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Ilsa, The Wicked Warden (1977)

Ilsa, The Wicked Warden (1977)

Seems like this series is turning from exploitation and grindhouse, more to softcore porn. Well, maybe not softcore, since it still has the occasional grime and gore, but it's teetering on the edge between two types of movies, to the point I'm not sure if I want to be posting these reviews on my site, but anti-censorship as I am: here it is.

The story's about the same, though instead of being a Nazi and conducting morbid experiments on women to prove they can withstand pain better than men - or a harem keeper with less idealistic purpose, Ilsa is now a warden at a clinic for sexual deviants: nymphomaniacs, lesbians and prostitutes, and the way she goes about her daily business she might as well have been a subject herself.

Of course, it's only a matter of time before her sins are punished, and when a woman enrolls in the clinic undercover - to find out the truth, a series of events begins that will ultimately crumble the foundations of the clinic.

It's more like a concentration camp, than a real clinic, someone says, and that ties in nicely to the original. The plot's decent, though the acting is a different story entirely. It's bad, with some dialog so articulate it's like they're reading a script (well of course they are, but as a viewer you shouldn't be noticing that!).

Though it shares many ingredients with the original, it also seems to move away from Ilsa as the sole antagonist, and though the clinic is like a prison there isn't the same sense of captivity as with the others. Sexuality is a much broader focus than both before or after too, not only between Ilsa and her subjects, but between the subjects themselves. It stands out as an odd stone in the series, with the story maybe more of an integral part, yet the red thread wavy between scenes. It seems the audience felt the same way, since they moved back to origins with the next one. A decent movie, but not like the others.

 rated 2/5: decent


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