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Wanda, the Wicked Warden (1977)

Greta - Haus ohne Männer (original title)
A desperate young woman goes undercover to infiltrate the brutal warden Ilsa's mental health facility for the sexually deviant women, after the mysterious disappearance of her sister.

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Stars: Christina von Blanc, Carmen Yazalde, Rosa Palomar
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Tania Busselier ...
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Angela Ritschard ...
Rosa Phillips
Howard Maurer ...
Governor
Esther Studer ...
No. 24
Peggy Markoff ...
No. 14
Esther Moser ...
No. 18
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Dr. Milton Arcos (as Jess Franco)
Dagmar Bürger ...
No. 9
Lorli Bucher ...
Wardress
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Sandra L. Brennan
Alex Exler
Karl Gysling ...
Prisoner
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Ilsa, now a vicious warden, runs a mental-hospital for young women. A girl deliberately "checks" in to the hospital to find out what has happened to her sister who stayed there. Meanwhile Ilsa and one of the guards are forcing the inmates to have sex with male prisoners, filming them and selling it as pornoflicks. Written by Tobias Broljung <larry@algonet.se>

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Juana: Lick my boots now. I mean it. Come on.
[Abbie licks her left boot]
Juana: Okay, the other one.
[Abbit licks her right boot thoroughly]
Abbie Phillips: Will that be all?
Juana: No. When I asked you to wash me, you refused. You'll make up for that.
[hands Abbie a tissue, then stands up and bends over slightly]
Juana: Wipe my culo.
[Abbie wipes her and throws the tissue aside]
Juana: Oh, you're not done yet. Now you'll really eat it. Come on, lick my culo. Don't you wanna know about Rosa Phillips?
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Ilsa, The Wicked Warden (1977) **1/2
3 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Today, I watched another 2 Jess Franco titles from the Anchor Bay UK 8-Disc Set (which I rented from my local DVD outlet): ILSA, THE WICKED WARDEN (1977) and JACK THE RIPPER*** (1976).

Though I wouldn't say that ILSA is exactly a good film, I was still quite surprised by how it managed to hold my interest throughout. Not that it made particularly inspired use of the various subtexts suggested in the script (the snuff movie angle, for instance, is not dealt with in any depth) – apart from its over-the-top, and undeniably horrific, conclusion – but it was certainly above-average for an Erwin C. Dietrich production with adequate scenery, an evocative if repetitive score and competent performances. The dialogue of the German-language version, however, was pretty hilarious (the various odes to Greta/Ilsa recited by the inmates, the sanitation officials who arrive for a surprise inspection complaining that the rumors of the supposedly corrupt management inside the prison are unfounded – for obvious reasons, they may not have been taken to see the dungeons where the female convicts are tortured, but did they even question themselves why these were forbidden the use of underwear while serving their sentence?!); still, the English dubbing (heard during the interview section of the supplements) makes it sound even worse!

I haven't seen the 'original' Ilsa films but, while Dyanne Thorne seemed to be relatively at ease inhabiting the Jess Franco movieworld, I also feel that her character was pretty one-dimensional and not really the main focus of the film; Lina Romay, on the other hand, has a lot of fun with one of her better roles; even Tania Busselier (in her third and last film for Franco) seems to have matured somewhat and here makes for a creditable heroine (for whom Franco boldly reserves an unexpected tragic fate, though this was perhaps done so as not to involve her in the film's cannibalistic climax).

Unfortunately, this edition was cut by more than 2 minutes by the BBFC: the death-by-asphyxiation of Rosa Philips was evidently trimmed as it now occurs in a split-second; I may be wrong but I reckon that the remainder of the censored footage involved the lobotomy performed on the Tania Busselier character (did they even show this?) as her sudden appearance as a 'vegetable' is most jarring…

Anyway, I look forward now to renting and watching another of Franco's notorious 'Women-In-Prison' films for Dietrich, namely BARBED WIRE DOLLS (1975).


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