La Bestia in Calore

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La Bestia in Calore
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US DVD cover under the SS Hell Camp name
Directed by Luigi Batzella
Produced by Xiro Papas
Written by Luigi Batzella
Lorenzo Artale
Starring Gino Turini
Macha Magall
Edilio Kim
Salvatore Baccaro
Xiros Papas
Music by Giuliano Sorgini
Cinematography Ugo Brunelli
Edited by Luigi Batzella
Release dates July 1977
Running time 86 Minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

La Bestia in Calore (also known as SS Hell Camp, SS Experiment Part 2, The Beast in Heat and Horrifying Experiments of the S.S. Last Days) is an Italian exploitation film released in 1977. Directed by Luigi Batzella and written by Batzella and Lorenzo Artale, it gained notoriety when it was banned in the UK as a video nasty. This is one of many so-called video nasties about fictionalized World War II Nazi POW camp atrocities. The film is currently banned in Australia due to offensive depictions of sexual violence and extreme impact violence throughout. The film is also currently banned in the UK as well.

Story[edit]

A beautiful, nefarious senior female SS officer/doctor (Magall) creates a genetic, incubus-like mutant human beast (half man/half beast). The beast is a rapacious, squat, sex fiend which she uses to torture and molest female prisoners while the Nazis watch. The dwarfish beast is kept on a diet of mega-aphrodisiacs. In addition to the beast, the prisoners (male and female) are stripped naked and forced to endure group interrogations, electric shocks, systematic rape, and beatings. In the meantime a group of Italian partisans from the local village are preparing to attack the Nazi camp.

Genre[edit]

The film duplicates the formula of the surprise hit Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS (1974) and its sequels, which popularized the Nazi exploitation subgenre (particularly in Italian cinema). Macha Magall's sexy yet cruel SS dominatrix is clearly patterned after the titular Ilsa character (played by Dyanne Thorne in all three Ilsa movies), though Magall is less statuesque. Salvatore Baccaro, who plays the Beast, had previously played a similar (though much briefer) role as a bestial prison inmate in Salon Kitty (1976).

The film is considered a B-movie due to the poor sound quality, formulaic plot, and low-grade special effects (amongst other things). The only set is a laboratory with a cage in the middle, with some cheap costumes, poor lighting, and inept editing. The film contains reused war footage (much of it obviously shot on different film stock) and scenes from Quando suona la campana, another film by the same director,[1] with the lab scenes occupying around 40 minutes of the final film. Several actors from Quando suona la campana were rehired to provide a link with the new footage.

Like many films of the Nazi exploitation subgenre, the movie features torture, gore and nudity.

The film continues to be re-issued in various formats (VHS, DVD). Due to the film's graphic nature, It has been banned from several countries and remains banned in some countries to this day. In 1992, the Australian Classification Board banned the film for "excessive sexual violence" and the film remains banned in Australia to this day. The film is banned elsewhere too, such as the United Kingdom where it was originally prosecuted as a Video Nasty.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ HOLOCAUSTE NAZI : ARMES SECRETES DU IIIEME REICH, nanarland.com

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