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Nude for Satan (Nuda per Satana) (1974) (Widescreen) (Dubbed)
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A previously lost sleaze masterpiece, chock-a-block with lesbianism, whippings, black magic and dubious dubbing. This is Italian gothic with huge dollops of seventies style. A man who seeks help for an injured woman at a gothic castle finds it inhabited with his and her "darker" halves.
Two strangers who wreck their cars on a rural highway during a storm take refuge in a mansion. A doctor (James Harris), who has left an unconscious woman, Susan (the striking Rita Calderoni), in his car walks in to discover depravities behind every door when Susan suddenly appears, dressed in a flowing gown and acting as if they were old friends. The next morning, Susan wakes up in his car and enters the mansion to find a leering aristocrat, his snaggle-toothed servant, and the doctor dressed as a count and acting like a decadent dilettante. It's as if the two exist in parallel universes, confronted with ghost versions of one another in a portal to the past controlled by a devilish hedonist. Director Luigi Batzella deftly combines the weirdly stylized horror and out-and-out exploitation (scenes of bondage, torture, unmotivated sex, and an orgy are sprinkled throughout) for a film dripping in eerie mood and nightmare imagery. The doppleganger story of split psyches doesn't always make sense, and a few clumsily executed scenes are laughably silly (a hoary papier mâché and pipe-cleaner spider is the worst offender), but the handsome production is unexpectedly compelling and unsettling.
The DVD offers both original Italian and dubbed English soundtracks, with optional subtitles. --Sean Axmaker
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On his way to a house call, racing down the highway in his VW bug, Doctor William Benson nearly has an accident as he sees the woman in white standing in the middle of the road. As he is recovering from his near miss, he hears a crash behind him. He finds a Mini with the woman inside injured, presumably for the same reason as he. He puts Susan in his car and goes for help. Note: how did he know her name later? He didn't go through her purse or anything that I could see.
He finds a castle and enters. The place is a deserted and decrepit place. He sees a painting of a woman, then finds that woman rushing to greet him. To his surprise, it's none other than the woman he rescued, except she calls him Peter. She's also more carefree and happy, and she ends up seducing him. She also spouts some puzzling words on memory and time: "What is memory but a fraction of time wrapped in the parentheses of the past?" Wow, sounds like dialogue from Dr. Who, Colin Baker era. And also, "The past is not in time anymore, and time is silence. There is no space here for memories--it's always now."
Meanwhile, Susan, apparently recovered, goes to the castle, where she is invited in by a mysterious man in black. He welcomes her in but there's a sinister air about him, as he momentarily undresses her with a glance of his eyes. A hallucination or no? She sees a painting of a man who looks like William, except he's dressed in 19th century clothes. She runs into him, and he not only calls her Evelyn, but acts like a buffoon.Read more ›
Surreal, creepy, the lovely Rita Calderoni, in her most nude role, and all the campy goth and eerie locations and characters that a classic 70's sexploitation horror film should be. A classic.
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This movie was the worst movie i have ever seen by far! Not only were the camera angles and shots boring and annoying, but the ''story line'' was as intresting as licking dirt. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2002 by Dolores Tremonte
Worship the Goat! Worship the Goat God!
This movie was a masterpiece! Orgy, Satan, a fascinating corpse.
It had it all. Read more
I'VE NEVER SEEN IT, DON'T EVEN REALLY KNOW WHAT ITS ABOUT, BUT CAN A MOVIE WITH A TITLE AND COVER LIKE THAT BE BAD? NOPE. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2001 by Amazon Customer
I purchased this the other day from AMAZON & I have just sold it on Half.com for $10. There is NOTHING cool or atmospheric about this film. Read morePublished on July 29 2000 by Michael Floyd
The movie was boring,slow paced,unrealistic,stupid,and a total waste of time and money...and those were it's good points.Published on July 27 2000