Michelle continues her reign of exploitation terror with a review of Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS
|"This may hurt a little!"|
These films are not high-art by any means and they are not meant to be. Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS proved to be so popular that it inspired a slew of other movies to be made with the same themes, with most of them being low-budget Italian affairs.
The story centers around a Nazi prison camp overseen by a sex-hungry, blond bombshell named Ilsa (Dyanne Thorne). She perpetrates various tortures on the female inmates (in the name of “scientific advancements”) and every night she beds whatever male prisoner has taken her fancy. Ilsa happens to be the owner of two very large howitzer cannons in her chest area and is not shy about whipping them out during her duties. Thorne actually does a great job as Ilsa and has this interesting older woman, dominatrix vibe that she puts out. She is quite intimidating and it’s fun to watch the other Nazi officers cower in her formidable presence. Her German accent is absolutely terrible though and adds some unintentional comedy to what are supposed to be horrifying scenes. This movie is still quite gruesome, however, and those with weak constitutions would do well to skip it.
|"Do you like my hat?"|
While I wouldn’t say this is a great film, it is interesting to see a film made with such a specific fetish in mind and executed with such panache. I can definitely see how this could be highly offensive to most people, especially because the Holocaust is such a sensitive subject (and rightly so), but at the same time I cannot abide by the notion that any subject can to be considered off the table for exploration. Just because something isn’t a certain person’s cup of tea doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be available for everyone to experience.