Blu-ray Review: THE BEAST IN HEAT

THE BEAST IN HEAT (aka La Bestia in calore) was written, edited and directed by Luigi Batzella and starsMacha Magall, Gino Turini, Xiro Papas and Salvatore Baccaro.

More than four decades after the subgenre first shocked the world, the most depraved Nazisploitation sickie of them all must still be seen to be believed: Writer/director Luigi Batzella (THE DEVIL’S WEDDING NIGHT, NUDE FOR SATAN) combines footage from two earlier WWII action movies with a newly-shot plot featuring a sadistic female Nazi officer (Macha Magall of Bruno Mattei’s SS GIRLS), a perpetually aroused caged ogre (Salvatore Baccaro aka ‘Boris Lugosi’ of FRANKENSTEIN’S CASTLE OF FREAKS).

This Video Nasty from 1977 takes place during the final days of the SS. The story centers around Dr. Ellen Kratsch (Macha Magall) who’s still conducting experiments on humans with the ultimate goal of creating a master race. She throws her failed test subjects in the cage with her mutated pet, a deformed looking Neanderthal Nazi slave (Salvatore Baccaro) that brutally attacks and rapes the women that enter his domain.

There’s also a group of rebels that’s fighting back against these evil Nazis by blowing up their means of transporation (bridges, etc.) and quieting sneaking out the innocent people that had been captured. This small group of rebels not only comes up with a way to defeat their enemy but Dr. Ellen Kratsch ends up getting a heavy dose of karma because she gets thrown in the cage with The Beast in Heat.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. This Severin release comes in a black keepcase which helps it stand out from the others. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The Best in Heat was scanned from 35mm neagtive elements. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were really good. I noticed some grain and a few lines in a couple of scenes but that’s it. I didn’t really have any major issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Beast in Heat ended up being the most offensive and disgusting slice of Video Nastiness that I’ve ever witnessed. Last month I reviewed a movie for Severin called Saint Bernard that I described as bizarre in a good way but this one here is bizarre in a really bad way so needless to say it’s not going to be for everyone. The plot is simple because it’s the story of good versus evil (rebels taking on Nazis) but it has a shock factor added in that’ll just about make your stomach turn at times. With that said, there’s definitely an entertaining aspect of the movie but I don’t know if it’s following the characters and what they’re all going through or the mystery of what’s coming next – especially in the cage. Also, if you’ve been desperately seeking some 70’s full frontal fiestas then you’ve come to the right place because this movie is packed full of hairy action. There’s even the caveman looking Neanderthal Nazi in a cage that’s worth the price of admission alone. Take a shower! Forget about the acting, action and suspense because this grindhouse Naziploitation madness is driven by its shock factor alone and nothing else. The Beast in Heat is now available on Blu-ray.

Distributor: Severin Films

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Dub

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include a feature length documentary, new interviews and the French theatrical trailer.

  • Fascism On A Thread – The Strange Story of Nazisploitation Cinema: A new feature length documentary featuring interviews with Dyanne ‘Ilsa’ Thorne, Malissa ‘Elsa’ Longo, Filmmakers Sergio Garrone, Mariano Caiano, Rino Di Silvestro, Liliana Cavani, Bruno Mattei and many more. (91:29)
  • Nazi Nasty: Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of MURDEROUS PASSIONS (30:18)
  • Trailer (03:28)
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