Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks
Director: Don Edmonds
Stars: Dyanne Thorne
From Nazi Germany to the Middle East: Ilsa is now working for an Oil Sheik, importing and brutally training sex slaves. Yeah it is a sequel to Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, but I wouldn’t call it a literal sequel. After all, she died at the conclusion of that first film. This is just the same character in a different location. In fact, all of these “sequels” are just the same character on a globe-trotting journey of sex and perversion.
Location is about the only thing that’s different in this film from Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS. Of course it made more sense that she was some sort of demented madame for the SS doing these experiments to serve some sort of cause for the Third Reich. Here she’s just training sex slaves – in brutally unnecessary ways. The torture is more creative, I will give it that. There’s a girl that’s eaten by ants, a girl’s whose tits fall off from leprosy, but again I ask – how does this serve the cause of training sex slaves?
This incarnation of Ilsa (played by the same actress, Dyanne Thorne) is not as crazy as the SS one. Oh, she’s still a fucking sick psychopath, but only a little bit more tame. Well, she doesn’t give a painful golden shower so I guess that’s the ONLY difference, but that’s a pretty big difference. Sure Ilsa has sex with every living being and tortures the hell out of women. The other big difference between the two incarnations of this character is Dyanne Thorne’s passion. With Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS she seemed to be very involved in that role and one could almost believe that this really was some sadistic SS mad-woman. In Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks, Dyanne Thorne just doesn’t seem to be as into the role. I wouldn’t go as far to say that she’s phoning in this performance, but it seems like she’s just going through the exploitation film motions. She issues orders for torture, has sex with random men, kills people and all the other types of things but there just isn’t the same type of smile in her heart that the SS Ilsa had.
There is a story about politics and the Americans making deals for oil It’s rarely mentioned and on the instances that it is the story usually ends up contradicting itself. Like its predecessor, this movie is all about the exploitation and little else. There is another big dinner scene in this one which is as equally disturbing as the dinner scene in Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS. Instead of watching a woman hang, however, this time we get to see an American diplomat eat a girl’s eye. I will give this film one great thing in its benefit, however, and that is the fact that the music is a hell of a lot better. Some of these scenes are easier to swallow while listening to the exotic strains of middle eastern music as opposed to the violent pomp of German marches.
The ending is basically the same, however. The rival political faction comes in and through a violent battle overthrows the sheik. A new prince is put in charge and THIS is what offended me the most. I was able to tolerate the tortures and the bizarre rapes – but I’m not gonna put up with a ten-year-old boy coming in and giving these orders. He gives the kill order for Ilsa to be tortured to death and sits back and laughs. A ten-year-old boy does this. Children have NO place in exploitation films – it is beyond offensive. This is especially so when the child is taking part in the exploitation action. Depsite any merit this film has, any aesthetic qualities this may have over it’s predecessor, I will continuously state that Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS was the better film because of it’s tasteful absence of children.
Overall, if you are able to tolerate the fact that a child shows up at the end, its a more palatable film than the first Ilsa film. The torture isn’t as brutal and is a bit more original than in the first. For exploitation film fans that have made it through the first Ilsa movie, this is nothing new. So there’s really no purpose to see this movie at all.