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The Beast in Heat (1977)
"La bestia in calore" (original title)

 -  Horror | Thriller | War  -  19 July 1977 (Italy)
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This is one of many so called Video Nasties about fictionalized World War 2 Nazi POW camp atrocities. A beautiful, nefarious senior female SS officer/doctor (Magall) creates a genetic, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Macha Magall ...
Dr. Ellen Kratsch
Gino Turini ...
Drago (as John Brawn)
Edilio Kim ...
Capt. Hardinghauser (as Kim Gatti)
Xiro Papas ...
Lupo (as Xiros Papas)
Salvatore Baccaro ...
The Beast (as Sal Boris)
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This is one of many so called Video Nasties about fictionalized World War 2 Nazi POW camp atrocities. A beautiful, nefarious senior female SS officer/doctor (Magall) creates a genetic, mutant human Beast (half man/half beast). The Beast is a rapacious, squat, mongoloid sex fiend which she uses to torture and molest female prisoners while the Nazis watch. The vertically challenged beast is kept on a diet of mega-aphrodisiacs. There is plenty of sadistic titillations, gore and nudity in this Nazi sub-genre exploitation flick. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Horrifying experiences in the last days of the S.S. See more »

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19 July 1977 (Italy)  »

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Horrifying Experiments of the S.S. Last Days  »

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The film was listed as one of the DPP's 72 video nasties in the UK and even made the final list of 39 official titles for prosecution. See more »

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The shadow of the cameraman and camera is visible during a pan on the large red swastika lawn ornament as a car drives up to the compound. See more »

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Dr. Ellen Kratsch: I'm certain that my creature will give you a demonstration of its virility that no human being could be capable of imagining. You will see, dear Doctor, and appreciate the immolation of the chosen virgin who, without realising it, will be sacrificing herself to science. Humph! Very Well...
Dr. Ellen Kratsch: [to the guard] Open that door.
[the prisoner enters]
Dr. Ellen Kratsch: Hmmm... you're very pretty. I can tell that you'll be appreciated.
voice off screen: She was chosen from the special batch.
Dr. Ellen Kratsch: So you must be one of those who refused to ...
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SO Sweet so perverse
9 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

God knows who would want to watch the Beast in Heat for entertainment purposes ! It's probably the most offensive of the nasty and despicable Nazi subgenre. Because of it's infamous status as a banned movie and Video Nastie, it is worth collectors tracking down a copy.



The Beast in Heat is basically about an ilsa inspired Nazi female scientist who has created a man beast for the express purposes of raping women. Can you imagine any concept more tasteless ? That's really all this film is about, sure there are a few other things going on like a peasant uprising against the Nazi oppression, but the Beast committing rape is really what this film is about. The other torture scenes such as nails being pulled by pliers and the use of man eating rats are equally nasty.



The standard of film making is not high, ahem, actually is about as low as the chances of  Bill Clinton appearing in a monogamy campaign! The action sequences are pathetic and to make matters worse, stock footage of war is used as well. The rape and torture scenes are vile and explicit, no wonder this film is well banned worldwide.



Aside from these scenes there is one other ultra nasty scene (see video clips) of soldiers shooting a baby. The only saving grace is that the scene is so badly done and unconvincing.



The Nazi exploitation subgenre is just so vile it's not funny. Why would anyone want to make films exploiting such a bleak episode of world history ? Just seeing those Nazi uniforms in a film is enough to make me reach for the barf bag. I personally feel like i've committed a crime just by watching one. At least other nasties like Cannibal Holocaust have some artistic merit.



Films like the Beast in Heat will never be made again (well here's hoping anyway!). Recommended for the sick at heart and/or diehard collectors only.


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