But of course, the problem with movies like Ilsa, The Wicked Warden and of the many other films banned under the Video Recordings Act, is that twenty years after the media outcry, they now appear restrained in their depiction of sex and violence. Picture Ilsa, The Wicked Warden has been anamorphically transferred in 1. Ilsa, The Wicked Warden stars Dyanne Thorne, the ruler of a South American clinic, where women are sent, ostensibly to be cured but who are actually raped and tortured and where the guards film snuff movies when the patients are no longer of any use. Whilst investigating the disappearance of her sister, Abbie Tania Busselier requests that she be held within the clinic, believing that Ilsa was connected. In terms of the picture quality, some work has clearly been carried out on the film and whilst most of the film does look cleaner than it should, there are a small number of scenes in which film looks to have been brought in from poor quality prints or possibly even video to restore the film to its original length. Even his friends have admitted that Franco was not a terribly competent director, though he does reduce the number of times he overuses a zoom lens, which is something that plagues many of Franco's other films. The film is considered to be the third entry in the Ilsa film series, but was not originally filmed with the intent of being as such, despite starring Dyanne Thorne.
Font Size 16 Despite the outrageous attempts at drawing in some intellectual content to his work - jazz musician, writer, enemy of the Catholic Church, colleague of Orson Welles on an adaptation of Falstaff - Jess Jesus Franco is much better known for a collection of dreadful little shockers made during the seventies and eighties, of which this is one of a run of four women-in-prisons movies. Elsewhere, Ilsa, The Wicked Warden is still known as a Greta movie but following the Video Nasties scare of the early-eighties, the Ilsa name means much more than Greta, namely lots of communal showers, naked catfights, lesbian sex in the cells and Ilsa having her favourite inmate, on whom she lays a kind of love that you just don't get asked about in dating agencies. Showing little that can't be seen for free on the Internet, be it at websites like or on newsgroups like alt. The Jess Franco Collection: This short bonus feature is a four-page summary of the films included in Anchor Bay's boxset of the films of Jess Franco Interviews 13m09s, 1. Given the inclusion of Dyanne Thorne in the title role, and the similar content and subject matter between the film and the series, the small change of character name and other edits made to support it allowed the film to commercially benefit from the popularity of the series, despite it not being originally intended as part of the. Abby finds herself at the mercy of Juanna, Ilsa's lover and leader of several of the hospital's inmates. The film's plot follows Ilsa also titled Wanda or Greta in the varying titles , a warden at a for young women, and a girl who feigns illness so that she can investigate what happened to her sister who stayed at the hospital.
Ilsa, the Wicked Warden originally released as Greta: Haus Ohne Männer, and also known as Greta, the Mad Butcher, Ilsa: Absolute Power, and Wanda, the Wicked Warden is a 1977 sexploitation film directed by Jesús Franco and starring Dyanne Thorne. The title was changed and the script was reworked, with new dialog being for the English-speaking market. Meyer also opined that the movie had been filmed at the same time as Franco's due to the shared cast and setting of the two movies. Meanwhile Ilsa and one of the guards are forcing the inmates to have sex with male prisoners, filming them and selling it as pornoflicks. Abby has lied in order to get herself admitted so that she can find out what has become of her sister, and, hopefully, to rescue her. However, despite Thorne's success in playing violent, sexually demanding psychopaths, Lina Romay has the better role, looking on blankly as she forces Abbie to lick her clean after complaining of food poisoning whilst sat on the toilet or as the inmates finally lead a revolt.
As such, whilst still grim and humourless, this is much less offensive than it could have and, like watching Emmanualle some three decades after its release, it's difficult to feel disgusted by Ilsa, The Wicked Warden any more when it's much easier to feel nostalgic for the days when luridly titled straight-to-video releases were rented for £1. However, she is unaware that Ilsa uses the hospital's inmates to create pornography, often against their will. With Franco doing little but watching impassively through the camera, it's up to his actresses to bring life to the film but, as has been noted in his other films, it is only by the presence of Lina Romay, Maria Rohm and other actresses favoured by Franco that his films are as popular as they are. Unbeknownst to her, her patient Abby is actually the sister of Rosa, one of the hospital's other patients. So long as it keeps on delivering, Ilsa, The Wicked Warden is grimly entertaining, shot with a bleak, lingering eye on the naked bodies of aging actresses and an constant edging towards another act of violence including cannibalism, rape, murder, acid injections and Ilsa's whipping of her patients. The film is considered to be the third entry in the film series, but was not originally filmed with the intent of being as such, despite starring. Juanna tries hard to make Abby respond to her advances but, after she refuses, begins to exploit her.
. In keeping with Dyanne Thorne's habit of appearing at conventions, where fans of the Ilsa series, assuming that such people do exist, are surprised at how pleasant she is, the entire film is performed with only a little more villainy than David Croft's 'Allo 'Allo, with Thorne sporting such an outrageous accent as to suggest that Ilsa is either well travelled and susceptible to a new accent or is incapable of holding on to just the one. Greta — Haus ohne Männer original title Movie Information Directed by: Jesús Franco Writers: Erwin C. These interviews were conducted in German with both English subtitles and an English dub available. The film has, however, been supplied with English subtitles that are well worth reading if only for showing that a completely different script was written for the German-language version of this film than for the dubbed English-language translation. Except that Ilsa, The Wicked Warden isn't actually an Ilsa movie at all, having been written and first released as Greta: Haus Ohne Männer and only being rewritten and dubbed as an Ilsa movie for the English-speaking market.
Even the scene in which Dyanne Thorne pierces Lina Romay's breasts with needles is restrained, with the camera cutting away from the actual violence to show the reaction on Romay's face, meaning that Ilsa, The Wicked Warden shows relatively little in that scene that has not also been shown on television documentaries on acupuncture, aside from the moment when Thorne and Romay press their breasts together. Running time 90 minutes Country Canada Switzerland West Germany Language English Ilsa, the Wicked Warden originally released as Greta: Haus Ohne Männer, and also known as Greta, the Mad Butcher, Ilsa: Absolute Power, and Wanda, the Wicked Warden is a 1977 film directed by and starring. . . .
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