GenreDrama, Thriller, War Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateOctober 4, 1969 (1969-10-04) (Japan) WriterBob Cresse (original story) CastBob Cresse (Commandant), Maria Lease (Lt. Linda Harman), Kathy Williams (Lt. Grace Freeman), John Alderman (Capt. Robert Calais), Bruce Kimball (Sgt. Klaus Müller), David F. Friedman (Col. Max Kemp) ProducersBob Cresse, David F. Friedman Similar moviesA Serbian Film, Zandalee, Trauma, Mezzo Forte, Irreversible, Halloween
TaglineA Place of Total Despair. All the youthful beauty of Europe enslaved for the pleasure of the 3rd Reich.
Love Camp 7 is a 1969 U.S. women-in-prison Nazi exploitation B-movie directed by Lee Frost and written by Wes Bishop and Bob Cresse, the latter of whom also portrays a sadistic camp commandant.
The movie follows two female American officers (played by Maria Lease and Kathy Williams) who volunteer to enter a Nazi camp undercover to gain information from, and possibly rescue, an inmate. The camp's female inmates serve as prostitutes for German officers and are subjected to humiliating treatment, torture, and rape. When the two female agents learn that their target is being held in solitary detention, one of them arranges to be punished so that she can make contact. This leads to Lt. Harman (Lease) being stripped and strung up by her wrists. The target uses her body to free Harman and they attempt their escape. The escape plan ends in a climactic battle. The movie shows female full frontal nudity for a majority of the film.
The movie is seen as a cult classic because it represents the beginning of a fashion for exploitation films about women in prison in the 1970s, such as Women in Cages (1971) and The Big Bird Cage (1972), both of which made Pam Grier a recognizable name in the genre. It is also the first in the Nazi exploitation (or Nazisploitation) genre of concentration camp movies, including Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS (1974)–which was produced by David F. Friedman and led to several sequels with Dyanne Thorne as the titular character–and the Italian Nazi Love Camp 27 (1977) and Last Orgy of the Third Reich (1977), the latter of which helped launch Daniela Poggi's showbusiness career.
It was declined a video certificate by the British Board of Film Classification in 2002 and by the New Zealand Office of Film & Literature Classification. It was originally banned in Australia, before passing several times in a modified version with an R18+ rating. It was finally passed uncut in 2005.