La Bestia in calore
|La Bestia in calore|
|Directed by||Luigi Batzella|
|Screenplay by||Luigi Batzella|
|Story by||Luigi Batzella|
|Music by||Giuliano Sorgini|
|Edited by||Luigi Batzella|
|Distributed by||Indipendenti Regionali|
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.
Most, if not all, of the battle scenes showing partisans attacking the Germans were taken from a previous war film directed by Batzella, Quando suona la campana.
La bestia in calore was part of a sub-genre of exploitation films created in the early 1970s called Naziploitation. These films were primarily produced in the United States and Italy. Among the films, particularly the ones produced in Italy such as Captive Women 4, Gestapo's Last Orgy and La bestia in calore often include pornographic scenes, but were described by author Michael D. Richardson as perhaps "better classified as horror films, given the excessive and graphic violence that dominated the screen."
The film was passed by Italian censors on 10 June 1977. Along with Batzella's other nazi-themed film, Kaput Lager - Gli ultimi giorni delle SS, the film was released in 1977. The film's theatrical release in the United States was heavily edited. The film has been released under the titles SS Hell Camp, SS Experiment Part 2 and Horrifying Experiments of SS Last Days.
Tim Lucas wrote in Sight & Sound that the film was "so reprehensible that there's not a single real name associated with it" noting the director Paolo Solvay credited as Ivan Kathansky and that the film "doesn't have anything as impressive to offer as the prodigiously endowed torso of Dyanne Thorne in the 'Ilsa' concentration-camp series, so its cup runneth over with mayhem instead. A woman's hand is manacled to a table, covered in blood, as a Nazi torturer uses pliers to pluck one fingernail after another." Danny Shipka, author of Perverse Titilation, a book about European exploitation cinema described the film a "patchwork of bad editing, bad acting and hilarious plot ideas all designed to entertain."
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