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December 23, 2011

Slash-Mess Day 2: Love Camp 7 (1969)


In the wild, wild world of WIP/Naziploitation films the first casualty is the audience's patience for lousy scripts.

One of what U.K. government film censors declared bad enough to labeled as a "Video Nasty", making it banned in Britain in the 1980's, was also considered so bad that in 2002 the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) refused to even rate it for a DVD re-release! All of this aside, the flick is widely regarded one as the first of the sub-genres of women-in-prison (WIP) and nazisploitation movies. It was directed by the late, great Lee Frost (writer of the Thing With Two Heads, director of Black Gestapo) and written by Wes Bishop (co-star of Chain Gang Women).

The movie is a cult classic and represents the beginning of a series of exploitation films about women in prison in the 1970's, such as Women in Cages (1971) and The Big Bird Cage (1972), both of which made Pam Grier's career in the genre. It is also the first in the Nazi exploitation (or Nazisploitation) genre of concentration camp movies, that includes Canadian Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS (1974) which was produced by David F. Friedman (Something Weird Video co-founder) and led to several sequels with Dyanne Thorne as the titular character, the Italian Nazi Love Camp 27 (1977) and Last Orgy of the Third Reich (1977).

References:
IMDB, Love Camp 7 (1969)
Wikipedia, Love Camp 7
Stomp Tokyo, Love Camp 7 (1969)
Dead Duck, Lee Frost's Love Camp
Score Film, Love Camp




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