Love Camp 7 (1969)
By: Devon B. on January 10, 2006  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Siren Visual Entertainment (Australia). All Regions, PAL. 4:3. English DD 2.0. 95 minutes
The Movie
Director: Lee Frost
Starring:Robert W. Cresse, Maria Lease, Kathy Williams, Bruce Kemp, John Alderman
Screenplay: Wes Bishop, Bob Cresse
Country: USA
Back when I was reviewing film for Stigmata Press, under my desk there was generally a little bag. Its contents changed periodically, but it always contained the same thing: Films I must review. Some movies stayed in there longer than others as I tried to avoid their putridness, but one film was the undisputed champion of remaining in that bag. Love Camp 7. I put this movie off for literally months, getting new batches of stuff to review and putting the fresh stuff in with the steadily dustier VHS tape. Then it happened. I had nothing else in the bag…there was no escape. I'm guessing my slow review was what lead Stigmata to realise I wasn't the one to help contribute to their porn fanzine, Filthy Habits, so my review was never used and I was never asked to review for Filthy Habits again. Here is my review, finally seeing the light of your computer screen!

Love Camp 7 is yet another charming Women in Prison movie. There's a bunch of young women held prisoners, a dyke authority figure, and some Nazis. The movie's not set in the usual death camp, it's a love camp. A whore house for the Nazi soldiers. These Nazis don't come off as mean as many of their cinematic brethren, due to not wanting to disfigure their captive concubines. That and some of the Nazis are actually sensitive guys just following orders.

The leading ladies are very flat…in a dialog delivery sense. Others around them are just bad, particularly when trying to do an accent, whether it be Texan, British, or German. The acting's bad. The sets are bad. The camera work is bad. Everything is bad, especially the script. It all ends with stock footage shot from a car in England (where the film's wrap around is supposedly set) and a final twist so painfully predictable that any audience members who didn't see it coming deserved to have sat through this utter badness.
Love Camp 7 is presented at 1.33:1. The video is blotchy, scratchy, speckly, and has lots o' grain. The stock footage of London is very discoloured. Video lines appear, which I guess occurred because Something Weird Video mastered this DVD from one of their videos? There is also stuff that looks like frozen grain that never movies and a clear blotch near the upper middle of the screen. It's almost like someone filmed the movie off a dirty screen. At one point, the print goes negative, turning the leading lady into something resembling Smurfette.
The sound is really low, dialog is often lost, and there are 's' hisses. The audio is pretty shit, but it's not like people watch movies like this to hear boobies.
Extra Features
No extras.
The Verdict
Don't get suckered in by the statement that this is a 'forerunner of…Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS, Love Camp 7 is just awful. Honestly, I can't believe I agreed to watch even a moment of this to update my review for the Australian DVD. Unless you've got to see EVERY W.I.P. movie, avoid…avoid…AVOID!
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