Thursday, March 2, 2017
Blu-ray Review: LOVE CAMP 7 (1969)
LOVE CAMP 7
Directed by Lee Frost
Distributed by Blue Underground & CAV Distributing
I have seen a lot of sexploitation and more notably, Nazisploitation films in my movie reviewing career, but somehow had never seen this 1969 gem, which actually ushered in the wave of Nazisploitation films of the 1970's. While later films of this genre might have improved upon this one, you can't deny the impact this film had on an entire decade of film. Here is the basic plot from the CAV website:
The story of LOVE CAMP 7 is based on fact! During the darkest days of World War II, two young American WAC officers volunteer to infiltrate a Nazi Love Camp on a desperate rescue mission. Once inside, they are subjected to horrifying humiliations at the hands of their captors. Can they survive long enough to complete their objective and escape with their lives intact?
Launching the Nazisploitation craze of the 1970s, LOVE CAMP 7 was the dream child of Writer/Producer/Star Bob Cresse (THE SCAVENGERS), Producer Dave Friedman (BLOOD FEAST), and Director/Cinematographer Lee Frost (THE BLACK GESTAPO). Blue Underground presents the original version of LOVE CAMP 7 in a brand-new 4K restoration from its recently discovered camera negative!
This film will probably seem pretty tame by today's standards, and probably even by standards set by later films of the 1970's in this same genre of film. I can imagine though at the time of it's release back in 1969, this was probably horribly upsetting and shocking to audiences. There are still some shocking parts to the film, but overall it is one of the tamer exploitation films I have seen.
While not horror by any means, the film does have a crazy scene at the end where the women get their revenge on the Nazi officers. I don't want to give too much away, but lets just say one of the greatest kills comes from the use of a wine bottle opener!
While these films were used mainly as an excuse for showing lots of female flesh, I never really understood how or why these types of movies were so popular. As much as I enjoy seeing these beautiful women, I don't enjoy the story line and plot aspect of them being treated as love slaves for the Nazi officers. I guess that was part of the point of these films, to make you uncomfortable. It also serves to make the ending more enjoyable when you see the women get their revenge.
The film is well made and well paced, with hardly ever a dull moment. The new transfer from Blue Underground is excellent, with a very crisp and clear picture. It looks amazing for a film that is 48 years old!
LOVE CAMP 7 is available now on a 2-disc limited edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Blue Underground and CAV and contains the following special features:
• NAZITHON: DECADENCE AND DESTRUCTION
• Theatrical Trailer
• Poster & Still Gallery
• BONUS Collectable Booklet featuring The History of Nazi-Exploitation by Paolo Zelati
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack