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Ilsa the Tigress of Siberia (1977)

R | | Horror | May 1978 (USA)
In 1953, nestled deep in the unforgiving Siberian Tundra, the Stalinist Gulag 14 is a purgatory under the command of the brutally seductive tormentor, Ilsa. More than two decades later, the camp's sole survivor thirsts for retribution.

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Michel-René Labelle ...
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Gilbert Beaumont
Jean-Guy Latour ...
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Terry Haig
Jacques Morin
Henry Gamer
Jorma Lindqvist
Gil Viviano ...
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Anne Marie Guenette
Nicole Fortin
Bertha Pierre
Carole Péloquin
Carol Downs
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In 1953, nestled deep in the unforgiving Siberian Tundra, the Stalinist Gulag 14, a purgatory for the rehabilitation of political dissidents, is under the command of the brutally seductive tormentor, Ilsa. However, after Stalin's execution, the camp is burned to the ground by Ilsa's comrades with the intention of leaving no one behind to recount the horrors within the prison's gates, with the exception of one man: the survivor Andre Chicurin. Now, more than two decades later, in 1977, Ilsa has found refuge in Montreal running a profitable brothel, unaware that Chicurin thirsts for retribution. Written by Nick Riganas

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Anchor Bay Entertainment tried to obtain the rights to this film when they re-mastered and released the first three films in the series, but the current owners wouldn't sell. See more »

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Ilsa: [addressing the prisoners] Here at Gulag 14, there is a certain formality before a death is certified. This dog tried to escape. He planned to trick us. Perhaps, even now, he cheats us. We must make certain. Watch and remember well...
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From a roar to a meow.
4 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

Tigress starts out promising enough with Ilsa as the kommie kommander of a Siberian gulag. Between torturing political prisoners and feeding them to her tiger, the buxom goddess still finds time for some nightly romps with her rowdy guards and the results are often hilarious. Alas, proceedings take a turn for the worse when the scene shifts to a bordello in Montreal. I mean, when you think of all the gruesome settings in the Ilsa series: a Nazi P.O.W. camp, a Middle Eastern slave harem, an asylum in South America and said gulag, a Montreal bordello really pales in comparison. Furthermore, Ilsa's torture techniques are now performed via a (yawn...) mind control chamber. Instead of physically tormenting her victims, she inflicts psychological torture which results in several highly forgettable hallucinatory sequences. But the producers really missed the boat when they decided to play the latter half as a straight action drama with very little of the campy flair which made the series (and the first part of the movie) so entertaining. Another big mistake was to forego Ilsa's classic transformation from cold-hearted vixen to vulnerable lust-bunny. One of the most appealing (and humorous) aspects of her character was the fact that this femme fatale could be brought to her knees and made a love slave when the right "stud" came along. In Tigress, she's just a one-dimensional sadist from beginning to end. Also missing in action are Ilsa's prerequisite pair of lesbian henchwomen, which makes one wonder if the producers even bothered to watch the first two movies! Even the ending, when Ilsa gets her usual comeuppance, seems largely uninspired and comes across as if they simply ran out of ideas. All in all, Tigress is worthwhile viewing only for true fans of the series. To the uninitiated, I'd suggest Harem Keeper or She Wolf for your first taste of Ilsa's whip.


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