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