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Helga She Wolf Of Stilberg 
Written by: on April 23rd, 2010

Theatrical Release Date:
France, 1977
Director: Patrice Rhomm
Writer: Patrice Rhomm
Cast: Malisa Longo, Olivier Mathot, Patrizia Gori.

DVD released: April, 2008
Approximate running time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Letterboxed Widescreen
Rating: 16
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English & French
Subtitles: Dutch
DVD Release: Video/Film Express & Eurocine
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (Holland)
Retail Price: 7,99 Euros individually or 15,99 Euros for the boxset.

President Steiner and his fascistic posse are tired of listening to loudmouth Helga (Malisa Longo) and her warnings about the danger posed by increasingly popular rebel leader Vogel so they ‘promote’ her and send her off to take charge of the Stilberg facility; essentially an old castle which now houses female political prisoners. Best place for her really seeing as she’s a despotic, possibly mentally ill, sado-masochistic bitch. A truly miserable establishment; between food fights, whippings and light water-boardings the women of Stilberg occasionally head off to a local farm where the lucky ones get picked by farmer Doc for a rapey roll in the hay while the guards get paid off in cheap wine.

The regimen is upset slightly by the arrival of new inmate Elisabeth Vogel (Patrizia Gori), daughter of the rebel leader. And surprise, surprise Helga fancies a bit of that fresh meat. Liz however has the temerity to spurn Helga’s advances and won’t even allow farmer Doc a little bit of rape action so before you know it she’s been strung up and roundly flogged!  Turns out one of the guards, John, is a spy for Liz’s father, his advice? Stay strong until we can break you out! Nope that’s not it. Get kinky with Helga if you want to stay alive. Yup that’s it, really! So Liz does just that. Cue a truly disturbing love montage as Helga and Liz stroll hand in hand through the countryside and by the lake, laughing and flirting.

All good things must come to an end though. You see Liz has also fallen for John and when Helga catches them getting sweaty in the barn it’s back to genpop for Liz and the dungeon for John. There’s nothing else for it – operation Stilberg prison break is put into motion, involving a threesome with farmer Doc and running through the forest in nothing but a dirty mac and high heels. But will the girls make it? Or will Helga’s whip be stained with the blood of the rebel scum yet again?

Again this is very low budget 70’s exploitation cinema. That said this is still a somewhat tedious affair in the end, the bare minimum of plot stretched over a repetitive 90 minutes. OK so I had higher expectations for this one as it does feature the same director and all three of the main stars of Elsa Fraulein SS (1977) which I did enjoy. My main gripe perhaps is that this isn’t really a Nazisploitation flick. There are no Nazi’s at all in fact. This is some kind of parallel universe fascist regime with a dodgy made up symbol in place of the swastika. The soldiers are dressed more like south American revolutionaries and at one point Helga calls in helicopter support, so it’s not even the 40’s then?! Well that’ll explain why Helga’s wardrobe looks so 70’s. There is lots of women in prison style flesh on display and a proliferation of untrimmed 70’s bush, if that’s your hairy cup of tea.

The DVD:

Lots of print damage here, washed out color and a slightly dodgy letterboxed picture. The English audio mono track is fine with very little hiss/distortion. The accents in the English dub are all over the place though, from cockney Londoners to redneck brogue to Fran Drescher whiners! The film does appear to be fully uncut.

For fans of VERY low budget women in prison exploitation flicks only!

Note: Helga She Wolf Of Stilberg is also available as part of a box set titled Nazi Cult Collection, which also includes these film’s Jailhouse Wardess, Elsa Fraulein SS, Convoy of Girls, Special Train for Hitler and Nathalie Rescued from Hell.

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