Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1975) **1/2 The only connections between this film and ILSA, SHE WOLF OF THE SS are Dyanne Thorne and the Ilsa character. Other than that, it's a totally different film; a sequel in name only. This time around, Ilsa is the warden of a harem run by El Sharif, a sheik in the Middle East. She watches over the girls to make sure they will be able to properly please their master. An American diplomat, knowing that something is up, travels to meet the sheik, attempting to catch him in the act. At first, the American and Ilsa are enemies, but soon they become lovers. El Sharif wants her to have the American killed. Will she obey her master, or will she succumb to the spell that has overtaken her? The main reason why this film is so different from the original is because the tone is less serious here than it was in SHE WOLF. Dyanne Thorne is over-the-top, unlike her past portrayal of the character, making this a less-cruel Ilsa. Sure, there are torture scenes, and the amount of bloodshed and nudity is about the same as in the first film, but they are handled much differently. They aren't nearly as disturbing as they were before. HAREM KEEPER has a very campy feel to it, and in the end that hurts the film. Sometimes campiness works with exploitation films and sometimes it doesn't. This is one of those cases where it does not. In the end, I wouldn't say this is as "shocking" as the original ILSA film, as it says on the back of the DVD. It was somewhat enjoyable, but only in certain parts of the film. It lacks the power and even the authenticity of SHE WOLF, which was based on true events. The characters and plot (Plot? What plot?) are more complex in this sequel, but that doesn't necessarily make it better. It seems a lot longer than it really is, because it takes it's time getting to the good parts, which are few and far between. I would only recommend this to fans of campy exploitation films, and not to fans of the original. I suppose some will like it, and some won't- making this the perfect choice for a rental, not a purchase.