Werewolf in a Girls Dormitory (Italian: ) is a 1961 Italian horror film directed by Paolo Heusch.
The new science teacher Dr. Julian Olcott with a mysterious past arrives in an institutional boarding school for troublemaker girls. Along the night, the intern Mary Smith, who is blackmailing another teacher - Sir Alfred Whiteman - with some love letters, is slaughtered by a werewolf. The detective in charge of the investigation attributes the crime to a wolf, while her mate Priscilla believes she was killed by Sir Alfred. On the next days, other deaths happen in the school, reducing the list of suspects.
Wolves have been seen roaming around a girls reformatory, and when the girls begin to get murdered, suspicion focuses on both the wolves and on a newly hired science teacher who might be a werewolf.
Werewolves in a Girls Dormitory was shot in 1961 around Cinecitta Studios and Rome. In the film, director Paolo Heusch is credited under the name Richard Benson. Heusch explained that it was mandatory to give yourself an English name in Italian productions of the time because "thats the way the producers wanted it."
The German actor Curt Lowens plays the werewolf in the film.
Barbara Lass as Priscilla
Carl Schell as Julian Olcott
Curt Lowens as Director Swift
Maureen OConnor as Leonore MacDonald
Maurice Marsac as Sir Alfred Whiteman
Luciano Pigozzi as Walter the Caretaker
Joseph Mercier as Tommy the Porter
Mary McNeeran as Mary Smith
Annie Steinert as Sheena Whiteman
Grace Neame as Sandy
Werewolf in a Girls Dormitory was released in Italy on November 9, 1961 where it was distributed by Cineriz. The film grossed a total of 115 million Italian lira on its theatrical run. The film was shown in the United States on June 6, 1963 where it was distributed by MGM.
The American version of the film adds the rock song "The Ghoul in School" to the opening credits written by Marilyn Stewart and Frank Owens. The song had vocals by Adam Keefe and was released on a 45 RPM record distributed by Cub Records.
It was released on DVD in the United States by Retromedia and Alpha Video.
Werewolf Woman (1976). The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973). Face of the Screaming Werewolf (1964). Moon of the Wolf (1972). Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (2012).
The Globe and Mail stated that the film was "disfigured by bad dubbing and a silly attempt to establish the locale as the United states, it might have been a very respectable specimen of the horror school"
Danny Shipka, author of Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France, 1960-1980 stated the film "wont convert any fans to the genre" due a slow pace and poor dubbing in the English-language dub.