I love when a movie title just catches your eye. You know when you have no idea what the film is, what its about, never heard a thing, but when you read a title you grab it. That’s how things worked back when Video Stores were still a thing. A title, a picture on a cover, that’s all you needed. It caught your eye and you picked it up for the night. Sadly that doesn’t happen much anymore, but every once and a great while you will see the title of an upcoming film and say “Wow, I gotta see that” without even reading a word of the description. Well that happened to me on Severin’s newest release Werewolf in a Girls Dormitory.
Werewolf in a Girls Dormitory takes place at a girls dormitory, hence the title. Dr Olcott, then new biology teacher has just arrived when the film beings to begin his new job. He’s got a bit of a past however as he was arrested for the murder of a former patient of his. See he used to be a prolific psychiatrist until this happened. He was found not guilty but after the scandal had a hard time finding a job in his chosen field. So he has come here to teach at the all-girls school. And when I say all girls I mean teachers as well. Yes, with the exception of the groundskeeper Olcott is the only man in sight, and the girls all take a shine to him.
These girls have lots of issues. Almost too many to get into. Teachers having affairs, caddy girls cheating on one another’s boyfriends, blackmail, the usual stuff that goes on at a girls school. Anyway one night when one of the ladies is coming back from visiting her lover she gets ripped to shreds by a werewolf. The police find her body in the morning and along with Dr Olcott, who happens to be on sight determine it was most likely caused by one of the many wolves that roam the county side at night. Now one of the girls, Pricilla believes her friend was murdered and go of in search of finding the culprit, but she also gets attacked by the same creature but is saved by German Shepard. This makes the locals convinced it is the work of a werewolf and they vow to hunt it down
The film is good campy fun, but in an unintentional way. Its not played for laughs like you would expect, in fact its presented as a very slow moving horror film. That’s not a bad thing, as it draws back many fond memories for me as being the type of film I would watch late night on Creature Feature as a child. It is simply put a good old fashioned monster movie that now thanks to Severin you can enjoy on Blu-ray.
The film is black and white, but the transfer looks amazing. Incredibly crisp and clear the film looks state of the art, at least in terms of black and white. It looks as though it was just made yesterday its so fresh. The audio is fantastic, crisp and clear like the video transfer. This film looks and sounds great, and as its Severin they have once again given us a nice amount of special features on this one.
Bad Moon Rising: Interview with Screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
BONUS: CD Soundtrack
I really had a great time with this one. Part creature feature, part sex mystery this was a great film with a great title. I really like how Severin is finding these lost classics and bringing them to the forefront for our enjoyment. If you love classic horror this is a must own for you. Pick yours up today.
Overall 3out of 5 Stars!