The Beast in Heat (1977)

Genres - Horror, War  |   Sub-Genres - Sadistic Horror, Sex Horror  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Italian filmmaker Luigi Batzella (best known as "Paolo Solvay" but working here as "Ivan Katansky") directed this appalling follow-up to his tedious 1976 Nazi sex/horror foray Kaput Lager: Gli Ultimi Giorni delle S.S. using the same patchwork method of grafting footage from his own early war films to newly shot scenes of torture and depravity. The results this time, however, rank this film among the sickest of an already sick genre. Macha Magall stars as a sadistic Nazi doctor who creates a caveman-like monster (comedian Salvatore Baccaro from El Castello dell'Orrore) to rape women. Scenes of Baccaro ripping out women's pubic hair and stuffing it in his mouth, obviously fake rats (guinea pigs?) eating people, and electrical shocks applied to women's privates alternate with tedious claptrap about the resistance movement to stultifying, nauseating, and often unintentionally comical effect. Brad Harris co-stars with Xiro Papas, Alfredo Rizzo, and Antefatto's Brigitte Skay. Cut versions range from 75-85 minutes.

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cannibal, doctor, half-human, mutant, Nazi, POW (Prisoner of War), rape, sadist, torture