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Sunday, June 15, 2014

REVIEW: Gestapo's Last Orgy (Intervision DVD) - A Nasty Naziploitation Buffet

The first time I watched Gestapo's Last Orgy I was challenging myself to watch all of the infamous Video Nasties. While my experience with Nazisploitation was certainly not immature, having seen the Ilsa films, SS Hellcamp and the like, I only knew of Gestapo's Last Orgy by reputation and through what I had read. While all of the movies in this subgenre have a certainly ebb and flow, typically opening with perverse torture, working their way back to sexual gratuity and the culminating in some kind of final hurrah that sees the Nazis either dead or in a battle for their lives, Gestapo feels wholly different. It's more like a lineup of the worst things you could think of to do to a person, put on film and then thrust into your eyes to ghastly effect. The first experience I had with this particular film left me feeling more than a bit stunned and actually a bit upset. I simply didn't find the fun in it. That's what makes Nazisploitation fun. It's not the sexy women in SS uniforms (okay it's that too). It's not the horrible prejudicial torture and slaughter to groups of people we love and adore (we love everyone seriously). It's the camp (not the Love Camp or the SS Hellcamp). It's the sense of humor these things have about themselves from some poorly written or delivered dialogue to expert casting that seems to have been in line with Hogan's Heroes rather than Schinder's List. Gestapo's Last Orgy felt different. But like I said... that was the first time I watched it.


Synopsis from Intervision:

In the tradition of THE NIGHT PORTER, SALON KITTY and SALO - only far more depraved - comes perhaps the most notorious Nazisploitation epic of them all: Daniela Levy (aka Italian TV presenter and future UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Daniela Poggi) stars as a beautiful young death camp prisoner forced into a nightmare of brutality, torment and sexual degradation. But will a Commandant's vilest urge trigger her ultimate vengeance? Marc Loud (aka Adriano Micantoni of TOMB OF TORTURE) co-stars in this fetid slice of filth-strudel - also known as LAST ORGY OF THE THIRD REICH and CALIGULA REINCARNATED AS HITLER - now presented totally uncut and uncensored, including the infamous dinner scene that still has the film banned in the UK!


So Intervision put this out on DVD and gave me a chance to rewatch it. First off, the bootleg I watched the first time was trash and this is a far superior transfer than anything I could have expected. If you're sitting atop an older copy of this rather reprehensible picture, this is your chance to go legit and to do it with a great print. It even comes with an informative and entertaining history of the Nazisploitation subgenre (or Sadiconazista as it is known in Europe) by Film Historian Dr. Marcus Stiglegger. You dig the Ilsa movies? Love Camp 7? SS Hellcamp? This is a must watch. The cover art is beautiful and iconic. 

For as horrified as I was the first time I watched Gestapo's Last Orgy, I was entertained this time around. It was actually truly funny. There's something absolutely wrong about watching a woman eat, bath and play with shit, but somehow Cesare Canevari's take on Salo makes you laugh while you do it. Normally such a thing might make feel slightly queasy. Perhaps it's the music or the expert casting by the head SS officer who creates an almost too serious bad guy in the style of Dr. Evil of the SS. You laugh even though you shouldn't Hey, you don't want to eat dead babies? We'll cover your in fuckin' brandy and burn you and most likely eat you too! Then there's the scenes of German soldiers essentially playing with themselves while watching women play in shit.... yeah, that happens. It makes me wonder how I ever took this movie so seriously when there are obvious queues to laugh. Makes me think that I should stop taking movies so seriously. Then again, I watched Salo and was barely phased by it. For some reason it felt light compared to a movie like Ilsa that was clearly unartistic and pure exploitation. 

So who is Gestapo's Last Orgy good for? Fans of Ilsa, you should probably watch this to compare and create a "war story" of your own. If you can't handle the humor in a Nazisploitation flick then you have forget this one immediately.  Intervision puts out movies that challenge audiences from Ozploitation documentaries to strange German gore pics. This is right in line with their previous products. It asks you to watch something shocking but to talk about it intelligently afterward but to have a damn good time doing it. 

You can order Gestapo's Last Orgy now. Challenge yourself. Most movies banned under the Video Recording Act of 1984 don't earn the right to actually be called Video Nasty. This one... is at the head of its class.


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