Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS

Year: 1975
Production Co: Aeteas Filmproduktions
Director: Don Edmonds
Writer: Jona Royston
Cast: Dyanne Thorne

I gathered Rob Zombie's fake Grindhouse trailer Werewolf Women of the SS was inspired by this film, so I expected a lot worse. I'm not going to say it was high quality but after the appalling editing, continuity, acting and props of most films from this school, everything from the blocking to the narrative was competent while pedestrian.

To start with, Ilsa isn't a werewolf. She's just a horn dog, a milf-ish Nazi concentration camp commandant who runs her prison differently to most. Here, the male prisoners are made to service her insatiable sexual desires on a nightly basis, facing castration if they fail to satisfy her.

The female prisoners are sexually tortured, beaten and raped in several scenes that border on disturbing (if you've seen a torture-porn slasher in the last ten years you've seen worse, and the lurid orange-sauce-for-blood make-up effects don't help).

But the latest group bought in devises a plan to overpower and escape Ilsa and her minions and guards. In the film's most hilarious aspect, steel-jawed hero Wolfe explains with a straight face how he can hold himself back from orgasm indefinitely. Needless to say, he becomes Ilsa's favourite plaything.

Various scenes of torture, flogging, vaginal electrocution and beatings are intended to prove Isla's theory that women can stand more pain than men and should be allowed to fight on the front lines, a narrative arc I had no idea about until I read it online.

But just like the scene where the visiting General seduces her into giving him a golden shower because it's the only way he can get off, every opportunity is taken for lurid nudity and sex, the naked bodies of the female prisoners and Ilsa herself on frequent display.

You'll watch it out of curiosity and stay with it after expecting something as gleefully inept as Zombie's fake trailer.

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