Hey, film buffs: we all know that there are times when you ask yourself:
“Do I need an upgraded copy of a film about a caged, sex-crazed Monster who is part of a Nazi prison camp?”
Well, we all know the answer to that, but bravo to Severin Films for doing it anyway – and it’s wildly, entertainingly bad – and stuffed with great extra bonus material!
My trip through the Severin catalogue landed me on what they themselves call:
“More than four decades after the subgenre first shocked the world, the most depraved Nazisploitation sickie of them all must still be seen to be believed!”
Here are the credits:
Writer/director Luigi Batzella (THE DEVIL’S WEDDING NIGHT, NUDE FOR SATAN) combines footage from two earlier WWII action movies with a newly-shot plot featuring a sadistic female Nazi officer (Macha Magall of Bruno Mattei’s SS GIRLS), who loves to arouse herself with the prisoners…
Macha seems up for anything – especially when she gets aroused by the male prisoners that she oversees…that is, when she’s not feeding nubile young women to “the beast!”
A perpetually aroused caged ogre (Salvatore Baccaro aka ‘Boris Lugosi’ of FRANKENSTEIN’S CASTLE OF FREAKS), is fed a steady diet of prisoners for reasons that seem to be based on the goal to populate the world with a super race of humans…although from this Monster’s feeble attempts to mate, highly unlikely to succeed…
While all of this is indeed deeply offensive, it’s important to note that all of the sex scenes involve the Monster just pawing and grunting at the women in “moves” that are as believable as a wrestling match…still, “the beast” is fed a steady supply of women…
Since the film has plenty of full frontal nudity, it also promises a cavalcade of sexual atrocities that Horror-Extreme.com calls:
“tasteless and glorious…it gathers all the ethos of the genre and smashes it into a wonderfully hellish mix.”
And that, my friends, is what “The Beast In Heat” delivers!
Severin has rescued this “Nazisploitation” film from obscurity and then they did what makes it worth buying: they stuffed the blu-ray with terrific bonus features, including an entire full-length documentary about the “Nazisploitation” genre!
The terrific website Mondo digital lays out all of the great Special Features:
Extras start off with the feature-length documentary “Fascism On A Thread: The Strange Story of Nazisploitation Cinema” (91:29) in which genre film historians trace the genre’s origins with tons of great examples of how and why the genre flourished in the 70’s.
The documentary has the “Queen Of The Nazis”, Dyanne Thorne and her husband, who discuss their ILSA films, which are as depraved an example of the genre as exists!
The documentary is packed with interviews and clips, and as Mondo Digital’s reviews states:
“By the time discussion of ‘THE BEAST IN HEAT’ comes around, everyone has a good time discussing how bad it is!”
As the initial review stated, the film was padded out with lots of material from earlier films, and the bonus features cover that as well with “Nazi Nasty” (30:18), an interview with film historian Stephen Thrower who provides background on the Patella and Rizzo films recycled to pad THE BEAST IN HEAT, describes the film as both “startlingly disgusting” as well as “absurd and hilarious” and hopes that the late Patella did not take the film as seriously as some of his genre colleagues.
Bravo to Severin Films for keeping this “not that good” film alive, but also giving us a ton of great historical material about the genre – a great Blu-ray!
As I said, the “Queen Of Nazisploitation” is featured in the documentary:
Deanne Thorne was “Ilsa” but so much more – see more of her films and photos by clicking on my story here:
“Ilsa” ruled the 70’s, as did this sex kitten:
I covered the career of Brigitte Lahaie, who starred in “Fascination” as well as dozens of hardcore films in France…she was recently part of my “2020 Sex Kitten countdown” – you can see more photos and filmography of one of the most beautiful women in cult films by clicking here:
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