Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 26th, 2006
Theatrical Release Dates: Italy, 1977
Director: Sergio Garrone
Cast: Nincenzo Amici, Paola Corazzi, Paola D’Egidio, Attilio Dottesio, Serafino Profumo, Rita Manna, Giorgio Cerion
DVD released: December 20th, 2005
Approximate running time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Media Blasters/Exploitation Digital
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: Nazi’s experiment on young women in hopes of furthering science and saving lives of soldiers wounded on the battle field. The more attractive women are given the job of servicing the soldiers at the prison camp. Just when all hope of escaping or survival has faded away news gets out that the Russians are on their way. The Nazi’s are ordered to evacuate and destroy all evidence and kill all the prisoners. The prisoners have other plans and they are not willing to give up so easily without a fight.
SS Camp Women’s Hell was directed by Sergio Garrone who’s other foray into the decadent world of Nazi exploitation was the delirious trashy SS Experiment Love Camp. Both films where shot back to back over a seven week period with the same sets and most of the actors used in both films. The plot for SS Camp Women’s Hell is almost the same plot used for SS Experiment Love Camp with a few minor changes made to switch things up. Despite these minors differences the end result is two films that travel similar paths.
Once again it is Sergio Garrone’s direction that stands out and elevates what could have been nothing more then an average exploitation film. The use of stills and actually footage from concentration camps also adds an edge to this film that its predecessor lacked. This time around the Nazi seemed too obsessed with finding a way to cure soldiers who have been burned by fire. One would hope that they could have had better results then they had since they had over one thousand guinea pigs die trying to find a cure.
This film like SS Experiment also features a forbidden love affair this time it is between Colonel Strasser and a black Jamaican girl who he has become infatuated with to the point he soon finds himself not on the same page with his Nazi comrades’. The score for this film perfectly captures the mood of this film. The torture scenes are all brutally executed and some of them pushed the boundaries of good taste. The dialog is once again a source for unintentional humor and the acting borders on it’s so bad its good territory. The one minor complaint about this film is that one gets the feeling of déjà vu because of its vast similarities with Sergio Garrone’s SS Experiment Love Camp.
SS Camp Women’s Hell is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Colors look vivid and flesh tones look natural. Black levels look strong and details remain sharp and stable through out. There are no problems with compression or artifacts and the source material used for this release is in exceptional shape.
This release comes with one audio option an English language track which is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Dialog is clear and easy to follow. Music and effects sound evenly balanced. There are no problems with distortion or any other major sound defects. Overall this audio mix far exceeded all my expectations considering its mono limitations.
Extras for this release include SS Camp Women’s Hell, SS Girl’s, Elsa Fraulein SS and SS Hell Camp. Also included with this release is a brief photo gallery. The main extra for this release is a fifteen minute interview with director Sergio Garrone who discusses Salon Kitty, Salo, Night Porter, shooting SS Camp Women’s Hell and SS Experiment Love Camp and the decline of the Italian film industry.
This release like the previous their Nazi exploitation releases comes with exceptional cover art. Sergio Garrone’s SS Camp Women’s Hell is a sleazy epic which contains various acts of sadistic torture and copious amounts of flesh on parade. Exploitation Digital has put together another first rate release that comes with a solid audio/video presentation and a few interesting extras.