The Nazi exploitation (or Nazisploitation) film is considered by some to be one of the most offensive subgenres of cinema, due to its graphic depictions of human experimentation, rape, torture, and degradation. The structure of these is similar to “women in prison” films, only much nastier and with more emphasis on the wartime atrocities of Nazi Germany. It is not suprising that these films were targeted by British censors in the early 1980’s, when a total of four titles were officially designated as Video Nasties – Love Camp 7 (1969), The Gestapo’s Last Orgy (1977), The Beast In Heat (1977), and SS Experiment Camp (1976).
Trouble begins when Helmut learns that the experiment will soon require the soldiers to alternate partners, as he has fallen in love with Mirelle. Desperate, he goes to the Colonel and asks that Mirelle stay with him, to which the von Kleiben offers a deal. If Helmut agrees to volunteer for an undefined medical surgery, then he will be allowed to stay at the camp longer and remain with her. He agrees and the two lovers are allowed to stay together in another part of the camp until the surgery. After a month passes, Mirelle is taken to see Helmut, who is still recovering from the surgery. As the two begin to make love, Helmut is horrified to discover that his testicles have been removed and implanted into von Kleiben (who had previously had his own bitten off by a rape victim). Chaos erupts as a furious Helmut confronts the Colonel and attempts to escape with Mirelle.
Luckily, the ridiculous plot elements, awful English-dubbed dialogue and poor special effects lighten the mood slightly and allow viewers more than a few laughs at the film’s expense. One example is Helmut’s surgery, in which an unusually large set of testicles are removed. With testicles that large, it seems very strange that Helmut doesn’t even notice that they are missing until he tries to have sex with Mirelle a month later.
May 08, 2011
Jenny Spencer is a life-long fan of horror and exploitation films, especially those released in the 1970’s-80’s. She is the editor of the giallo/slasher film blog The Bloody Iris and co-editor of Italian Film Review. On occasion, she has written for other film-related websites, including Hysteria Lives!, The Blood Sprayer, and Videotape Swapshop.
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