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This time round the busty blonde sadist is to be found running a harem for evil oil sheik El Sharif, ably assisted by her two topless ball-breakers, Satin and Velvet. The buxom bitch has resorted to kidnapping beautiful women to ensure a steady supply of hot babes for the sheik; it seems that he has a nasty habit of getting carried away during sex and 'damaging' his ladies. Ilsa must train the newest additions to his harem, teaching them how to be subservient and willing to please; any resistance is punished with torture.
Meanwhile, two guests have arrived at the sheiks home; Commander Adam Scott and his associate Kaiser are hoping to convince El Sharif to give up some of his oil which lies untapped beneath the desert. As a last resort, they intend to use incriminating recordings of the sheik, secretly gathered by their undercover spy, to blackmail him into cooperating. Little do they know that the sheik has already rumbled their plan and isn't going to make life easy for them.
Ilsa, however, takes a shine to hunky Commander Adam and indulges in much rumpy-pumpy with him; when the sheik orders her to have Adam killed, she disobeys and leads a revolt against the despicable tyrant.
There is a real sense of fun to this installment of the Ilsa franchise; director Don Edmonds injects huge doses of camp into the proceedings making this film less of a 'guilty' pleasure than the first. Of course, a strong stomach and hardened sensibilities are still beneficial for those who choose to watchthere is still plenty of cheesy gore and inventive torture in evidence to qualify the film as a genuine shocker: a man has his testicles pulled off by Satin and Velvet, a thief has his hand cut off, two women have explosive vaginal implants inserted into them (which are triggered during sex), flesh eating ants eat a woman's foot, and an enemy of the sheik is doused in oil and set on fire.
It may be a different style of movie to the first one, but Ilsa Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheils is a more than worthy sequel and well worth checking out.
Working in the Middle-East, Ilsa, (Dyanne Thorne) works as the keeper for El Sharif, (Jerry Delony) a powerful oil sheik that controls a vast harem. When new members Inga Lindstrom, (Uschi Digard) Nora Edward, (Colleen Brennan) and Alina Cordova, (Haji) arrive to be indoctrinated into the lifestyle and she sets out to do it for them. When US Navy Commander Adam Scott, (Max Thayer) arrives at the camp to help negotiate a treaty for the oil, she takes an immediate personal interest in him and tries to do her best to keep him while also attending to her duties inside his harem. Finally growing restless with his stubbornness and refusal to allow her to keep him around, she decides to stage a coup with the girls and him to take over the palace and exact their revenge.
The News: This wasn't that bad, but it's certainly good enough at times. The main issue with this one is that this one is just as good as the original in the sleaze department when it tries to. There's a generous helping of nudity in here, delivered with plenty of opportunities to show some really nice moments. There's the usual inspection of all the slaves sequence here, where they spend the time going over every inch of their body and giving clear looks at everything on display to their training sequences for the harem, which include sexual favors, performances and more, all done with emphasis on the sleaze and nudity presented in the situation. Usually reserved for the dirtier side, yet there's a matter of doing the scenes for their best at giving off a great, dirty feel while also doing it's best to feel romantic and sensuous as well. These work from the film's several sex scenes or massages that occur throughout. There's even some from the various tortures inflicted in here, which are suitably disgusting without being too graphic. The biggest one, the ants over the legs while gnawing away on the flesh is a really gruesome sight and really does a lot of good for the brutality stakes with tons of closeups of the creatures crawling all over the skin and the wounds that occur from the bites. It's all wonderfully exploitative and works wonders for the film. There's also the wonderfully cruel forms of torture dished out along the way, including the rebel who gets set on fire in a spectacular scene that's the best moment in the film by a large majority, a thief has their hand amputated in full view of everyone at a party and an incredibly squirm-inducing one with rats-in-a-cage. There's a couple other great parts to this, mainly the really fun action scenes at the end. This one gets a little more thrilling and exciting than the previous one, which is a great feat in that it gets one over on the original, and the huge body count is a lot of fun. There's a few problems with it, though, mainly in the fact that it doesn't really feel as dirty as the first one. It's a lot more toned down in the sleaze, with the violence being quite removed from where it was, there's a lot less amount of nudity than before despite it feeling like there's a lot, and the sleaze amounts are much lower, leaving very little in the way of the original. The only other problem to be had with this one is the more relaxed pace, with a lot more scenes that appear thrown in for the sole purpose of expanding the film out. The conversations about what to do with the harem girls didn't need to be done so often, as often-times it was just for a couple quick lines with no progression made in the time, and it sort of makes the middle drag a little bit. These, though, are minor problems and don't distract enough to ruin this one completely.
The Final Verdict: Not as good or as sleazy as the original, but it's still enough to make it a watchable entry in the exploitation cannon. Give it a shot if you liked the first one, are interested in the genre or have a deep appreciation for these kinds of films, but if you weren't a fan of the first heed caution.
Rated R: Full Nudity, Graphic Violence, some mild sex scenes and some Language
I can't say enough good things about Ilsa, (Dyanne Thorne). Her outrageous German accent and voluptuous body make this flick a stellar exploitation movie. "My name....is ILSA!" I want her to be my harem keeper. First I would need a harem though. Details, details.
Ilsa isn't so much a character as she is a historical figure. Whenever there are strong women throughout history dominating other women for sadistic pleasure, they shall all be called "Ilsa". The Ilsa from the first movie was in Nazi Germany and was killed at the end of the flick. So clearly this is not the exact same Ilsa. The new Ilsa runs a harem for a depraved "Oil Sheik".
Ilsa runs the harem efficiently, telling girls the right way to lick a body, disciplining traitors with flesh eating ants and presiding over topless kung fu fighting sessions. There are a lot of breasts in this flick. The harem likes to go topless. Ilsa also comes up with a plastic explosive that you place in a girl's private area that will detonate when having sex. Yes. Exploding vaginas. The sleaze was working overtime.
"Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks" promises nasty sleaze and does not disappoint. Every other scene had either blood or breasts or both. It's a great exploitation movie. I recommend it.
This time its modern day and she looks as good today as she did in WW2. And she is just as nasty. This time she is working for an oil sheik (well some white guy with a tan, who is rumoured to be Spalding Gray). Her jobs seem to involve kidnap, rape, torture and making girls fat.
Not as in bad taste as She Wolf of the SS but more enjoyable and faster moving. It looks bigger budget with grand sets and brilliant locations. Great costumes and surprisingly good acting.
It does have a few downsides. Such as Ilsa turning good and the very fake looking air plane interior.
Still it is brilliant and very enjoyable. But its not going to be for everyone...
If anything, this one is more 'upmarket' than the first film. It has a bigger budget and some decent locations. It's also less controversial subject-wise, although it's still clearly an exploitation movie. The film revolves around sleaze and torture. We have charming things like flesh-eating ants and exploding vaginas after all. So, fear not, this one is still in the same general ball-park as the first. Unfortunately, the sexy Miss Thorne just doesn't get naked enough though, which is somewhat unfortunate and to this movie's detriment. However, we do have a couple of topless female kung-fu experts called Satin and Velvet who rip a poor fool's balls off. And two of the captured slave-girls are played by Russ Meyer regulars Uschi Digard (Supervixens) and Haji (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!). Both of whom are always a welcome presence in any movie.
Despite all of the atrocities, the Ilsa series is basically cartoonish. You cannot take these movies seriously, nor were you intended to. This one, like the others is another combination of gory violence, sleazy erotica and deranged silliness. For my money this one is neither as good as the original, nor Ilsa the Tigress of Siberia. But it's still an entertaining trash-fest.
The story sees Ilsa relocated to the Middle East (or North Africa, it never makes it clear), where she runs the harem of a rich oil sheik. Inevitably she's a sadist at heart, dishing out all manner of depraved and sadistic torture to anybody who dares cross her; the 'highlight' involves one girl being gradually destroyed by various unpleasant methods including flesh-eating ants and an exploding dildo.
Much of the running time is padded out with big breasted women either being stripped or taking part in simulated sex, while some crashingly dull sub-plots involve spies and an attempt to liberate the oppressed. Dyanne Thorne's acting is poor, to say the least, but she does have a lot of presence as the statuesque anti-heroine. The all-action ending is unbelievable but at least it offers incident away from the endless sex and violence.
The Americans are sending a Henry Kissinger type (Richard Kennedy) along with a naval officer (Max Thayer) to try and overthrow the Sheik and get his oil. So, what else is new? Ilsa and her henchwomen, Satin (Tanya Boyd) and Velvet (Marilyn Joi) are ruthless in their methods and devise extreme methods of torture to get what they want.
Despite what Ilsa tells the Sheik, it is apparent that she is becoming close to the naval officer. He becomes tired of her delay and devises punishment that was decidedly extreme.
Of course, there is a bloody Palace coup after that. And, Ilsa gets her reward.
The porn was decidedly soft-core.
The pneumatic Ilsa who takes out her bazookas for just a few scenes works for an Arab Sheik's harem cum human traffiking prison camp. She helps train the kidnapped girls, and gets them patched up after they are tortured. There is a scene where the girls are repaired from their injuries, where the girls are fattened up and where girls are tortured. You have a scene of body parts to show what happens if you try to escape. You have an auction scene where girls are sold off.
The American government send a naval officer get rid of the Sheik. You have the straight laced officer trying to teach the Sheikh of such things as democracy, human rights, fair trials, innocent until proved guilty. You can guess this was filmed in 1975, long before the 'War on Terror!
Ilsa falls for the naval officer and for her troubles, the Sheikh gets a leper to ravish her!
Dyanne Thorne has a hoot of a time playing the amoral Ilsa in a Nazi uniform aided and abetted by her two well oiled black henchwomen who truly can turn a man into a eunuch.
It really is curious, not enough horror, laughable torture scenes, too tame and cheesy to be sexy. It might had raised eyebrows almost 40 years ago for shock value. These days when you have American women getting kidnapped in Europe to be turned into Human Centipedes then you can see how much these kind of films have advanced since then!
This Canadian American co-production was produced & directed by Don Edmonds & in my opinion is pretty worthless, surely this is the worst of the Ilsa films which lets face it are hardly brilliant anyway. This was the second out of four Ilsa film's following Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS (1975), the fact that Ilsa died at the end of the previous film doesn't seem to matter. The script by Langston Stafford is much lighter & campier in tone than the original, which is most definitely a bad thing. It has been stated that the filmmakers intended to make a much tamer film to obtain a lower rating & appeal to a larger audience, well that's fine but the finished product ended up being very disappointing as far as I'm concerned. There is no attempt at any sort of characterisation, all the women in this film are one dimensional, are given no background, personality or feelings & are simply there to be used, abused, treated like dirt & are nothing more than objects to please men. This is simply not an attitude that I can condone or take any enjoyment from. The exception is obviously Ilsa herself, but she is little more than the comic book villain & is there only to cash in on the Ilsa name. The sleaze & violence has little impact because of the overall tone & feel of the film, there is plenty of female nudity & (very) softcore sex scenes, there are a few lame torture sequences too like pouring flesh eating ants (?!) over someones foot, a thief has his hand chopped off, an exploding stomach & in the films most brutal scene someone is set on fire. The rest of the blood & gore consists of joke shop quality fake blood & stick on rubber scars. There is a few minutes of unexciting action towards the end when the prisoners fight back but like the rest of the film director Edmonds fails to create any sort of pace or tension. I was surprised at just how well made Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks is, the costumes, locations, sets, cinematography & general production values are much better than I would have expected. The acting was OK for this sort of thing I suppose but you have to be a bit suspicious when so many of the cast hide behind pseudonym's. In my opinion the worst & tamest of the Ilsa films that barely qualifies as exploitation, even Jess Franco's Ilsa, The Wicked Warden (1977) is better than this. Not even an exploding electric dildo can save it, one to avoid.
Dyanne Thorne (Ilsa) play like a "brush". I see her in other "movie" and she "play" "better".
Max Thayer (Comander Adam, US Navy) is the best bad actor I see until now I think. Oh my God! A bot will play better than him. If this guy is a actor well i'm the Pope. :) This movie is a joke. Z series. But if you watch (I don't suggest that) it and not take it serious you can laugh.
Tanya Boyd (Satin) and Marilyn Joi (Velvet) play bad too even if they have good body. :P What it's impress me is a guy find money to sell this c**p! If you collect Z series "movies" this one is for you. Else forget it.