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Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1974)

Cast: Dyanne Thorne, Sandy Richman, Greg Knoph, more...
Director: Don Edmonds
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Erotica, Sexploitation, Vintage
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
One of the most infamous examples of the 1970s glut of sexy-Nazi movies is this gory, sleazy wallow in nauseating excess from director Don Edmonds. Busty Las Vegas showgirl Dyanne Thorne made her cult reputation in the title role as Ilsa, the sadistically depraved directress of Medical Camp 9. It is a memorable performance and was so popular that Thorne was resurrected in similar roles on three subsequent occasions. Despite its controversial themes, Ilsa, She-Wolf of the S.S. is much less of a death-camp movie than a mixture of women's prison thriller and escape film. No mention is ever made of gas chambers or crematoria and most of the portrayals of Nazi men seem to come straight from Hogan's Heroes (this film was made on the sets of that series). In this light, Edmonds' hybrid of gore, sex, and action is far less offensive than it might have been, and Thorne's over-the-top villainess actually makes it somewhat endearing. Although this film isn't the best in the series, and is not for the faint of heart, it has much to recommend it for genre devotees. The makeup effects by Joe Blasco are quite realistic for the time, Thorne's performance is impressively evil, and Richard Kennedy is a hoot as the jovial, piggish General. Jonah Royston's screenplay certainly doesn't skimp on exploitation elements, but it also has enough clever plot touches to satisfy those looking for a real story in between the carnality and carnage. Cult starlets Sharon Kelly and Uschi Digart also appear. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Commentary by Dyanne Thorne, Director Don Edmonds, and Producer David F. Friedman
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Talent Bios



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Blood, diseases, castration, oh my! by rpmfla May 17, 2005 - 5:51 AM PDT
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1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Like the other reviewer, I'd heard of this film for a long time so I finally checked it out.

I was hoping for something decadent yet titilating, but this was just nauseating. Yes, there is plenty of nudity, but who wants to see naked bodies being sadistically tortured? I guess there are some out there who are desensitized to this stuff and just call it "camp", but I found it revolting. I preferred the much more sensual "Salon Kitty", a Tinto Brass film with beautiful women and a decent plot (and not so much brutality).

Zeig Heil in my Maidenform Bra! by evilcupcakes June 10, 2004 - 5:28 PM PDT
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4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I waited a long time to see this movie. I had heard rumors and whispers about this "forbidden " treasure and couldn't wait to see it myself.

Well... it wasn't *quite* what I was expecting. Of course, after all the hype I don't know what I thought I was going to see. There were some scenes that were far more disturbingly graphic and violent than I had imagined, and some of the acting and make-up were, well.... less than convincing. Some moments felt like watching a community theatre production of "Stalag 17" at the Playboy mansion. Dyanne Thorne and her breasts do give a good performance, and the fact that it was recognizably shot on the set of "Hogan's Heroes" only adds to the creepy, seedy vibe of the film. I will say that it is indeed the best of the 70s S&M Nazi Exploitation flicks.




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