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The Beast in Heat (1977)

La bestia in calore (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, War | 19 July 1977 (Italy)
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A beautiful, nefarious senior female SS officer/doctor creates a genetic, mutant human Beast. The Beast is a rapacious, squat, mongoloid sex fiend which she uses to torture and molest female prisoners while the Nazis watch.


Luigi Batzella (as Ivan Kathansky)


Lorenzo Artale (dialogue), Luigi Batzella (as Ivan Kathansky)



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Cast overview:
Macha Magall ... Dr. Ellen Kratsch
Gino Turini Gino Turini ... Drago (as John Brawn)
Edilio Kim Edilio Kim ... Capt. Hardinghauser (as Kim Gatti)
Xiro Papas Xiro Papas ... Lupo (as Xiros Papas)
Salvatore Baccaro ... The Beast (as Sal Boris)


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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Release Date:

19 July 1977 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

S.S. Experiment Camp 2 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Eterna Film, Sonora Films See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


(at around 25 mins) 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 »


Drago: Even Mussolini was considered by the Church to be a man sent by Providence. Do you remember?
Don Lorenzo: [angrily] What has the Church to do with God?
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Alternate Versions

The banned UK video by 'JVI', under the title 'The Beast In Heat' is uncut See more »

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Morally sound, pacifist, religious allegory.
15 August 2011 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Luckily by the time I put this film on I'd drank about six cans of Stella, which meant that when the shaky video to DVD transfer came on screen my brain was perfectly tuned to the trembling, wavery image that greeted me.

The Beast in Heat is a sleazy video nasty of the Nazi-sploitation type, which means lesbian action, pubic hair, rape, torture and all sorts of crap, poorly executed so much that it begins after a while (and several cans of Stella) to look like an episode of You've Been Framed.

The story? I can't really remember, but I'll describe the first scene. Some Nazi chick (I first thought her name was Dr Crash, then Dr Crap, but on the back of the DVD box it says that her name is Krast) throws a local Italian woman to some freaky pig-like creature, who begins to rape her. We get loads of close ups of his buttocks gyrating about two feet away from her body. And she has her legs closed. Dr Crap asks a German soldier if he's excited, to which he replies yes, and gets a slap for his trouble. Then Dr Crap asks this German chick if she's excited, and the chick says she's excited for the progress of the experiment, and she gets a kiss. Meanwhile, the Italian chick dies because she's begun to realise how this film will turn out.

This is classic exploitation stuff, and I mean classic in the sense that it follows the usual pattern these films do - you get some sleaze and violence at the start, then some boring bits, then more sleaze, then more boring bits, then the end of the film. In this film some partisans are brought in to pad out the story, along with a bumbling German officer. Not much of this is of any interest to anyone. In fact it seemed to me that my Stella-addled brain was switching off each time these guys were featured in a scene.

What I gathered was that one of the hookers who has really badly-staged sex with the German officer is a spy, and lets on to the partisans that there's some bad doings going down over in Nazi town, which involves all those Italian partisan chicks that keep disappearing. Things like being eaten by rats, tortured by Dr Cramps (did she have to do that topless?), and best (worst?) of all, having their fake pubes ripped off by the beast and eaten. Later I was lucky enough to wake up in time to see Dr Craptastic getting thrown to beast, and get her comeuppance before one of the crew got fed up making the film and machine gunned everyone on set, or something.

Crap acting, crap direction, crap transfer. Another video nasty that doesn't live up to it's name, and basically all it boils down to is another Italian hack aiming purely to make cash through some crap genre or other. I had a hangover the next day...or was it this film? I recommend that this film be played at every Church in Britain instead of mass. Every Sunday.

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