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Evil female Nazi scientist Doctor Kratsch (Macha Magall) relishes in
torturing prisoners in her neat little camp, & she also has created a
monster she keeps in a cage that regularly rapes & kills women she feeds to
him ... & if you are now thinking, "I know, she will get raped &
killed by her own monster in the end", you couldn't be more wrong ... no,
wait a minute, you're absolutely right.
But of course, besides that, there is
a bit of story, too, not much, but I'll tell it anyways.
There's a group of
partisans fighting the Germans & love to blow up bridges (what else is
there to do as a partisan?), & everybody in the village near Kratsch's camp
knows that, so Captain Hildebrand tries to match Kratsch in terms of atrocity
& has all the partisans' wives, mothers & children arrested &/or
shot ... but to little avail, as nobody wants to squeal ... so Kratsch decides
to take things into her own hands & torture the few male prisoners with
sex & violence (yes, she bares her breasts before her naked prisoners, but
castrates those who visibly seem to like it). In the end, she really learns the
hide-out of the partisans, but it already seems too late, since on one hand
they have armed themselves & were warned to expect their Nazi opponents, on
the other hand the Allied Forces start their bombardment of Kratsch's camp
& everything around it.
Ah yeah, & before I forget to mention it,
Doctor Kratsch is - surprisingly - raped & killed by the monster she has
created to rape & kill women ...
Made up on the spot, crudely
staged & overall ridiculous atrocities, attributed to the Nazis - as if,
considering the real Nazi atrocities, they needed any to be made up &
attributed to them -, as was fashionable back then, when a host of
Nazi-atrocities-movies all of a sudden showed up in the 1976/77 season, mostly
produced in Italy & following the success of the (rather lame) Ilsa,
She Wolf of the SS (1974), a subgenre that would disappear though
almost as quickly as it emerged. The genre was of course popular with
(gore-)filmmakers because, as long as everything was attriuted to the Nazis,
they could push the boundaries of on-screen violence, at the same time though,
the gore effects were mostly of very poor quality so these filme´s never fully
escaped the ridiculous. SS Hell Camp is of course no exception, sporting
a plot that is a poorly disguised coathanger for showing torture & nudity
(of both sexes), & that features badly inserted footage from another
film (Quando Suona la Campana/When the Bell Tolls), to boost up
production values. As a pure trash movie though this film is a little too dull,
never really focussing on either the torture camp, the partisans, the
mistreated villagers or the approaching Allied Forces, instead losing itself in
made up & quickly abandoned subplots ... & evil Doctor Kratsch's demise
is (as mentioned above) given away in the first scene.
By the way, many
sources (though not the film's credits) claim that Brad Harris stars in this
film, but his scenes - as a priest no less - are entirely lifted from When the Bell Tolls.