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May 11, 2012
In this bizarro fetishistic suspense thriller, a group of some of very unattractive college women are being murdered by being poisoned as a bumbling constable and detective try to solve the case before it's too late. College Girl Murders tries to play itself off as a giallo without meaning to, but it never quite succeeds at it. It's not a very good film. It's filled with some head-scratching dialogue, much older women trying to play younger women and it's set deeply in the decade and era it was shot in: the swinging 60's in London. It's also about twice as long as it really needs to be. I kept waiting and waiting for some kind of resolution to get underway, but it takes a very long time for it to get there, and it turns out to be not all that interesting anyways. It makes sense I guess, but it's certainly nothing provocative. Thankfully the title song is catchy because you'll be hearing it over and over again. You'll be thankful during the slow areas, which there are a lot of. It's not a good movie and I can't recommend it, but check it out if you're in the mood for garbage.
Super Reviewer
½ November 18, 2010
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.
November 8, 2010
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.
April 8, 2010
Krimi at its creamiest! Features a really good funky/jazzy crime score, and G√ľnter Meisner four years before he portrayed Mr. Slugworth in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory!
April 17, 2009
At some point in the 1960s, German B-movie makers got really into filming Edgar Wallace "krimi" stories and pretending they were in England. This is one of the cuter ones, and in color too (many are in black & white). If you like '60s cinema and light mysteries, these are for you!
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