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Strip Nude For Your Killer (1975)

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Director:
Andrea Bianchi Andrea Bianchi
Starring:
Edwige Fenech Edwige Fenech
Nino Castelnuovo Nino Castelnuovo
Femi Benussi Femi Benussi
Solvi Stubing Solvi Stubing
Amanda Amanda

5.7 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Genres: Erotic Thriller, Giallo, Thriller
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Review by Tristan
Added: January 22, 2008
Strip Nude For Your Killer, a title that certainly doesn't beat about the bush (no pun intended). Showing up a little late for the Giallo craze, this film cashed in on its exploitation roots by focusing on one thing, sex and violence. Technically two things, but at this point, they have become synonymous. Being a fan of both styles of film making, I felt it was my duty to give this a viewing, even though my mind is telling me I'm in for a borefest with generic actors and an all too familiar storyline. Unfortunately, my keen senses were right as always, and I found myself sitting through yet another boring movie.

Our film opens with a young woman getting a back street abortion. After a small fumble by the doctor, she ends up dying and is left in her bathtub to be discovered by whomever comes looking for her. Later that evening, the abortionist is on his way home when he is murdered in the lobby of his apartment building by a masked killer. As it turns out, this woman who he had dumped in the tub was a model for the Albatross modeling agency. Later we meet Carlo (Nino Castelnuovo), a crude and suave photographer for the agency, as well as his assistant photographer Magda (Edwige Fenech). The two, as well as the rest of the modeling agency, are broken up over the news of their co-workers death. When another model and camera man turn up dead, the pair take it upon themselves to hunt down the killer before they end up being his next target.

As with all Giallo films, there are twists and turns right up until the final scenes. We suspect everyone until they're killed, shortening the list of potential murderers. The twist ending in this film did come as a surprise, I must admit. Not because of a clever screenplay mind you, but because it was someone who really had no motive for killing besides a lame back story. It was pretty clear that when writing this, Bianchi had no idea who the killer would be, so they just spun a wheel and whoever it landed on, that would be our masked psychopath. While I could penalize them for this, I choose not to, because I wasn't expecting anything phenomenal from this movie, and at the very least, they kept me guessing.

Edwige Fenech, who some of you might remember from Secrets of a Call Girl, is as gorgeous as ever in this murderous tale. Bianchi knew that in order to keep the audiences attention he would have to get her to wear as little clothing as possible for the majority of her screen time. While that cheapened this already sleazy picture, I can't say I blame him. If it weren't for her, I don't even think I could have stomached this movie. As I've said before, to accompany her good looks are some serious acting chops, and it's not every day you find an actress who can both carry a film and look good on camera. Not in Italian cinema, at least. The rest of the actors are mediocre at best, with Nino Castelnuovo being the best of the bunch.

While not overly clever, at least the title was honest. Oddly enough, everyone did end up in their birthday suits right before their untimely demise. While I hate to include spoilers, there is one scene which I couldn't help but laugh hysterically at. A disgustingly obese man wields both a butcher's knife and deflated blow-up doll right before he meets his maker. Now I know that it's not the best visual, but when or if you see this part, you will understand exactly what I'm talking about. By the time the credits roll, I guarantee you will have enjoyed a few hearty chuckles at some of these outrageous characters, as well as their outrageous deaths. To further drive the point home, the movie's final scene ends on a rather harsh joke between the two main characters. I don't know about you, but after I've escaped a vicious predator, my next step is a sodomy joke.

While I loved Bianchi's Burial Ground, I wasn't particularly taken with this one. Don't get me wrong, I found it enjoyable, but that's accredited to my love for this kind of film. It's a standard Giallo film, but there isn't anything in it to really revive the dying genre. Maybe if there had been some fresh ideas it would have become more popular, but as it stands it's just sort of there. The title is probably the only reason people will decide to give this a shot, as Bianchi isn't exactly a Bava or Argento. I would have gone with a 3 or 4, but between Edwige Fenech's beauty and the few laughs I had, I'm going to have to give this a 6/10 for entertaining me at the very least.
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Crispy #1: Crispy - added 01/23/2008, 08:48 AM
That pun was totally intended
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