Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS

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Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Don Edmonds
Produced by Herman Traeger
Written by Jonah Royston
Starring Dyanne Thorne
C.D. Lafleuer
Cinematography Glen Rowland
Edited by Kurt Schnit
Aeteas Filmproduktions
Distributed by Cambist Films
Release dates
  • October 1975 (1975-10) (US)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS is a 1975 American Nazi exploitation film produced in the USA. The film was directed by Don Edmonds, produced by David F. Friedman and written by Jonah Royston.


Ilsa is Kommandant of a Nazi prison camp, who conducts sadistic scientific experiments designed to demonstrate that women are more capable of enduring pain than men are, and therefore should be allowed to fight in German armed forces (it is late in the war and the Nazi military is in dire need of reinforcements). Ilsa is also portrayed as a buxom woman with a voracious sexual appetite for men. Every night, she chooses another one of her male prisoners and rapes him; however, due to her insatiable hunger, she gets disappointed when her current victim eventually ejaculates, and promptly has him castrated and put to death. Only an American prisoner, who can withhold ejaculating, manages to use her weakness to his favor. He hopes that the Allies will arrive soon, but a faction of the SS wants to eliminate all evidence and witnesses.


  • Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa
  • C.D. Lafleuer as Binz
  • Gregory Knoph as Wolfe
  • Tony Mumolo as Mario
  • Maria Marx as Anna
  • Nicolle Riddell as Kata
  • Jo Jo Deville as Ingrid
  • Sandy Richman as Maigret
  • Rodina Keeler as Gretchen
  • Wolfgang Roehm as General
  • Lance Marshall as Richter
  • Jacqueline Giroux as Rosette
  • Uschi Digard as Pressurized chamber prisoner
  • Colleen Brennan as Redheaded prisoner
  • Peggy Sipots as Prisoner on ice block
  • Donna Young as Prisoner with white scarf
  • Janet Newell as Blonde prisoner
  • Eve Orlon as Nude prisoner in bed
  • Wayne Beauchamp as Prisoner
  • Sandy Dempsey as Prisoner
  • Meri McDonald as Nazi guard
  • John F. Goff as Nazi guard with mustache
  • Gary Schneider as First prisoner beside Wolfe


When Lee Frost and David F. Friedman's 1969 Love Camp 7 became popular in Canada, André Link and Cinepix's John Dunning created a script for Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS.[1] After offering to produce, Friedman agreed and brought on Dyanne Thorne to play as the eponymous character. Friedman is credited onscreen as "Herman Traeger".

Ilsa is patterned after real-life murderous female Nazi camp personnel Ilse Koch and Irma Grese.

Friedman (under the pseudonym Herman Traeger) put a notice before the film opens: "The film you are about to see is based on documented fact. The atrocities shown were conducted as 'medical experiments' in special concentration camps throughout Hitler's Third Reich. Although these crimes against humanity are historically accurate, the characters depicted are composites of notorious Nazi personalities; and the events portrayed, have been condensed into one locality for dramatic purposes. Because of its shocking subject matter, this film is restricted to adult audiences only. We dedicate this film with the hope that these heinous crimes will never happen again."


The film was made on the Culver City set of the TV series Hogan's Heroes.[2] The series had already been cancelled and the show's producers let the film be made on it once they learned that a scene called for it to be burned down, saving them the cost of having it demolished.


Ilsa was rejected by the British Board of Film Classification[3] and banned in Australia and Norway.


Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS has received primarily negative reviews, and holds a rating of 30% "Rotten" at review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.[4] Dave Kehr of the Chicago Reader referred to it as "self-conscious Canadian-made camp of the bondage-and-discipline variety."[5]

Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS won Best Alternative Release at the 1985 AVN awards.[6]



Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS was followed by three sequels, all variations on the sexploitation prison film theme: Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks in 1976, Ilsa, the Wicked Warden, in 1977 and directed by Jesús Franco (the film was also known as Greta, The Mad Butcher and Wanda, The Wicked Warden), and Ilsa, the Tigress of Siberia, also in 1977.

In popular culture

  • The 2007 film Grindhouse features a faux-trailer for a film called Werewolf Women of the S.S. by Rob Zombie, whose characters have been referred to as resembling Ilsa. The lead female officer, Eva Krupp (played by Zombie's wife, Sheri Moon), can also be seen as an Ilsa-like character.[7]
  • The American speed metal band At War recorded the song "Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS", based both in the film of the same name and on the character of Ilse Koch.[8]

See also


  1. Ilsa, Tigress of Siberia review at Canuxploitation, retrieved April 17, 2013
  2. Sarracino, Carmine; Scott, Kevin M. (2008). The Porning Of America: The Rise Of Porn Culture, What It Means, And Where We Go From Here. Beacon Press. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-8070-6153-4. Retrieved 2010-01-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "ILSA - SHE WOLF OF THE SS (N/A)". Oppidan Film Productions. British Board of Film Classification. June 9, 1975. Retrieved October 13, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS at Rotten Tomatoes, retrieved April 17, 2013
  5. Kehr, David, Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS, Chicago Reader, retrieved April 17, 2013
  6. "Past Winners: 1985". AVN Awards.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Florian Evers, 2011, Vexierbilder des Holocaust. LIT Verlag Münster. ISBN 3643111908, 9783643111906, p. 55
  8. Album "Ordered to Kill" by At War at Encyclopaedia Metallum, retrieved January 12, 2015

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