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Strip Nude for Your Killer
An obscure, exceedingly trashy, and entirely watchable '70s Italian "Giallo," Strip Nude for Your Killer delivers exactly what the title implies; generous doses of sex, utterly gratuitous nudity, and abundant scenes of explicit violence. If that's your thing, grab some popcorn; you're in for a treat! The story involves a hedonistic cast of characters linked to a modeling agency that are being violently killed off one by one. If it was ever in question, don't worry, most everyone will get the chance to disrobe (some more than once) and offer up an important clue before being knocked off. Of course all of the standard questions are raised. Who is the mysterious killer? What's the horrifying secret behind the sadistic rampage of death? Who will live to find out?
All of the essential "Giallo" trademarks are in place; The faceless leather-gloved killer, mysterious phone calls with cryptic muffled warnings, the screeching black car appearing out of nowhere (run for your life!), numerous red herrings, sexy and scantily clad (if clad at all) victims, gruesome elaborate murder sequences, and of course the requisite "surprise" ending in which "all " is neatly explained. Unfortunately what the film lacks is any likeable characters or any trace of suspense, and the story's premise has been used before in a much better offering, Massimo Dallamano's What Have You Done to Solange? Still, there are some good scares, brisk pacing, nice camerawork, and an atmospheric jazzy score by Berto Persano. Strip Nude for Your Killer may not qualify as one of Italy's greatest cinematic achievements, but like Tiramisu, this is certainly grade-A fluff. --Matt Wold
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A welcome addition to my classic horror/exploitation cinema shelf.
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The 5 star attraction of this film is the woman that's been called "the perfect form for a female, the two most luscious breasts in the world." Edwige Fenech of the TEACHER movies may not be in the great dramatic shows but she does "appear" in
movies that are enjoyable unless you're prudish or too serious. The word that applies here is proportionate. Her acting is not too top-heavy & not too bottom-heavy. Her shows are not tightly written yet Europe recognized her proportions early & she appeared often.
You should buy this to see another Edwige Fenech movie. If you want a slasher movie see Halloween or Saw. 5 stars for the perfect form for a female.
Employees of a modeling agency begin turning up dead, all victims of a leather-clad motorcycle-helmeted killer. In between, models Edwige Fenech, Femi Benussi and Solvi Stubing, along with photographer Nino Castelnuovo enjoy cavorting around in front of, behind, below and underneath the camera - until, that is, the killings get too close and people begin to wonder who's next.
There is an interesting interview included in this Blue Underground edition with co-writer Massimo Felisatti who talks about the film and the director, Bianchi. While he never comes out and says it plainly, it seemed that Mr. Felisatti thought that Bianchi had gone too far in this film. While I think that that was probably true at the time the film was released, other than the opening scene, I doubt there's anything here too troubling now - unless gratuitous full-frontal nudity and violent murder scenes are a problem for anyone. If they are, I'd wonder why they were watching 'Strip Nude for your Killer' in the first place.
Unfortunately, despite his effort to shoehorn in as much sex and violence into the film as possible, director Bianchi misses the mark here somehow. In fact, detouring away from the storyline in order to showcase Femi Benussi and Edwige Fenech only let the air out of any building tension. It also made it difficult to follow some of the finer elements of the plot, though the resolution still didn't seem terribly surprising when it came. Even though it's always a pleasure to watch Ms. Fenech and Ms. Benussi, as a complete film, it doesn't rise above mediocre - which is a shame for such an attention getting title. As an example of Giallo, it probably checks all the right boxes, but it seems as though there must be better yardsticks out there for the genre. On the other hand, those looking simply for some unadulterated trashy fun from 1970's Italy are certainly in luck. Three stars