Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory

1961 [ITALIAN]

Horror / Mystery

2
IMDb Rating 4.7/10 10 1313 1.3K

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776.77 MB
1280*772
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 24 min
Seeds 6
1.41 GB
1792*1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 24 min
Seeds 9

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mlraymond 4 / 10

Euro-Horror item from early 60's a real curiosity piece

Censorship cuts and English dubbing prior to its American release make this movie a bit more odd than it would have been to begin with,but it manages to be a reasonably effective fright flick. One thing that stands out SPOILERS AHEAD: is the gruesomeness and explicit detail shown of the werewolf's young female victims, far more graphic than an American or British film from this period. Some of the renaming and dubbing makes the story seem dislocated, i.e., English writing has been put in on a letter of introduction, stating that the new professor at the girls' reformatory came from Boston, and the reform school is somewhere in Massachusetts. There is a character named Sir somebody, who would be unlikely to be found in the U.S. with a title, and one insert shows blackmail money clearly consisting of English pounds. The overall feel of the picture is European, rather than American, and that's actually part of its interest. One wonders why they didn't leave it intact except for the dubbing part. The German origins of the movie are obvious when a little research proves that the character renamed Priscilla in the Americanized version was originally called Brunnhilde. There's an actor who in both face and manner recalls Peter Lorre, playing the lecherous school handyman. In fact, he seems to be basically doing a Lorre impersonation. The other interesting bit is a very familiar voice dubbed for one of the German actors, the police detective investigating the killings at the school. Close attention will reveal to fans of Euro-horror the gravelly, cynical voice of American actor/director Mel Welles, who can also be heard dubbing the grave robber Lynch in Welles' own Lady Frankenstein. The picture has some fairly suspenseful scenes involving the monster stalking his victims, and the mystery is kept effectively hidden until near the end, but its main interest is as a novelty for horror fans. It's not the worst picture ever made, and worth a peek by horror fans at least once.

Reviewed by GSeditor 8 / 10

An Underrated B&W Horror Gem

Everything is almost perfect in this underrated horror movie, except the stupid theme song, which was probably added for American distribution only. The scenes in the woods are atmospheric and thrilling due to competent cinematography. The main plot (who is the werewolf stalking a girls reformatory?)might be simple, but it is supplemented with an intriguing subplot of prostitution and blackmail centered around the reformatory. No surprise that the script is by Ernesto Gastaldi who wrote some of the masterpieces of Italian horror cinema in 1960s.

Reviewed by sol1218 6 / 10

Girls will be Girls

******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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