Torture meets sexploitation in this cult independent movie set during World War II.
Ilsa She Wolf of the SS is the first in the trilogy of Ilsa films, and starts off with our favourite bad chick, Ilsa (Dyanne Thorne), as the warden of death camp under rule of Hitler’s Germany. Kitted out in her SS uniform with her two blonde, leggy sidekicks, Ilsa conducts experiments on the women of the camp to prove the female species can withstand a lot more pain than men can and should be given a more prominent role in the SS, such as on the frontline. Cue lots of naked, female prisoners of war being tortured in various inventive means, including an electric shock dildo, and by some methods that were more than likely used in the real concentration camps. Whilst conducting her experiments, Ilsa has her own personal pleasures that need fulfilling and descends upon the men’s camp to find a man that can last longer than she can to fulfill her every need. And if the man can’t… well…in Ilsa’s eyes, he’s not a man and should be modified physically to reflect this.
The General comes to visit and Ilsa is eager to please and shows the General her experiments and the top girls in her camp who have managed to withstand much abuse and torture. But how long can Ilsa’s experiments last…..?
First off, kudos to director, Don Edmonds, for making such a brilliant movie in such a short amount of time. I’m sure having the word SS or Nazi connotation will put many people off, but if you’ve seen the whole trilogy, you will understand that Ilsa’s character is merely a warden role, in whichever situation you put her. Of course, there was infact a lady of the SS named Ilse Koch, who reportedly skinned prisoners and made lampshades out of them. The sadistic, cruel events that took place during WWII provide the backdrop for this well made, exploitation film.
Dyanne Thorne is the title character and convincingly plays the soldier of fortune. She is brutal, sadistic and sexy at the same time. A very curvacious lady who enjoys a bit of fun with the male prisoners of the camp, in particular the American. Although this woman does despicable cruel things which no-one can condone, there’s an aspect of pro-feminism about her. She brutally tortures the female prisoners but unlike the torture of the men as a punishment, she uses the women to prove that they can withstand pain just as much as, if not more than, men. She’s a fighter for female dominance, albeit an extreme one, but you have to take it in the context that it’s in and this is a film to be watched and enjoyed, which I thoroughly do. Ilsa is extremely likeable in a sadistic fashion. She’s sassy, bold, a very strong woman who also has a vulnerable side which Dyanne shows within her character. Being a gore hound, I rather enjoyed the torture scenes. Whilst extreme at times, there’s a subtle, black humour running throughout which lifts the film’s tone. If the film had depicted death and brutality throughout, this film would be a very difficult, grim film to watch. However, She Wolf and the rest of the trilogy are laced with dark humour amidst the torture, and of course, the B-movie style scripts.
If any of you have seen Rob Zombie’s Werewolf Women of the SS trailer, you will see how his inspiration has come from this film.
Ilsa She Wolf of the SS is a true hidden gem that needs to be seen.