Lycanthropus Film Details
Overview: At a girls’ school, several students are murdered by a snarling, wolf-man-like creature. Suspicion falls upon a newly arrived teacher.
Tagline: A new high in horror!
Review: “Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory” is a pretty enjoyable if slightly flawed entry. **SPOILERS** Arriving at an all-girls boarding school, Dr. Julian Olcott, (Carl Schell) learns that his scandalous past will be forgotten and he is expected to perform like any other teacher on campus. Trying not to interfere with the usual antics of the students on campus, a rash of murders from the students manages to find Sir Alfred Whiteman, (Maurice Marsac) as the prime suspect due to his lecherous ways with the students. When student Priscilla, (Barbara Lass) brings forth evidence of this, it throws more heat towards him, but as the deaths continue, they eventually realize that the killer is a werewolf and could be anyone on the staff, forcing them into a race to stop the killings before more are harmed. The Good News: There was a couple of rather good points to this one. The fact that there’s a rather good sense of sleaze generated from the school’s dealings is pretty nice. It’s quite unusual to be able to see this kind of thing put so prominently in a film from the time-period, as the back-stabbing, cheating, adultery and infidelity are all put on display here, and the fact that so much time is devoted to this is where it gets really nice and dirty, since the film is never made out for certain that what’s going on is happening to underage women or not. They look close enough for it to be an issue, the intent of the school would fit in well but the gray area with that manages to be even sleazier. There’s also some really nice Gothic atmosphere from the film on display as well, from the darkened woods to the really creepy scenes within the dormitory of the creature stalking the others while they’re sleeping, and it leaves a rather nice, creepy feeling during these scenes. This is also on display during the rather fun chase through the woods to open the film, as the action is fast and furious, but the creepy surroundings in the woods makes this one even more of a better scene because it’s a thrilling encounter within a creepy location, and that always works. The final confrontation in the laboratory that spills out into the town and through to the bar is a good one as well, making for a satisfying ending that pulls a nice twist out of it as well and makes it a positive ending. The last plus here is the rather nice way it manages to hide the identity of the killer, since there’s a couple red herrings strewn about and each one has plenty of evidence, rather than calling one a red herring with a lot of evidence toward it, then naming a few others with circumstantial evidence only, while this one spreads that out amongst most of the red herrings, proving for a healthier mystery and a lot of fun during those scenes trying to figure it out. These here are what work for the film. The Bad News: This one did have a few problems to it to hold it down. One of the biggest ones is that, because it focuses on the sleaze factor, not a whole lot of action is in here. The film takes a while to get to it’s good parts that some of the middle section here comes off as downright dull. The endless scenes of everyone running around talking to each other about what’s happened to the others or what should be done, and it’s a pretty dull move for the most part. These just make the film so dull and really lifeless during these parts. Another flaw to this is that the werewolf, which is another somewhat problematic effort, by keeping the creature off-screen for most of the time, which is a good thing as it’s so fake-looking. Keeping the title creature off is a bad thought, but having one that looks this bad is somewhat of a good thing, since beyond a couple of craggily features to give shadows on the face and some fangs, otherwise it’s hard to believe that, unless we were told otherwise, this one could be anything else and it wouldn’t have mattered as this is one of the few werewolves that looks nothing like what the term implies. These here what really hold the film down. The Final Verdict: This wasn’t that bad and actually had some good stuff for it when it had got around to showcasing them. Give this one a shot if you’re into the cheesy style or are a fan of European werewolf fare, otherwise this one should be treated with extreme caution. Today’s Rating-PG: Violence and mild violence against animals
Country: Italy, Austria
Duration: 83 min
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Also known as: Un hombre lobo en el dormitorio de mujeres,Lycanthropus,El terror de los lobos,Werewolf in a Girls’ Dormitory,Ghoul in a Girl’s Dormitory,The Ghoul in School,Bei Vollmond Mord,Monster Among the Girls,Licantropus,O Lobisomem no Quarto das Garotas,Terror no Colégio,I Married a Werewolf,A Face do Monstro,Le monstre aux filles