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Wanda, the Wicked Warden (1977)

Greta - Haus ohne Männer (original title)
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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.

Director:

Jesús Franco

Writers:

Erwin C. Dietrich (as Manfred Gregor), Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dyanne Thorne ... Greta
Tania Busselier Tania Busselier ... Abbie Phillips
Lina Romay ... Juana
Eric Falk ... Pablo Rego
Angela Ritschard Angela Ritschard ... Rosa Phillips
Howard Maurer Howard Maurer ... Governor
Esther Studer Esther Studer ... No. 24
Peggy Markoff ... No. 14
Esther Moser ... No. 18
Jesús Franco ... Dr. Milton Arcos (as Jess Franco)
Dagmar Bürger Dagmar Bürger ... No. 9
Lorli Bucher Lorli Bucher ... Wardress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandra L. Brennan Sandra L. Brennan
Alex Exler Alex Exler
Karl Gysling Karl Gysling ... Prisoner
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Storyline

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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Young Girls...CHAINED...CONDEMNED To a Life of TORMENT at the Hands of Their Beautiful, BRUTAL Captor! See more »

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Drama

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Language:

German

Release Date:

February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wanda, the Wicked Warden See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinépix,Elite Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

The version released by Anchor Bay in the UK has 2m 31s of cuts demanded by the BBFC. This is to heavily edit an extensive scene where male inmates rape some of the prisoners in the clinic, as well as reductions to the whipping of a chained woman and a scene of a woman being suffocated with a plastic bag. See more »

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Ilsa as Wicked as Ever
22 July 2003 | by squeezeboxSee all my reviews

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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