Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS
|Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS|
theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Don Edmonds|
|Produced by||David F. Friedman|
|Written by||Jonah Royston|
George Buck Flower
Colleen Brennan (as Sharon Kelly)
|Editing by||Kurt Schnit|
|Running time||96 minutes|
It starred Dyanne Thorne as "Ilsa," Kommandant of a Nazi Stalag (prisoner-of-war camp); the maliciousness of her character was very loosely based on that of Ilse Koch. Ilsa conducts sadistic scientific experiments designed to demonstrate that women are more capable of enduring pain than men are, and therefore should be allowed to fight in the army. Ilsa is also portrayed as a buxom woman with a voracious sexual appetite for men. Every night she chooses another one of her male prisoners and rapes him; however, due to her insatiable hunger, she gets disappointed when her current victim eventually ejaculates, and promptly has him castrated and put to death. Only an American prisoner, who can withhold ejaculating, manages to use her weakness to his favor.
The film was made on the set of the TV series Hogan's Heroes. The series had already been cancelled and the show's producers let the movie be made on it once they learned that a scene called for it to be burned down, saving them the cost of having it demolished.
When Lee Frost and David F. Friedman's 1969 Love Camp 7 became popular in Canada, André Link and Cinepix's John Dunning created a script for Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS. After offering to produce it, Friedman (Blood Feast, The Defilers) agreed and brought on Dyanne Thorne to play as the titular character.
In popular culture 
The film Grindhouse features a faux trailer for a film called Werewolf Women of the S.S. by Rob Zombie, whose characters have been referred to as resembling Ilsa. The lead female officer, Eva Krupp (played by Zombie's wife, Sheri Moon), can also be seen as an Ilsa-like character..
Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS has received primarily negative reviews, and holds a rating of "30% Fresh" at review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Dave Kehr of the Chicago Reader referred to it as "self-conscious Canadian-made camp of the bondage-and-discipline variety."
Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS was followed by three sequels, all variations on the sexploitation prison film theme: 1976's Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks and 1977's Ilsa, the Tigress of Siberia and Ilsa: Absolute Power, the latter of which was released as Isla: The Wicked Warden in some regions.
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- Ilsa, Tigress of Siberia review at Canuxploitation, retrieved April 17, 2013
- Florian Evers, 2011, Vexierbilder des Holocaust. LIT Verlag Münster. ISBN 3643111908, 9783643111906, p. 55.
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- Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS at Rotten Tomatoes, retrieved April 17, 2013
- Kehr, David, Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS, Chicago Reader, retrieved April 17, 2013