Film / Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS
"It turns out all we needed to do to win the war was to just give the Nazis a good, deep dicking!"

Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, made in 1975 and directed by Don Edmonds, is the Trope Codifier of the Nazisploitation subgenre.

The Trope Maker of the Nazisploitation subgenre was Love Camp 7, made in 1969 six years earlier. When that was a big hit in Canada, André Link and John Dunning of Montreal distributor Cinepix quickly drafted the script for this movie, and secured David F. Friedman (who'd starred in Love Camp 7 and produced Herschell Gordon Lewis's Blood Feast) as a producer.

Former Las Vegas showgirl Dyanne Thorne stars as the eponymous Ilsa, the buxom, sadistic, nymphomaniac commandant of what seems to be an odd combination of a Stalag (prisoner-of-war camp) and a Jewish death-camp. Ilsa has an insatiable sexual appetite and each night takes one of the male prisoners to bed, castrating him when he finally ejaculates before she's orgasmed herself. By day, she conducts experiments on other prisoners, attempting to prove that women can sustain more pain than men and thus should be allowed to fight in the army. When an American prisoner by the name of Wolfe is brought to the camp who can withhold ejaculation, she is finally sated, but otherwise things turn to shit for her when his resulting allowance to live culminates in him rallying an uprising amongst the prisoners and her death.

Luckily for her, she's back alive and well in sequels Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks, Ilsa, the Tigress of Siberia and Ilsa, the Wicked Warden.

Notable for being filmed on the former set of Hogan's Heroes.

This film provides examples of:

  • Artistic License History:
    • The movie, being an exploitation film, ignores the fact that no woman was ever the commandant of a Nazi prison camp, and capitalizes on the very real sadism and hypersexuality of such SS Aufseherinnen as Ilse Koch (who infamously had gloves and lampshades made from the skin of the prisoners of her husband's concentration camp and upon whom the title character is loosely based) and Irma Grese (who was incredibly sadistic towards the prisoners of the camp she was a warden of, especially the female ones).
    • Also, a number of signs are seen that use Fraktur, a font which was banned by the Nazis in 1941.
  • Belly Dancer: Generously shown throughout Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks. One of them, however, turns out to be an American spy using a belly gem as a recording device, which is later found by Ilsa's bodyguards and dooms the spy to torture with the help of a breast-crushing device and later on dies by getting blown up by a bomb embedded in her cervix.
  • Chained to a Bed: Ilsa is tricked into this trope by Wolfe, resulting in his escape and her death by Boom, Headshot courtesy of her fellow Nazis who she thought were there to rescue her.
  • Chainsaw Good: There are arm-wrestling matches in Tigress of Siberia where the loser gets his hand cut off by a chainsaw.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: There are two sequels set in contemporary times with Ilsa not only alive but still reasonably young. This is because those films were initially spiritual successors of the original Ilsa film staring Thorne as more or less the same character. After they were made, they changed the titles and dubbed her name in. This also explains why she apparently died more than once.
  • Fan Disservice: If you found any portion of this film to be arousing, something's seriously wrong with you.
  • Fanservice: However, you can get aroused by Dyanne Thorne's...bombs.
  • Groin Attack: At one point, Ilsa tortures her patients with an electrified dildo.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: The American prisoner and his main female Jewish prisoner love-interest refuse to participate in the killings of the Nazis for this reason, and try to dissuade the others from doing so. Doesn't stop 'em from doing so anyway once they're out of earshot.
  • Just Desserts: How Ilsa meets her end in The Wicked Warden, eaten alive by her own slaves.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: When the General finds out about Ilsa's torture and experimentation, he's not happy... because it diverts valuable time and resources away from the war effort.
  • Sex God: Wolfe. This is thanks in part to being able to go for as long as he wants without having an orgasm.
  • Trash the Set: The finale demolished the Hogan's Heroes set, which the crew was allowed to do, as it was cheaper than hiring actual demolitionists.