Finally; a film that combines my two passions: romantic comedies and summer camp set romps. Part seven eh? Oh well; I can probably catch up with the finer nuances rather easy. Let’s just gather the family around, pop this in the ol’ player, press start…what in the unholy hell is that Swastika doing there…oh…oh no…fuuuuuuuuuuu…
So Lee Frost’s Love Camp 7 is neither romantic, nor funny (okay, I may be lying a bit there)…but what it does have is a nice thick veneer of something I always dig on: sleaze. LC7 (as the cool ghouls call it) tells the feel good tale of two female American military officers that make the absurdly asinine decision to volunteer (while looking outrageously bored for a sizeable portion of the run-time) to enter a Nazi camp as undercover prisoners and grab a bit of intel and perhaps rescue a fellow inmate (who has important info regarding jet fuel). What could possibly go wrong? Well for starters they are sprayed down by a common garden hose that, according to the acting, has the water pressure of a raging river (the dramatic music really sells it). Next up is the medical exam; all implied action, spread thighs, brassy horns and kettle drums…oh, and a (very light) riding crop beating. Also included are those hoary ol’ chestnuts of both the “women in prison” and “Naziploitation” genres (yup, this flick is a real coffee achiever when it comes to exploitation sub-genres); torture (though of the light and cartoony nature), and rape (here too things are exaggerated and ridiculous…and yes, I know how off-putting that may be to some, but trust me, it’s foolishness of the highest order). It also features an Asian woman named ‘Helga’…the hell??!!
While Love Camp 7 is in no doubt in poor taste (as all good exploitation absolutely should be), it’s also watchable, bursting with nudity, and entertaining. This is due in no small part to the outrageousness of the situations, the over-the-top faux-German accents, and the actors who, at times, look like they are one p.h. away from breaking down in laughter. Plus this flick paved the way for films such as Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS, Last Orgy of the Third Reich (both of which are much more extreme than anything you will find in LC7), as well as prison flicks like Women in Cages and The Big Bird Cage. Let’s not forget the 4k transfer on this is rather wonderful so you won’t miss a single nipple, Stahlhelm, or lecherous glance!
As for the bonus material; first of all, the feature itself is presented with a 4K restoration from a recently discovered camera negative and it looks gorgeous with its lurid color practically jumping off the screen to bludgeon your eyeballs under it’s pristine jackbooted feet. Next up you get the theatrical trailer and a poster and still gallery. Finally, there is an eighty-minute clips collection titled Nazithon: Decadence and Destruction, that really illustrates the Grade A depravity this sub-genre was capable of!
All in all; if you dig on the smarmiest crap imaginable (and aren’t easily offended), then, my fiend, Love Camp 7 is the picture to come a goose-steppin’ into your heart!