Ilsa The Wicked Warden (DVD)

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Ilsa The Wicked Warden (DVD)

Infamous Spanish director Jess Franco (VAMPYROS LESBOS) was the perfect choice to helm this third installment in the Ilsa series. It's a surprisingly ...

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published 22/05/2007 | snag2772
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"The Queen of Exploitation Is Back!!!"

Now this one is a doozy, kids! The third in the infamous Ilsa films (total of 4, I believe), this one goes back to the standards of excellence found in the original, "Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS."
If you are unfamiliar with the Ilsa films, that may or may not be a good thing. If you are a fan of classic cinema, with nice morals, values, a positive message and scenes you will treasure for a lifetime...this movie should be avoided like the plague.
On the other hand, if you're a fan of independent cinema, cult films, exploitation movies, and/or giant breasts and bad acting, this movie is a keeper!
Dyanne Thorne reprises her classic role as the vicious (and first ever) female villain. Slathered with torture, gore and lots of nudity for no reason, this movie actually has many redeeming values (as far as film history goes).
These were made for under $50,000 at the time, by independent writer/directors and have survived for over 30 years.
One fact I find slightly amusing about these Ilsa movies is that NO ONE INVOLVED other than Dyanne Thorne and the director Don Edmonds used their real names. Everyone else involved, cast, crew, lights, sound, producer....all insisted on using fake names so as not to tarnish their reputations. Amusing side-note, the director at the time was famous for producing porn...and he worried that Ilsa would ruin his film reputation.

Now if that's not gotten you interested enough to run out immediately and watch one of these, I don't know what will.

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  • TheHairyGodmother published 24/05/2007
    sorry for the low rating but this review is crying out for loads and loads more information. Have a look around at similar reviews to see what is required and if you update, please do not hesitate to drop me a line in my guestbook and i will happily come back and re-rate :o)
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Infamous Spanish director Jess Franco (VAMPYROS LESBOS) was the perfect choice to helm this third installment in the Ilsa series. It's a surprisingly well-photographed little piece of sado-masochistic erotic schlock, with Isla (Dyanne Thorne) now operating a clinic for sexually aberrant women in the jungles of Los Polomas, South America. Of course the clinic is only a cover, with Ilsa regularly torturing the inmates for political, sexual, and exploitative purposes (she makes films of their suffering, and sells them). A brave woman (Tania Busselier) goes undercover as a patient in the clinic to find her sister. Instead she finds things like whippings, burnings, rapes, electrocutions, suffocation, needle torture, shock treatment and cannibalism. In the calmer moments there's softcore lesbianism and numerous shower scenes. Franco favorite Lina Romay co-stars as Ilsa's masochistic lover. The violence is never overly convincing, but this is still pretty disturbing stuff, and not for the faint of heart. It's a Candian production filmed in Switzerland and set in South America, with an international cast that includes Angela Ritschard, Howard Maurer, Peggy Markoff, and Franco himself, as Dr. Arkos.

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