Wednesday, March 30, 2011

WIP Wednesday: Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory (Paolo Heusch, 1961)

Following last week's entry, yet another genre-mashing entry. Again, we have a werewolf, but this time it is in a reform school for troubled teens. Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory (aka Ghoul in a Girl's Dormitory) is an Austro-Italian import starring Polish beauty Barbara Lass.

As a WIP film, this just covers the basic elements as it relates to the Reform School sub-genre. The school in question is for troubled girls, some of which were likely prostitutes, but at least two were up for attempted murder. Barbara Lass' "Priscilla" is the good girl, but the other roles are ill defined. The age of the "inmates" is hard to determine. The actresses are certainly in their twenties, but at least one is described as just getting her first period (in a round-about way). The werewolf angle is somewhat of the worst type. It is a tad more Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde than a true werewolf story, which might account for the "Ghoul" alternate title. More than anything, the film is a giallo. A shadowy killer bumping off your, attractive women while creepy music plays. There is a rather Scooby-Doo-like investigation of the murders, which eventually leads to the least likely candidate.

In all, it is a fun movie, though the dubbing is rather poor and the dialogue a bit sad at times. It is shot well, and an interesting movie to just stare at.

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7 comments:

The Vicar of VHS said...

This was available on a bunch of the old Mill Creek sets as well, and probably still is, if you want something a little "safer." I thought it was okay, though IIRC they did the one thing I can't stand in a werewolf move--they made the werewolf articulate! (Or am I confusing this with the terrible ending of WEREWOLF OF LONDON?) Still, there were some cute 60s chicks in it as I remember, and one scene (I think) in which they strongly imply that the werewolf might have been drawn by scent to one of his victims because she was having her monthlies! I don't think I made that up... :P

The Vicar of VHS said...

D'oh! commenting before having my coffee means I missed the sentence in your review where you referenced the line I mentioned above. :P Apologies for my inattention, but glad to know I didn't just make it up. ;)

Darius Whiteplume said...

I remember one girl pretending to faint and an instructor saying "she has just come of age" but not sure that attracted the werewolf/ghoul. Not sure if the werewolf spoke, but he was just barely a werewolf. I think they just had a werewolf costume. :-)

Jay Amabile said...

I really dug Chloe...for obvious reasons! lol

Darius Whiteplume said...

I concur ;-)

T. Roger Thomas said...

The Italians sure can crank out the gore porn

Darius Whiteplume said...

Check out "The Crimson Executioner" aka "The Bloody Pit of Horror" sometime. Loads of bright red tempera paint and weird torture devices :-D

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