Friday, January 27, 2006
"Ilsa, the Wicked Warden" review
Ilsa, the Wicked Warden (1977)
Directed by Jesus Franco
Writing credits Erwin C. Dietrich Jesus Franco
Dyanne Thorne.... Greta
Tania Busselier.... Abbie Phillips
Lina Romay.... Juana
I love Ilsa/Greta/Wanda (Dyanne Thorne). I'm not afraid to admit it. Her massive breasts of power make me want to check into her prison system. Once again, Ilsa is reincarnated to give more females beatings and tortures galore. This time she is running a clinic in the jungle for sexual deviants. You know the remedy Dr. Ilsa prescribes: Whips, pins and electro shock therapy. "Now, you will scream."
The movie starts out with a mass shower scene. So right away, we know we are in good hands. Ilsa also takes a bath to show some camaraderie. The suspense is over. We've seen everybody naked in five minutes. So the rest of the flick is Ilsa dealing out punishment to the often naked inmates while some flimsy story plays itself out. One of the inmates wants to find her sister in the gulag and some other stuff.
This is the sleaziest of the series. It gets close to the first one in brutality but doesn't quite make it. One of the prison guards decides to film all the atrocities they commit and sell it to a pornographer. Was this some weird attempt at self criticism by Franco? Not sure. It was an interesting sick twist in a sleazy women's prison flick.
Long live Ilsa. Highly recommended.
SCORE: 4 out of 4 ILSAS!!!!!