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Ilsa - She Wolf of the SS (1975)

Dyanne Thorne , Gregory Knoph , Don Edmonds  |  X |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dyanne Thorne, Gregory Knoph, Tony Mumolo, Maria Marx, Nicolle Riddell
  • Directors: Don Edmonds
  • Writers: John C.W. Saxton, Jonah Royston
  • Producers: David F. Friedman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: X (Mature Audiences Only)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: July 11, 2000
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305808120
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ilsa - She Wolf of the SS" on IMDb

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This notorious Canadian sexploitation cult classic is one of the most sick and sadistic features ever released to a general audience, and the only film that producer David F. Friedman, the king of sleaze himself, was so ashamed of that he removed his name from it. Statuesque, buxom blonde Dyanne Thorne is Ilsa, the ruthless commandant of a Nazi medical camp who subjects her patients (mostly naked women) through the most painful and brutal tortures she can think of to prove the superiority of the female sex to Nazi high command. At night she goes through the male prisoners like boy toys to be discarded and castrated the next day ("Once a prisoner has slept with me, he'll never sleep with another woman!"), until she meets a man she can't conquer in bed. It proves to be her downfall. Vamping it up with a corny German growl, Thorne leers with gargoylish delight at her latest diabolical tortures: grotesque, gangrenous infections, exploding sex toys, boiling alive, and a dinner centerpiece involving a naked girl, a noose, and a melting block of ice that leaves her dangling by meal's end. Directed with an artless bluntness and a cold cynicism, it's a brutal, nasty film, utterly tasteless yet perversely fascinating. It was reportedly shot in a week on sets left over from the sitcom Hogan's Heroes, and proved so successful that it spawned two official and one unofficial sequels.

Anchor Bay's restored print is letterboxed and reportedly restored. The DVD edition also features commentary by Thorne, producer Friedman, and director Don Edmunds, moderated by humorist Martin Lewis. --Sean Axmaker

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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insensate and depraved July 19, 2004
"Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS" is perhaps one of the better known exploitation films made in the last thirty years. The picture, directed by Don Edmonds and starring Dyanne Thorne in the titular role, is also one of the most disturbing. Oddly enough, I found this movie even more sickening the second time around. The first time I watched Ilsa do her stuff was on an old VHS tape about five years ago, and I didn't think the film was as horrific as many viewers made it out to be. Usually, the disgust factor works the other way around: the first viewing is the worst with the shock value wearing away on subsequent viewings. I should probably question the value of even watching "Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS" more than once, but I wanted to see what the picture looked like with a snappy new transfer to DVD. Moreover, I wanted to listen to the commentary track with Edmonds, Thorne, and producer David Friedman of "Blood Feast" fame (billed here as Herman Traeger). I wasn't disappointed; the picture quality of "Ilsa" is stunning for such a low budget piece of trash. The commentary track too makes this disc a must have for lovers of schlock cinema. Just don't pop this one in the DVD player when the relatives show up or as a substitute for taking your gal out on the town.
Set in the waning days of the Second World War, "Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS" takes place in a special medical camp where the brutal camp commander Ilsa (Dyanne Thorne) and her busty minions wreak havoc on a bevy of female prisoners. There are a few guys around too, mostly to act as boy toys for Ilsa's ravenous appetites. Ilsa's supposed to be conducting experiments on helpless prisoners that will benefit the German military effort, but she's got quite the disturbing side project going on as well.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleaze at it's best April 15, 2001
By kurlebj
Ilsa-She Wolf of The SS is by far one of the greatest sleaze flicks I have ever seen. It is damn near perfect. This movie has everything you would want in a sleaze/horror movie: Graphic Violence (and i do mean graphic), plenty of nudity, un-intentional comedy, and some extras on the dvd to boot. If you are looking for some of the most wicked depictions of torture ever seen on film, well here ya go. This is an extremely entertaining film in many different ways.
First of all, this is a well made film. (for the budget it had) And the acting isn't too bad. The violent scenes are outrageous and extremely entertaining. The transfer was even pretty good for such an old and low budget film.
The reviewers who gave this movie bad reviews clearly are not fans of this genre of movies. Don't get me wrong...if you are not looking for plenty of violence don't buy this one, but if you are a fan of this genre, then this is a buy or die situation. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.
Inlcuding some decent commentary by Dyanne Thorne, trailers and a cast bio, this one is a keeper. Best of the series. (although the other ilsas are pretty good too, but this one's the gem)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Bad Taste May 3, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is the first and best of the four "Ilsa" films featuring the sensational Dyanne Thorne, who plays the sadistic head doctor in a Nazi death-camp that specializes in cruel experiments on nude women. Sounds too tasteless to be bearable? Well, actually no. If you can retain your sense of humour, you can find this film thoroughly enjoyable. It's mainly down to the hilarious camp acting of Thorn in the title role, whether she is strutting around the camp, spitting insults in a thick hammy accent at all the inmates, or seducing male prisoners in her boudoir using her famous chest to maximum effect. Still, the various scenes of torture are surprisingly convincing, and very realistic, especially those carried out by Ilsa in her secret torture chamber on a prize female subject, so this is definitely not a film for the squeamish. Theres even room for suspense during the climax when Ilsa's cruel reign is finally overturned. Overall, an enjoyable romp for people who have seen everything the mainstream has to offer. But due to such scenes as fingernail pulling, torture by electrified dildo and castration, prepare your friends before you show it to any of them!
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heil Ilsa!!!!! October 1, 2003
Ah, now here's a movie. Ilsa, She-Wolf of th SS. A crazy, exploitiong, horror and blood filled movie depicting a Nazi Concentration Camp and it's Commandant, Ilsa.
The camp has it's share of inmates both male and female. The men have two functions, manual labor and sexually gratifying Ilsa. Of course if you fail to satisfy Ilsa, you will never again be with another woman as she and her two hot blond nurses turn you into a `half-man' with a snip of the steel. Women serve another purpose, medical experiments. Ilsa is a doctor of sorts trying to prove to the Third Reich Command that women are superior to men. They can withstand more pain which makes them more saveage killers.
Among the prisoners are two freaks, one male, one female. The male is an American (of all things) who was studying in Germany's University when the war began. He can control his body until Ilsa (and all her nurses) are satisfied. Because of this his manhood is spared and he becomes a nightly visitor to Ilsa's private quarters.
The woman can withstand any pain the Nazi's can dream up. And they can come up with some very perverted, painful, and unusual techniques, most of them involving private and sensitive areas.
Yes you can plainly see that this was filmed on the location of Hogan's Heros. Also look for the lesbian guard who likes to hang out with the soldiers and guards. She is popular among the guards by providing female prisoners. Then there is the fat male doctor who seems to have TB or something.
Well as always, the prisoners revolt and a decent gunfight ensues. It escalates until the regular German army comes in and blows the place to hell. All the Nazi's are killed, and poor Ilsa ends up tied naked to a bed and has her head blown off by a Nazi officer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Completing dvd collection of series.
Published 25 days ago by stix
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon To The Rescue
I bought this for a friend who could not find it anywhere. Leave it to Amazon to save the day!
Published 4 months ago by kenneth turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Nazi explotation sleaze
Ilsa - She Wolf of the SS is a classic in the Woman in Prison Camps genre of sexplotation movies popular in the 1970s. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alef The Thunder Fox
3.0 out of 5 stars See it for the sex, not the violence
Saw and Hostel has far more graphic violence than this film. What Ilsa offer it's lots of t/a with very little male nudity. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gregory Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars very bad cut version
this movie was terrible, I unknowingly got the cut version, it was not worth the money
I would not recommend buying this video
Published 12 months ago by mrwater
5.0 out of 5 stars great
but wish it was unrated with more action as i remember nice and clear i tell you what happen to the unrated one had more action this dvd cuts parts
Published 18 months ago by seetheartsoftly
5.0 out of 5 stars I was fortunate to locate a new copy of ILSA-- SHE WOLF OF THE SS.
Why was this classic title discontinued? It makes a great holiday gift! Ilsa-She Wolf of the SS is one of those classic Seventies gems.
Published 22 months ago by Lou
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Ilsa movies
If you are a fan of grade B 70's sexploitation films this one is a must have for your collection. Good story, sexy girls, and the movie has a nice rhythm to it never getting... Read more
Published 23 months ago by cormorant
1.0 out of 5 stars 80's cheese
I remember hearing about this movie back in the 80's. I saw it for sale so I thought I'd check it out. Whatever I paid for it, it wasn't worth it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sub Sailor
4.0 out of 5 stars Depraved
I like a lot of bad movies, if they have a silly quality to them. I think this one crosses the shakey line of depravity all the way into nauseating. Read more
Published on October 22, 2012 by AKN
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Banned in North America?
Not banned, just out of print. Same thing happened with some Vincent Price films. They went out of print and thus became rare to find. Being considered rare, the price is jacked up by sellers.
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