I just loved.

  • Bizarre Touches. Beyond the killer's red gown and hood, the movie features a sliding fireplace, a pit of alligators with a cage handing overhead, poison spraying bibles, a strategically placed mannequin, mini-skirts, go-go boots, and mile high hair. I would describe it as a cross between the 60s Batman TV show and an Italian giallo. The College Girl Murders is a real treat for the eye.

  • The End. Let's just say that there are more twists than a mountain road. Just when you think the killer has been uncovered, here comes a twist..and another.and anotherand another.

What Doesn't Work:

  • Chief Inspector Sir John. I know the guy was meant to be comic relief, but his buffoonish character has way too much screen time.

  • Why Have Alligators? Previously, I mentioned the alligators in the pit. And while they are a nice touch, they serve very little purpose. Why go through all the trouble and not use them?

  • Plodding Plot. Some of The College Girl Murders has no flow or rhythm to it. There are far too many moments throughout the movie when things come inexplicably to a screeching halt. Better pacing would have made this a much more enjoyable movie.

I haven't seen many of these German krimis but of the few I have seen (Phantom of Soho, Strangler of Blackmoor Castle, Dead Eyes of London) this may be my favorite. This one has a real funky feel to it that I really go into. Had the plot flowed a little better, I could have easily given The College Girl Murders a 7/10.

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