Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 14th, 2005
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1975
Director: Andrea Bianchi
Writers: Andrea Bianchi, Massimo Felisatti
Cast:Edwige Fenech, Nino Castelnuovo, Femi Benussi
DVD released: October 25th, 2004
Approximate running time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Blue Underground
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis:When a fashion model Evelyn dies of a heart failure during a back street abortion. The abortionist returns her lifeless body to her house and leaves it in a bath tub. He covers his tracks hoping to deceive the authorities by making it look like she died of natural causes. later that night a killer wearing a motorcycle helmet dressed in black leather kills the abortionist by cutting out his heart. Evelyn the recently deceased model worked for the Albatross modeling agency with here former co-workers the suave photographer Carlo (Nino Castelnuovo), his sexy assistant Magda (Edwige Fenech), in charge Giselle (Amanda) and her over weight husband Maurizo (Franco Diogene). When Mario a photographer is viciously murdered by a killer dressed in black leather wearing a motorcycle helmet the others soon fear for their lives and wonder who will be next?
Giallo’s are known for their exotic and strange titles, as much as they are remembered for their violent set pieces and excessive amounts of naked flesh on display. Strip Nude for Your Killer is more then just some suggestive title thrown together by a producer. Director Andrea Bianchi (Burial Ground) has the actors do just what the title suggests ‘Strip Nude for Your Killer’ as victim after victim is murder with little or no clothes on. Strip Nude for your Killer is sleazy and has more full-frontal nudity then any Giallo I have seen so far, also lets not forget the nude handstand. Strip Nude for Your Killer is not as bad as Mario Landi’s sleaze classic Giallo a Venezia and in many ways it is similar to another Edwige Fenech Giallo The Case of The Bloody Iris.
Edwige Fenech who is often referred to as the ‘Queen of the Giallo’, she stars in this film and her trademark long brunette locks have been replaced by a cropped haircut. Berto Pisanos score is adequate and it never comes close to achieving the quality of an Ennio Morricone score. Surprisingly Andrea Bianchi’s Strip Nude for Your Killer is well crafted film that exhibits some inspired moments like, when the obese Maurizo tries to seduce one of the models Doris and he at one point threatens to hit her with a vase before she agrees to have sex with him. Only when he can get it up Doris leaves him alone and in his frustration he starts talking to a deflated blow up doll ‘You are the only one for me’, before the killers puts him out of his misery. This is a slightly better then average Giallo with mediocre acting that is saved by copious amounts of tits and ass.
Blue Underground presents Strip Nude for Your Killer in an anamorphic aspect ratio that preserves the films original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The box art proclaims that this transfer was sourced from original vault elements. Immediately it is obvious just how much better this release looks and sounds verse previous home video releases of this film. Colors are nicely saturated with deep blues and lucid reds. The black levels remain strong and details are exceptionally sharp through out. There are no problems with artifacts, compression and edge enhancement is virtually non-existent. This progressive scan transfer is a visual feast for the eyes that is free of any print damage.
This DVD comes with only one audio option an English dubbed audio track that is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. The track is free of any distortion or any other audio defects. Dialog, music and effects sound evenly balanced. The audio like video sounds surprisingly good for a film this age considering the limitations of its mono source.
Even though extras are sparse for this release the few that are included are a welcome addition. Extras for this release include the films original English language trailer and a twelve minute featurette titled ‘Strip Nude for Your Giallo’ which includes interviews with actress Solvi Stubbing and co-writer Massimo Felisatti. This extra features spoilers and should be watched after you watch the film.
Many times opinions about a film are primarily based on watching a film via a cropped image or washed out transfer with bleeding colors which then seriously hampers the viewing experience. Previously X-Rated Kult DVD had released a DVD for Strip Nude for Your Killer had less then stellar image quality and its audio was even in worse shape. No wonder so many giallo fans who were introduced to this film via X-Rated Kult’s DVD ended up disliking this film.
While I am not going to call Strip Nude for Your Killer a masterpiece it certainly is far from one of the worst example’s the giallo genre has to offer. There are several murder scenes that rival some of the most violent giallo’s ever released and another aspect of this genre that has long been one of its strongest selling points is nudity and there is plenty of it on display in this film. Strip Nude for Your Killer’s plot may not be its strongest asset still it is reasonable though out enough to keep the action moving at a brisk pace. I have never understood how these trashy giallo’s like The Case of the Bloody Iris and Strip Nude for Your Killer are generally looked down upon because they are not as high brow like Dario Argento’s giallo’s. I like my giallo’s violent and down and dirty. Overall Strip Nude for Your Killer has enough sleaze and nudity to enchant even the most dedicated Giallo fan. Now fans of this film and some of its detractors will have a chance to reevaluate this sleazy giallo via Blue Underground’s DVD which finally gives this film its best looking home video release to date.