Thursday, July 30, 2015

Helga: She Wolf of Spilberg (1977)

How bad is it? It aspires to be confused with trash - and fails.
Should you see it? No.

I admitted in one of my first reviews that I liked Ilsa, She-Wolf of the S.S. (but none of its sequels); this film wants to be confused with it (as did Elsa - Fraulein S.S., also in 1977), but it's much like every other women-in-a-nazi-prison-camp film, with the typical nudity and sadism. This one is quite tame, especially for an Italian film of the era, but the women tend to be more attractive than usual. The film is very repetitive and the requisite escape/revenge finale seems cold. I deleted six posts of other similar films, but this one gets points for its title; oddly, the film eschews all Nazi regalia and seems to be in a banana republic in the 1970's in the Balkans (which is as realistic as anything else in this film).

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