College Girl Murders (1968)
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Awful!! So many creepy guys are working at this girls college. The Bible mentioned in the synopsis is really only used a couple times to commit murder. Felons are enlisted to carry out the plans of some faceless mastermind and they use some futuristic looking spray gun to poison the girls and those who get in the way more often than they use the book. There is an eerie murderous red hooded figure with a bull whip whose motivations are unclear. There is a "street-wise" cop working with his superior, a bumbling goof who thinks of himself as a criminal psychologist. How long will it take them to track down the mastermind? With all the nonsensical plot twists does it matter? In a way this kind of schlocky zigzag-y flick seems like the inspiration for movies like Wild Things.
The College Girl Murders Starring: Jaochim Fuchsburger, Uschi Glass, Tilly Lauenstein, and Gunter Meisner Director: Alfred Vorherer The students and staff are dropping like flies at an all-girl's college: They are being gassed with an unusual poison and having their necks snapped by a mysterious, whip-wielding figure in a red cloak and hood. Will brilliant sleuth Inspector Higgins (Fuchsburger) find the connection between the killings and find the murderers before so many of the characters are killed there won't be a mystery left? "The College Girl Murders" is a mess of a movie that fails at whatever it is it's trying to be. As a comedy spoofing mystery movies, it fails because it isn't very funny. It also fails as a mystery movie, it collapses under its own ludicrous, far-fetched storyline (which involves a mysterious mastermind who commands a network of minions from his secret, fishtank-lined lair, a character dressed in a red KKK robe-like outfit who murders people by snapping their necks with a bullwhip, and a scientist who invents a deadly new gas that is used on unspecting college girls via trick bibles and goofy-looking sprayguns. On the upside, the movie does spare us the go-go dance scene that most 1960s era movies of this type feature. It also features some nice sets--the villain's lair is interesting, and the access point to the ultimately pointless plot-wise secret passageways within the girl's dormatory is also nifty. The camera-work and lighting are well done--with a night scene where one of the characters is being chased both by the whip-weiding monk and a gas-pistol weilding thug managing to bring some real tension to the film--and the actors also perform their parts adequately, both the Germans on the screen and the Americans doing the dubbing. The film is also fairly fast paced, and it kept my attention throughout... even if part of the reason I kept watching was to see if the film could get any dumber. (It didn't dissapoint; toward the end, a couple of twists are offered that are stupendously idiotic.) I can't really recommend this movie to anyone. It's technically well made with average acting all around, but the story is too silly, and un-funny, to make it worthwhile.
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