Ilsa, Harem-Keeper of the Oil Sheiks
Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks was the only official sequel, and is
meant to be high camp. When Dyanne Thorne was asked to do the part, she
pointed out that her character was killed in the first one, and and was told,
"nobody will remember." Thirty years have passed since WW2 and the ex-Nazi
hasn't aged a day. She is now in charge of a harem which she rules with an
iron hand. Part of her duties involves repairing damage to some of the harem
girls so they can be auctioned to the highest bidder. One of the film
highlights comes when another sheik wins a girl, and has her teeth pulled so
the teeth won't scrape him.
As we join the story, Ilsa has just received a shipment of three more
kidnapped women, and the Sheik is
preparing to receive a US diplomat (clearly Henry Kissinger) and a secret
agent disguised as his naval adjutant, who are in the Middle East to negotiate
oil prices. It is a very busy day in the harem because someone was caught with
a harem girl and demanded his right as a soldier to have a trial by combat. Ilsa has
her two powerful topless assistants (Tanya Boyd and Marilyn Joi), kick the crap out of him and
then neuter him. Finally, everyone revolts, and a young prince comes out of the
dungeon and becomes the new, USA-friendly sheik.
The story is just plain silly, but taken as broad comedy, it is watchable.
Ignore it. The film is full of nudity and looks wonderful -- much better than you would
expect given a low budget and minimal shooting schedule. This was the first screen
credit for J. Michael Riva as an art designer. He went on to do Spider-Man 3,
Charlie's Angels, Three of the Lethal Weapon films, A Few Good Men, The Golden Child, The Color Purple,
Buckaroo Banzai, and more big Hollywood productions.
by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
This is one of the very
best exploitation movies ever made, and I recommend it
wholeheartedly if you like silly movies filled with pretty naked girls. Don't be
fooled by the fact that it is a sequel to the dreary and sadistic cult
favorite, "Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS". There is
no comparison between the two movies.
- This one has a big-budget look. I don't know how
they managed to get these sets and to design
these interiors so lavishly, but they did it. It
even has helicopters in it, and not in stock
footage, but in scenes filmed especially for the
movie. The images are sharp, the colors are clear
- It has great stunts. Four stars to the stunt
co-ordinator, who has a real guy fall off a
building right down into the camera, and another
guy on fire for many, many seconds.
- It has humor. The guy who plays El Sharif is
hilariously and intentionally over-the-top
decadent, and the funniest thing about the movie
is a hilarious Henry Kissinger impersonation.
(The good doctor visits the Middle East to
negotiate about oil production quotas and, of
course, to plant a spy.)
- It has Uschi Digard. And a lot of other women,
almost always naked.
Oh, there are some negatives, some amateurish touches,
as you might expect, but those are minor flaws. It is
just plain good ol' fashioned sleazy fun.
Copious, nearly non-stop nudity from:
Dyanne Thorne, Tanya Boyd, Marilyn Joi, Uschi Digard,
Sharon Kelly, Haji, Su Ling, and many others not identified.
If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to
explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by
our definition, a
C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs
and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:
It is top-notch genre fare, but be warned. Unlike its
predecessor it is essentially a comedy.