SS Hell Camp / La bestia in calore (1977)

1.5 out of 5

A small band of verbose partisans spend the best part of a movie standing around in the countryside while all around rages a stock footage conflict in a Luigi Batzella war effort that would, no doubt, be largely forgotten were it not for the presence of the beast. The caged beast himself is a hirsute, slightly rotund and perpetually flaccid sex pest of a pube munching monster who lives in a Tiswas cage and "woof bark donkeys" like a crazy Fred West and Jack Black hybrid given to channeling the outbursts of Charlie Chuck.

While the sadly underused exploitation sequences provided ample shocks to send a censorious and moralistic British government into veritable apoplexy, resulting in the inclusion of this title on the video nasty list, the less prudish may find some moments of unintended comedy gold in this blatant attempt at low rent provocative cinema.

Giuseppe Castellano is in this for a few seconds and some guinea pigs in blackface appear in the role of rats but it is the scene stealing Salvatore Baccaro with his manic pouts and grunts who is the true star of the show.

The film may well be unintentionally funny but in terms of achieving the shocks the Beast in Heat fails miserably as it is, beyond a shadow of doubt, not very good and only likely to put the flaccid willies up oversensitive politicians

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics