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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Transfers, Bizarre Schlock
These were some interesting flicks, sort of the ultimate women in prison movies. Obviously not for everyone, but fans of B Drive-in trash, Grind-house, and exploitation will enjoy having this in their collection, to my eyes the transfers/ prints are top notch, and I doubt much good schlock will make it to blu-ray and it will become a lot harder to find and more expensive...
Published on September 11, 2010 by Cass G

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2.0 out of 5 stars Lest we forget the horrors of Nazi Germa -- hey, nice rack!
Three tedious Nazisploitation efforts, each largely indistinguishable from the vast majority of pictures in this genre.

SS GIRLS (1977), a SALON KITTY knockoff from the feeble mind of Bruno Mattei, is set in a secluded mansion wherein a crazy and debauched Nazi commander (Gabriele Carrara) employs prostitutes--each highly trained in ballet, weightlifting,...
Published on December 9, 2008 by Brian T


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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lest we forget the horrors of Nazi Germa -- hey, nice rack!, December 9, 2008
This review is from: SS Hell Pack Triple Feature (DVD)
Three tedious Nazisploitation efforts, each largely indistinguishable from the vast majority of pictures in this genre.

SS GIRLS (1977), a SALON KITTY knockoff from the feeble mind of Bruno Mattei, is set in a secluded mansion wherein a crazy and debauched Nazi commander (Gabriele Carrara) employs prostitutes--each highly trained in ballet, weightlifting, fencing, gunplay and schtupping the spectrum of physically disgusting men--to lure unsuspecting Nazi traitors to their doom. The nudity quotient is high but the sex scenes, not unlike most of the male participants involved in them, are flabby, unrealistic and repetitive. And then there's some unpleasant business between a whore and a severely deformed man that, had this not been directed by one of the worst Italian directors of all time, would surely have engendered ill will. But with Mattei, it's tough not to have anything BUT ill will toward virtually everything he's ever done, so I suppose exploitation of the diseased should come as no surprise. The film is by design rather low on the torture and "cruelty" one associates with this genre, with even the mass suicide ending--which at last releases us from the company of these ridiculously smarmy actors--almost completely devoid of blood. In an interview included on the disc, Mattei reveals that he hates watching nearly all of his own films because he always sees many things he could have done better with more time and money. One would think that a director who worked extensively (and repeatedly) on low budgets and tight schedules would certainly not hurt for ingenuity, or style, as often as Mattei has, but such was not the case, if his long, depressing trail of visually ugly and sloppily plotted exploitationers is any indication.

Moving up a rung on the ladder of quality--arguably a lateral step, really, as the production value isn't much better--is Sergio Garrone's SS EXPERIMENT LOVE CAMP (1976), a once-notorious "video nasty" in England which features more full frontal nudity and butcher-meat-laced cruelty than the Mattei picture, though the romantic couplings are again rather uninvolving despite their showcasing far more attractive performers of both sexes. In this camp, ladies not chosen to improve the German race through ridiculous sex experiments are instead deemed fit for ridiculous medical experiments. (Garrone was known to do research for his films, so in all likelihood his onscreen experiments also happened in real life, and were equally as pointless) The film's key plot device--and arguably it's wildest asset--involves the camp commandant's desire for a new pair of testicles with which he can get a proper leg over for Der Fuhrer's greater glory, items duly (and seemingly unwittingly) removed from one of his officers. When good guy Helmut discovers he's a nut-free by-product of the Nazi machine just before mounting his love camp lovely, he races naked throughout the compound until he finds the duplicitous Colonel von Kleiben (Giorgio Cerioni, who looks very much like one of the puppets on Gerry Anderson's THUNDERBIRDS), furiously demanding to know "what have you been doing with my balls!?!" before inciting an all-out riot. Still, it's decidedly a case of parts surpassing the whole, as it tends to be with Nazi pictures that don't star Dyanne Thorne in a lead role.

The set concludes with Sergio Garrone's SS CAMP: WOMEN'S HELL, actually known as (and ID'd onscreen as) SS CAMP 5: WOMEN'S HELL. Exploitation Digital's sleeve for this dates it to 1977, though it's obvious Garrone shot it at the same time as SS EXPERIMENT LOVE CAMP using the same locations and most of the same cast in different roles. Garrone admits as much in the accompanying interview, and the comparatively stronger plotting, acting and action elements on offer suggest this was actually the first of the two pictures completed. Thanks to its meatier scenes of torture and medical experimentation, WOMEN'S HELL ventures closer to being a "video nasty" than LOVE CAMP, but then as now, it's tame stuff, notable mainly for introducing a Pam Grier blaxploitation vibe in the form of Rita Manna as the cunning Jamaican whore Alina, who takes advantage of besotted camp commandant Col. Strasser (Giorgio Cerioni, again sporting a THUNDERBIRDS coiffure and the plastic complexion to match) to plot the bullet-riddled liberation of her fellow prostitutes. Again, Garrone's superficial research informs the film's scenes of cruelty and degradation--including a cheap-but-effective optical that allows dead bodies to jerk and twitch in the camp's ovens (a trick used several times in LOVE CAMP as well)--but the vintage newsreel footage of actual Jews being stripped of their belongings and their lives sits uncomfortably amidst all the gratuitous boobs and beaver on display. But this was Italy in the 70's: "anything goes" was the cinematic order of the day, but cheap moralizing in a film such as this is offensive.

Thankfully, this thematically-challenged genre wasted away on the merits of films such as those included in this set. They're worth watching if you're new to the genre and want to see three average examples at a budget price rather than getting burned on the individual releases (which each cost nearly as much as this triple feature), but there are better examples out there, most notably ILSA: SHE WOLF OF THE SS. Extras on each disc include an interview with the respective director (running 10-15 minutes), meager still galleries, and selections of trailers, including some for other Nazisploitation titles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars dark and twisted Naziplotation flicks featuring a multitude of atrocities..., August 10, 2012
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This collection includes three Italian productions from the late 1970's that fall into the infamous Naziplotation genre, and feature gratuitous sexual encounters, misogyny, brutality, rape, torture, and barbaric experimentation in the name of "science". If those subjects are at all upsetting to you, these are probably not the kind of films you want to see.

None of these films is uplifting, but the rather pretentious SS Girls (1977), which focusing mostly on sex, is probably the least intense. More straightforward and brutal, SS Experiment Love Camp (1976), and the sequel SS Camp: Women's Hell(1977), are each set in a prison camp, and while also featuring nudity and sex, also include graphic instances of torture, murder, brutality, and other atrocities. Sergio Garrone, the director of these two films, maintains that bringing the atrocities of the Nazis to light, was an important reason for making these films. Although there might be some truth to that, the presentation of many of these outrageous acts, is almost always gratuitous and exploitive.

The violence is almost exclusively directed at women. For the SS Camp films, among the more intense incidents are women being burned alive in a crematory oven, and a woman who has been raped and then shot, being tied to a stake and hung naked upside down, and left to die. Toss in fingernails being pulled off, electric shock treatments, flesh set on fire, a tongue extraction, a shredded belly, and emersion in a tank of water that is either excessively hot or cold, and you have some idea of the kind of atrocities to be found in these films.

Despite any assertions regarding historical significance, these films are mostly about the exploitation and abuse of women, for various unsavory reasons. Some may find these films sick, disturbing, and without any redeeming value, but for those interested in some mean-spirited Nazi sleaze, this set gets high marks. Garrone's SS camp films in particular, deliver heavy doses of violence and stomach turning torture.

The acting doesn't have a lot of depth, and some of the characters, particularly the Germans, are rather clichéd. Faced with cruelty and horror, the victimized women are mostly sympathetic, and in one instance, even manage to fight back against their captors, but expect no happy endings here.

This set, and its companion SS Hell Pack II, have both skyrocketed in price since going out of print, so unless you're a huge fan of Naziplotation, you might want to wait for a price break, or perhaps a reissue by Media Blasters, before shelling out some big bucks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Sleaze For Less, July 12, 2013
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Bottom line, the SS HELL PACK TRIPLE FEATURE contains Nazisploitation sleaze, and that's about it. If you're looking for some kind of artistic or socially redeeming qualities in this set, you're probably not familiar with the sub-genre. The formula is simple: torture, rape, degradation, experimentation and (generally) some form of payback. These types of films are usually a combination of WWII, W.I.P and Rape/Revenge cinema. Throw in a little soft or hardcore sex and you've got a pretty darn good picture of Nazisploitation.

Is this set worth getting? If you're an exploitation fan, you're familiar with Nazisploitation, and you're looking to add to your collection, I'd highly recommend this set. I purchased both triple feature releases and I love them. My "favorite" from this set is SS CAMP WOMEN'S HELL. Sleaze gold.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Transfers, Bizarre Schlock, September 11, 2010
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These were some interesting flicks, sort of the ultimate women in prison movies. Obviously not for everyone, but fans of B Drive-in trash, Grind-house, and exploitation will enjoy having this in their collection, to my eyes the transfers/ prints are top notch, and I doubt much good schlock will make it to blu-ray and it will become a lot harder to find and more expensive with rarity in the coming years. I enjoyed all three movies, and think its a great set as a whole, not just one good and two throw aways as another reviewer said, as a matter of fact Women's Hell was my favorite of the three. All three films have plenty of cliche and nudity, and are more unintentionally funny than they are dramatic or scary, again, not for everyone, but if you know what your getting it is a great set. It is also defiantly worth noting, that this and the other Shriek Show collections give you all three movies in original individual packaging, the same as what you would get buying the movies individually, not 3 movies packed on one disk as other companies do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Geans SS, June 14, 2014
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Ok for the adults garter belts stockings And Germans o I forgot guns it's funny and good midnight matinee for you
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars movies, November 9, 2013
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This is good because it comes in a pack so there is more than one movie to have a b time with.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, November 26, 2012
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for fans of smut exploitation gore nazis sex violence distasteful cinema national socialism euro trash these flicks are heinous kill!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, October 8, 2014
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars B-movie mayhem, March 19, 2009
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This collection is the ultimate for the genre of WW2 Nazi sexual escapades in a prison camp. The stories are as expected, very linear and no surprises, you see a lot of naked prisoners being beaten etc. The quality of the video and audio is somewhat lacking but that is probably because of the original material.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sadistic, July 4, 2012
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If U are a heavy sadistic person as i am, DON'T even brouther buying this.The cover is not what the movie is.U can find heavier snuff on line.
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