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February 1979 (USA) See more »
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That Infamous "Ilsa" Woman Is Back See more »
Plot:
Ilsa, now a vicious warden, runs a mental-hospital for young women. A girl deliberately "checks" in... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Dyanne Thorne ... Greta
Tania Busselier ... Abbie Phillips

Lina Romay ... Juana
Eric Falk ... Pablo Rego
Angela Ritschard ... Rosa Phillips
Howard Maurer ... Governor
Esther Studer ... No. 24
Peggy Markoff ... No. 14
Esther Moser ... No. 18

Jesús Franco ... Dr. Milton Arcos (as Jess Franco)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandra L. Brennan
Lorli Bucher ... Wardress
Dagmar Bürger ... No. 9
Alex Exler
Karl Gysling ... Prisoner
Roman Huber ... Prisoner
Mike Lederer ... Prisoner
Sigad Sharaf ... No. 20

Directed by
Jesús Franco 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Erwin C. Dietrich  (as Manfred Gregor)
Jesús Franco  (as Jess Franco)

Produced by
Erwin C. Dietrich .... producer
 
Original Music by
Walter Baumgartner 
 
Cinematography by
Ruedi Küttel 
 

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Also Known As:
"Greta - Haus ohne Männer" - USA (original title)
"Greta the Mad Butcher" - Canada (English title) (imdb display title)
"Greta the Torturer" - Europe (English title) (informal alternative title)
"Greta, the Mad Butcher" - Europe (English title) (informal title)
"Greta, the Sadist" - Europe (English title) (informal alternative title)
"Ilsa, the Wicked Warden" - International (English title) (DVD title)
"Ilsa: Absolute Power" - International (English title) (new title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:95 min | Germany:86 min | USA:90 min | UK:87 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:(Banned) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Québec) | Norway:18 (2007) | UK:18 | USA:X (self applied) | West Germany:18
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Uses same sets as Barbed Wire Dolls (1976).See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Ilsa as Wicked as Ever, 22 July 2003
Author: squeezebox from United States

ILSA--THE WICKED WARDEN (aka any one of the dozen other titles it goes under) is not the most disturbing, brutal or violent of the infamous series, but it is by far the sleaziest.

Dependably twisted schlockmeister Jess Franco dishes up enough nastiness, violence, sex, nudity and sleaze for a dozen average exploitation pictures. A female journalist infiltrates a women's prison to expose the corruption within. Once inside (posing as a prisoner), she is exposed to the grim, vile world that is a women's prison.

Ilsa (Greta? Wanda?), played by Diane Thorne, is the vicious warden, who puts her prisoners through all sorts of physical and psychological abuse, although the prisoners manage some pretty outrageous behavior on their own. There's a nice, long, voyeuristic catfight in the showers, as well as an unspeakably tacky scene in which self-appointed lead prisoner Lina Romay forces the reporter to lick her ass clean after a bout of diarrhea. That pretty much sets the standard for taste in this movie.

Franco shows an odd Tinto Brass-like fetish for female buttocks in this movie, as every prisoner's standard uniform is knee high boots and a prison shirt--no pants or underwear--thus giving the viewer plenty of glimpses of bare bottoms.

Overall, THE WICKED WARDEN is about as sick and twisted a movie as the average viewer is ever likely to find. There are nastier movies out there, even nastier women in prison movies, but this will more than acquaint you with the subgenre.

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