Well, you can’t have one werewolf movie without having about a dozen more following after it. I’m not saying sequels necessarily, just that there are a lot of movies whose titles happen to start with the word “Werewolf”. Anyways, today’s movie is one that I actually remember seeing years ago during some channel’s Halloween marathon. I actually laughed when I saw that it was in the Chilling Classics box set and it was one of the first movies I actually watched when I bought it because I wanted to see if it was as bad as I remembered. So let me share the experience with all of you as I watch today’s movie, Werewolf In A Girl’s Dormitory.
The plot: When a new teacher, Dr. Julian Olcott, arrives at an all girls school, his arrival proves to be a bit of a distraction for the the students. As he heads to the Director’s office, one of the students, Mary, faints so she can be carried off to the infirmary, as some of the other girls discuss the fact that she faked it so she could get close to the new teacher. Julian meets with Director Swift, who goes over his duties as teacher and reminds him not to speak to the girls outside of the classroom. That night, a wolf’s howling wakes up Francine and Sandy and as they go to look out the window, they see Mary sneaking out of the infirmary. As they watch, Leonor MacDonald, Swift’s assistant, sees Mary but doesn’t stop her as she makes her way to another building and the two girls wonder why she wasn’t stopped. Mary makes her way outside the gates and encounters Walter Jeoffrey, who tries to stop her but she tells him to leave her alone or else she will spill the beans on everything he is involved in. Mary eventually meets up with Sir Alfred Whiteman, another teacher at the school whom she was having an affair with, and he tries to plead with her but she insists that he give her the money she was promised or else she will expose the affair and ruin him, saying she will hold onto the love letters as proof. As Mary heads back to school, she hears something in the bushes and attempts to run but is soon grabbed and killed by a werewolf and dumped into the nearby stream. Whiteman returns to his home, where he tries talking to his wife Sheena and when she gets upset at his actions, he tells her that he is not seeing the girl but she is blackmailing him. The next morning, Mary’s body is discovered and taken to the school, where Julian examines it. He thinks that Mary could have met with a man before her death but the police inspector feels that she just wandered outside and was attacked by wolves. When Whiteman is brought in and asked if he knows the body, he says he does but only in passing and the inspector asks if he will answer some questions as a formality for his report. Meanwhile, Priscilla was given some letters that were written for Mary and sneaks back to her dorm to read them, then tries to find Mary’s other letters but she is caught by Julian and chastised for missing class. Priscilla goes to see Swift, who is finishing up with the inspector, and talks to him about the letter Mary had received and Swift realizes that he will have to call the inspector back. As he leaves the office, Priscilla notices a letter on his desk about Julian being acquitted of a crime for lack of evidence. When the inspector returns, Mary takes them to the dorm to show them the letters only to find them missing and both the inspector and Swift think she was making the letters up. The next day, Priscilla and Sandy are discussing Julian during class and after class, Priscilla asks Julian about Mary’s body and the wounds on it. When he says he can’t say for certain about the wounds, she then asks why he came to their school, and he said he didn’t choose it, but was destined to come there. Later, Priscilla and Sandy find the letters and Priscilla says that nobody can see them, then goes to see Walter, thinking he knows about them. Walter says he knows about them and that she would need to meet him that night to learn the truth. Priscilla sneaks out of the dorm and goes to Walter’s cabin, and he takes her to where Mary met with Whiteman, unaware that they are being followed. When Priscilla arrives at the cabin, she finds Sheena waiting for her there, who tosses her some money and calls her a tart like all the others, thinking she was there to blackmail Whiteman. When Priscilla tells her she was merely there to find out who wrote the letters and thought that Whiteman was the killer, Sheena says that is impossible but tells her that Whiteman did meet with Mary but he left her alive. However, she did see someone that she feels was the killer, but won’t reveal who it was. Priscilla sees someone at the window and Sheena thinks it is probably the caretaker and tells Priscilla to keep Mary’s letter’s hidden in order to spare her memory from being tarnished. When Priscilla suggests that she could have killed Mary with her dogs, as the wounds could have been mistaken for wolves, Sheena gets offended and says she never should have confided in her. After she leaves, Priscilla quickly follows and runs into Julian, who says he was out there laying traps for the wolves. He escorts Priscilla back to school grounds but tells her he will have to write a report about her being out. Meanwhile, Sheena makes it back to her house but someone knocks her out, then injects her with a drug, killing her. Back outside, Priscilla is startled by a wolf howling in distress and Julian says that he has to leave to take care of it, as it could get free. Priscilla says that she is ok, as they are close to the school, but as she gets to the gate, she is attacked by a werwolf. Before it can kill her, Walter’s dog attacks it and bites it’s right hand while Priscilla faints at the gate. The next day, a funeral is held for Sheena, during which Walter catches Whiteman’s eye, but the exchange is noticed by Swift. At the local tavern, Whiteman meets up with Walter and asks if he found the letters but when Walter says he hasn’t, Whiteman says they must find them, as he can’t rest until they are destroyed. When one of the villagers notices Walter can’t move his hand, they accuse him of being the one to attack Priscilla. Whiteman quickly leaves while Walter tries to hold the growing mob at bay with a switchblade but just before they attack him, Swift shows up and stops them, revealing that Walter’s hand has been like that since birth and he has no scarring from a bite on it. As they leave, he asks Walter why he was meeting with Whiteman and when Walter says it was nothing, he tells him to go back to the school, as the villagers might still try to harm him. In the school’s infirmary, Priscilla is startled by the appearance of Julian in the room. They talk briefly, with Julian telling her she has to have faith in him, when Sandy bursts into the room. Sandy apologizes for interrupting them but when she touches Julian’s arm, he reacts in pain, and Priscilla starts at that. Sandy goes to see Swift and tells him she feels that Julian is the killer, saying that Mary was killed on the day of his arrival. Swift decides to question Julian and Julian talks about what killed his career and says that he had been studying lycanthropy, as he had a woman who was accused of murder but had no recollection of it. He realized that she was a werewolf and did his best to try and cure her but she overdosed on one of his trial medicines, and he was accused of murdering her but was acquitted. He admits that his arm is hurt but he didn’t attack Priscilla and Swift says he is having a hard time believing him. That night, Walter sneaks into the girl’s dorm and and tries to get the key from Sandy, holding a pillow over her mouth until she is rendered unconscious. As he goes to grab the letters, another girl spots him and screams out, alerting all of the others, and Walter runs from the room. The girls alert the dorm mother, who tells Swift and Julian as they had heard the screams, and they see Walter trying to escape through the upper levels. Julian tells him to stop or he will shoot but the panicked Walter continues to try and escape, only to fall to his death. As Julian checks on Walter, Swift notices the letters and grabs them, then tells everyone to go back to their bed. When Julian heads back to his room, Priscilla asks him what happened, he tells her that Walter killed himself after trying to kill Sandy. Priscilla thinks that Walter was the monster but Julian says that it is impossible, as Walter had a dog and dogs can’t stand the scent of werewolves. The next day, Swift calls Whiteman into his office to explain the letters and Whiteman says that he did have the affair but didn’t kill Mary, then wishes Sheena was still alive as she saw the killer. Whiteman then says that if he goes down, Swift will go down as well and Swift says he isn’t planning on sanctioning him, as the affair doesn’t need to come up again. That night, Julian and Priscilla go to see Whiteman, thinking he might be the werewolf but when they asks him to go with them to the police, he commits suicide instead. Meanwhile, Swift is shown to be the werewolf, with Leonor working with him to find a cure. Leonor admits that she killed Sheena because she must have seen him kill Mary but as she goes to try and get another sample of wolf’s blood to use for the cure, the wolf escapes it’s cage and mauls her to death, and Swift ends up killing the wolf. The next day, as a funeral is held for Walter, his dog, who Priscilla is holding, begins barking at Swift before getting loose from Priscilla and running off. As Priscilla tries to chase after him, Julian approaches Swift and tells him they need to talk in private when he gets a chance. That night, Priscilla encounters Walter’s dog, who leads her into the bushes, where it digs up Walter’s body. Priscilla screams out and encounters Swift, telling him what she saw. Swift says they must call the police but as they head into his house, Priscilla wonders who was buried in Walter’s grave but when she turns to Swift, she finds him transforming into a werewolf. As Swift goes to kill Priscilla, Julian shows up and Swift struggles with him but Julian finally manages to shoot him. As Swift stumbles into his home and changes back to human, he tells them that Leonor was buried in Walter’s grave and dies, then Julian and Priscilla leave, saying that the nightmare is finally over.
This is definitely one of those movies that is funny to watch because it is bad. Well, let me rephrase that some; the English dubbing is bad but the original Italian might have been better. The acting was ok but the dubbing really didn’t fit well with the movie, as it made the dialogue seem overly forced instead of natural. The story actually was a decent little horror/mystery, as they did try to do a good job trying to cast suspicions on several people as to who the werewolf is. The special effects were laughably bad, as the make up for the werewolf looked terrible and some of the camera work was just poorly done. It’s a terrible movie but can be fun to watch because of how bad it is.
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5