You’ve really got to admire Arrow Films and the way they package up their releases in such an appealing way for genre fans and collectors. Super Bitch (as it is known here in the UK but comes with a long list of alternative titles depending on where you are) is a sleazy 1973 Italian crime caper directed by Massimo Dallamano, who had a hand in making a couple of Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns, and stars our very own Stephanie Beacham (Dracula AD 1972/Dynasty), veteran actress Patricia Hayes (A Fish Called Wanda) and Ivan Rassimov (Eaten Alive).
Rassimov plays Inspector Cliff, an undercover cop who is trying to expose a London-based escort agency that films their wealthy clients in compromising positions and then blackmails them into trafficking drugs via art auctions. Along the way he gets involved with the agency’s leading lady Joanne (Beacham) and gets in the middle of a spat between the agency and a rival Turkish drug-smuggling outfit – led by the hard-as-nails Mama (Hayes) – and all sorts of hilarity ensues as Cliff blurs the line between cop and villain and takes full advantage of the position he’s in until it all starts to hit the fan.
To be honest, the plot of Super Bitch is totally ridiculous and confusing but it really doesn’t matter as it is also a complete hoot. All the main characters weave from one situation to the next and you’re never quite sure who is on whose side, who is supposed to be sleeping with who or what each character knows about any of the others motives, but when it’s all laced with well-executed car chases, a sense of brutality that films of this era managed to pull off so well and a naked Stephanie Beacham on all fours imitating a rabbit then suspension of disbelief is the only way to go.
Coming complete with a handful of extras including Bullets, Babes & Blood: The High Octane Action of the Italian Police Film, a featurette during which directors Sergio Martino (Mountain of the Cannibal God) and Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust) wax lyrical about the sex and violence used in Italian films, and a tribute to the late Ivan Rassimov from Ruggero Deodato, as well as the usual collector’s booklet and exclusive artworks that Arrow so lovingly put together, Super Bitch is tremendous fun and a worthy addition to your collection if you’re into those types of films and it does has the added bonus of a wickedly funky score – check it out below. If, however, you’re not into softcore trash then it probably won’t be the one to change your mind, but it will look pretty cool on your shelf.