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2.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jess Franco
One of Jess Franco's more famous concoctions and a classic example of some of his recurring themes - women in prison, women getting wet, bondage, chastisement and masochism, and the presence of a dominant female.
The plot? Well, in some South American country there is a clinic which treats women for mental illness: it specialises in some unique forms of illness...
Published on 9 Mar. 2005 by Budge Burgess


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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jess Franco, 9 Mar. 2005
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Budge Burgess (Troon, Scotland) - See all my reviews
One of Jess Franco's more famous concoctions and a classic example of some of his recurring themes - women in prison, women getting wet, bondage, chastisement and masochism, and the presence of a dominant female.
The plot? Well, in some South American country there is a clinic which treats women for mental illness: it specialises in some unique forms of illness - "nymphomania, lesbianism, and prostitution" are the three mentioned! Not only do the inmates fail to recover from their treatment, no patient has ever emerged alive from this clinic! Well, that's what you get when you privatise the NHS!
The clinic is run by the dominant and pneumatic Ilsa, who has a penchant for soapy baths, crisply ironed shirts, and the use of a whip. When one girl makes an escape bid, she is pursued by armed guards and manages to trigger an investigation into the clinic. For some reason Amnesty International gets a mention here! An undercover agent volunteers to infiltrate, trying to discover news of her own missing sister. Thereafter, the clinic is exposed for what it really does ... and a lot of flesh is exposed into the bargain.
There are a lot of naked bodies, but as pornography goes, it is quite tame. Classic Jess Franco ware - tacky, dreadful acting, worse dubbing, a fragile plot, limited characterisation, but numerous opportunities for shower scenes, women on women, chastisement and chains, etc., and the pneumatic Ilsa bouncing along, trying to keep order. But well shot, well lit, quite titillating in places ... and, if you're a vegetarian, watch out for the cannibalism!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing ending for a very tame film, 8 April 2013
The late great Jess Franco's addition to the popular Ilsa series. Very similar to most women in prison / asylum movies; there is a great amount of nudity and the usual depravity of torture, women in chains getting whipped, orgies, lesbian scenes, fighting in showers, shock treatment, asphyxiation etc. Most scenes are very tame indeed but Franco has a talent for filming naked women. As usual it all sounds better on paper than it is on film and it starts to plod half way through however despite a tame film it does have a genuinely disturbing ending that is like a scene from shivers or a good zombie movie with a little dose of peeping tom. A great finale to an average film.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 70,S trash, 29 Nov. 2009
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I had this dvd years ago and lost it so thoought would buy another copy , wish I had not , the dvd is good picture quality , the sound is good but as for the content it is poor , these dvds were supposed to shock , maybe in the 70,s and 80,s yes but nowdays there more funny than shock, there is lots of nude woman and many lesbian bits in the dvd but there far from explicit , more like something out of a softcore porn movie. it however is a classic and if you want it to add to a collcection it is worth buying but if your looking for hardcore torture and lots of sex dont buy this dvd you will be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 Aug. 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Mar. 2015
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad, it isn't even funny, 14 Mar. 2009
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If all you expect from a movie is nudity and a few scenes of torture and abuse, then this one is for you. If you want a plausible story, good acting,then stay away from this sorry piece of exploitation cinema. The characters are so unbelievable, the dialogue (dubbed!)at times is so bad that it isn't even funny anymore, and it fails to create an erotic atmosphere. There is so much wrong with this movie that one has to wonder why it did get made at all. The nudity, probably...
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3.0 out of 5 stars wemon in jail, 30 Sept. 2010
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one of the better movies of this type of female exploitation films,
some good acting,a little bit dated by modern standards and with a very strange ending.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, these are awful, 15 Jan. 2008
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This review is from: Ilsa Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Having said that, there is some pleasure to be had in seeing just how bad they are: very, very bad.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cheesier than Cheesy McCheese from Chedar!, 18 Feb. 2006
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This review is from: Ilsa Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I bought this, as I had heard it was a cult classic! What an idiot I was.
After watching the first film on the set...the SS wolf one, I was left thinking "but why?"
So...later on I watched the second dvd, and it was almost exactly the same storyline as the first film, just with different outfits!I couldnt be bothered to watch it all, so I just popped the third film in...again...exactly the same, just the cast looking a bit rougher, and with different outfits yet again.
I was left wondering what kind of entertainment anyone could get from these films....I mean, I am broadminded, but these were just made for no seemingly redeeming reason.
Acting is crap, script is crap, effects are crap, altogether CRAP...don't waste your money on this tripe!
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2.0 out of 5 stars 3 films which have some difficult aspects,+ some commical., 26 Jun. 2005
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paul hopkins (harrow, middx England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ilsa Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
the Isla - wicked warden film,has the longer scenes cut in length rather than substance in the 18 version.The other 2 films are also uncut.The she wolf of the ss film is such ,that cuts couldn't make a good difference to it, with the same themes.The Ilsa harem keeper one, is more of a topless + bad joke sort of film.
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