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February 1979 (USA) See more »
That Infamous "Ilsa" Woman Is Back See more »
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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Where is Dyanne Thorne? See more (34 total) »


  (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)
Dagmar Bürger ... No. 9
Lorli Bucher ... Wardress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandra L. Brennan
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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Argentina:95 min | Germany:86 min | USA:90 min | UK:87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:RC | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Québec) | Norway:18 (2007) | UK:18 | USA:X (self applied) | West Germany:18

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After the production wrapped, co-stars and real-life married couple Dyanne Thorne and Howard Maurer took the opportunity to go on vacation in Europe. In fact, director Jess Franco gave them an itinerary of places to visit for their trip.See more »
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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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV)See more »


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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Where is Dyanne Thorne?, 15 May 2004
Author: Nick Faust ( from Evansville, Indiana

As far as politically incorrect movies are concerned, this one (and the entire "series", for that matter) must rank as one of the MOST incorrect ever. Not a recommendation for all movie viewers, that's for sure. But for some of us, the blunt outrageousness of ILSA, THE WICKED WARDEN with its calculated S&M games filling in for a plot, and the grand, almost operatic, pleasure that actress Dyanne Thorne unapologetically conveys with each terrible torture bit, makes this a jaw dropping, exploitation adventure. WICKED WARDEN is my favorite of the series for a couple of reasons. First of all, Jess Franco, not one of my favorites and not a great one for telling an understandable story, obviously enjoys stringing together horrible moments of torture and violence. His approach, surprisingly effective here, is to provide a context for what's going on - and the context is enough. The prison is Ilsa's own private funhouse; what she does is for her own pleasure, period. Unlike Don Edmons, Franco understands this kind of movie: he starts with Ilsa and filters the punishment down through the ranks. Ilsa's brand of immoral hedonism turns the entire prison into an S&M club where inmates use sex and humiliation as currency. Franco knows how to stage scenes with pins and plastic bags; played low key and with simple means, this stuff gets to you. It seems like the movie is constantly crossing the line and what we're watching is real - which, of course, it's not. But Franco's straight forward, unashamed voyeuristic style transcends the silliness inherent in material like this and gives it a weird kind of weight. Sometimes you can hardly watch what's going on, but you can't take your eyes off of it either. The other element at work here is the GREAT Dyanne Thorne who in my mind is a terrific actress. As big a performance as her Ilsa is (and is in all the movies) there's not a hint of parody. That would be the easy way out for any actress playing such a despicable role. Thorne plays it straight. You believe that Ilsa's life is worth living because of what she does in this prison. Her gestures are grand, but her playing is internal: she shares Ilsa's dark and primal joy with the viewer. That's what makes these movies still sort of difficult today. Ilsa's not kidding, and Dyanne Thorne drives this movie with an unbeatable force. If these movies had been made in the 1940's (Ha!) Thorne would have emerged a big star. Where is she now? Am convinced that an actress who can pull off Ilsa can pull off just about anything. No longer a young woman, I know; but I'll bet she's still a striking figure. Come back, Dyanne, come back. All that said, ILSA THE WICKED WARDEN is worth the effort. It's as guilty a pleasure as you could ever hope to find.

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