SS Hell Camp / La bestia in calore (1977)

3.5 out of 5

One of the more absurd films to have emerged from the Nazi exploitation boom of the 70s, SS Hell Camp combines footage of a war film titled When The Bell Tolls with newly-filmed footage from director Luigi Batzella involving a sexy female Nazi officer using a horny beast to conduct bizarre experiments that seem a lot more like torture than anything else. Gorgeous German actress Macha Magall, who also appeared as a madame in SS Girls, stars in the film as the evil Nazi officer, successfully catering to anyone with even the slightest bit of a Nazi or woman-in-uniform fetish. Another Nazisploitation regular, Salvatore Baccaro, stars as the titular beast, doing what he does best, which is run around naked and hump helpless women very awkwardly as the actresses who play them try their best not to erupt in laughter. Mismatching stock footage, visible crew members, outrageous set pieces, unintentionally hilarious dialogue, and a decent amount of gore and sex make SS Hell Camp an undeniably bad but enjoyable affair. A must-see for fans of sleazy exploitation, and also noteworthy as being one of the "nastier" Video Nasties.

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