Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory (1961) – Paolo Heusch

It’s time for another hairy werewolf movie as I continue to delve into DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book. This time around, the entry, Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory, is a bit of a letdown, considering it’s rife with exploitation potential.

An Italian film that was dubbed for its North American release the story is set in an all girls school, all of whom seem to have some minor issues with the law, and are definitely more twenty-something than teen-something.

A new science teacher arrives, Julian Alcott (Carl Schell) who also seems to have some bad history with the law, but that’s nothing when it’s learned that one of the older teachers has been sleeping with the students, and one of them, in the midst of blackmailing him, ends up dead… attacked by wolves. According the authorities anyway.

The film follows one determined student, Priscilla (Barbara Lass) who seems to be suspicious of everyone, may be harboring a crush for Julian, and is determined to find out what happened to her friend.

Despite the title the werewolf doesn’t really set foot in the dormitory, but instead prowls the grounds, seeking a target, and unaware of the destruction it is causing.

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In fact, its human alter ego seems to have no clue as to what is happening, and there are plenty of suspects for suspicion to fall on.

The appearance of the werewolf is a bit sad. The makeup work is haphazard at best, and despite being a dangerous animal, the beast seems to be quite content going around in a suit, with only his hair hands, and befanged face hinting that its owner is suffering from lycanthropy.

Honestly, this one is a bit silly, it never delves into the true possibilities of the ideas suggested by the story threads. This could have been a truly lurid, and bloody tale, but instead the script is satisfied with only hinting at the possibility of all the things that are going on at the school.

In fact, for the most part, the tale is rather bland. There are no jump scares, no real emotional reveals, no dark secret to the werewolf, it’s all very basic, and was obviously just meant to get bums in seats for the matinee.

Oh well, like I said before, they can’t all be winners, but it does seem that in terms of werewolf movies, filmmakers were more willing to take the easy way out.  More so than in vampire films. At least that’s what I’ve discovered so far.

Still, there are more to come, and I can’t wait to see what film is next in DK Books’ Monsters in the Movies! Find something macabre to watch tonight!

lyc1

 

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