Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 26th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1968
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Writers: Mario Bava, Franco Bottari, Antonio Margheriti, Giovanni Simonelli
Cast: Mark Damon, Eleonora Brown, Michael Rennie, Sally Smith, Patrizia Valturri, Ludmila Lvova, Luciano Pigozzi, Franco De Rosa, Vivian Stapleton, Ester Masing, Aldo De Carellis, Giovanni Di Benedetto, Valentino Macchi, Umberto Papiri, Caterina Trentini, Silvia Dionisio, Lorenza Guerrieri, Malisa Longo, Paola Natale, Nando Angelini
DVD Released: April 24th, 2007
Approximate Running Time: 98 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Dark Sky Films
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
Synopsis: The students and faculty of an all girl school finds themselves the target of psychopath, who knocks them off one by one.
Naked You Die was co-written and directed by Antonio Margheriti. A versatile Italian filmmaker, who like many of his contemporaries worked in whatever genre was popular at the time. Some of his more notable films include Castle of Blood and Cannibal Apocalypse. The screenplay for Naked You Die was based on a story that was written by Mario Bava (Bay of Blood). The score for Naked You Die was composed by Carlo Savina, who’s other notable score include A Long Ride From Hell, The Legend of Blood Castle, Lisa and the Devil and The Killer Reserved Nine Seats. When Naked You Die was released theatrically in the U.S. under the title ‘The Young, the Evil & the Savage’. The U.S. release was also fifteen minutes shorter than the Italian language version.
With a salacious title like Naked You Die. One would expect that there would be a lot more flesh on display. The nudity is this film occurs in two scenes. The film’s opening sequence and a shower scene much later in the film. Another area where some die hard giallo fans may feel let down is the lack of blood in the kill scenes. The killers primary weapon in this film’s are their hands. Which are often used to strangle victims. The most violent death in the film involves witness to the killer handiwork being knocked off with a sickle. If you can get past the lack of nudity and gore. This film is actually a lot fun. Sure the premise is nothing more than your standard by the numbers body count film. And while such predictability can stop a film dead in its tracks. The way things unfold are far from conventional.
This film’s strongest asset is a quirky character named Jill, an amateur sleuth and one of the students at the school were the killer is wreaking havoc. And while there are countless other giallo’s in which amateur sleuths find themselves at the center of a murder mystery. It is safe to say that Jill is far removed from the type of amateur sleuth that one would associate with the giallo genre. Jill is a mischievous young woman, who lacks investigating experience and employees the most unusual ways of gather information. It is her tenacity that helps catch the killer and the inept police who do things by the book. Another amusing character is the school’s caretaker, who also happens to be a pepping tom in his spare time.
Even though the performances are at best merely adequate. The cast does feature many recognizable faces like Mark Damon (House of Usher), Michael Rennie (The Day the Earth Stood Still), Luciano Pigozzi (The Italian Peter Lorre), Malisa Longo (Ricco the Mean Machine) and Eleonora Brown (Two Women). Ultimately what Naked You Die lacks in gory set pieces it more than makes up for with its abundance of style and off beat humor.
Dark Sky Films presents Naked You Die in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original 2.35:1 ‘scope’ aspect ratio. This is a strong looking progressive flagged transfer. Colors look vibrant and flesh tones look healthy. Details generally look crisp and print debris is minimal. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement is kept in check.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital Mono mix in Italian. Even though the audio is rather limited i8n range. It is a more than serviceable track as dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds consistently balanced. Removable English that are easy to follow and error free have been included.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (3 minutes 15 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Italian with English subtitles) and a image gallery stills, lobby cards and posters. Overall Naked You Die gets a strong audio / video presentation from Dark Sky Films.