Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 18th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1977
Director: Andrea Bianchi
Writer: Piero Regnoli
Cast:Ursula Heinle, Femi Benussi, Francesco Parisi, Lucio Flauto
DVD released:May 8th. 2008
Approximate running time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: One 7 Movies
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: Sadden by the loss of his wife, a uncle invites his niece, who looks a lot like deceased wife to stay with him for awhile.
Naughty Teen was directed by Andrea Bianchi, who’s other notable films include Cry of a Prostitute, Strip Nude for Your Killer, Malabimba: The Malicious Whore and Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror. The screenplay for Naughty Teen was written by Piero Regnoli a prolific screenwriter and director in his own right, who filmography covers just about every genre. Some of his more notable credits include, as a director The Playgirls and the Vampire and as a screenwriter I Vampiri, Navajo Joe, Patrick Still Lives and Nightmare City. Other key collaborators on Naughty Teen include cinematographer Franco Villa (Caliber 9, Giallo in Venice) and composer Elsio Mancuso (Django the Bastard, Malabimba: The Malicious Whore, Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror).
Content wise, Naughty Teen is a middle of the road Italian sex themed comedy that brings nothing new to the genre. The bulk of this film’s comedy is built up around the uncle’s growing infatuation with his niece, who also just happens to be a dead ringer for his dead wife. To try to spice things up a bit, the niece character toys with her uncle’s feelings for her. Also not wanting to leave anyone out of her game of playful seduction, she teases all of the male characters in the film. And while some of these moments of teasing the males characters are sufficiently humorous. When it comes to Italian sex themed comedy other staple nudity, this film is rather tame in this regard.
Visually though this film takes every opportunity to showcase its two main female characters more than ample assets. This is film is nothing more than a workman when it comes to its visuals. Pacing wise the narrative tends to be erratic. With the majority of the blame regarding the pacing, laying squarely on the shoulders of a poorly conceived plot. In a film in which not that much out of the ordinary happens, a few of its more entertaining moments include, a scenes in which the maid is seduce by a neighbor, who then has sex with her on a washboard where she cleaning clothes. And a scene in which the niece goes all out to look like her deceased aunt for her uncle, who by this time in the story has been completely broken down.
Surprisingly the performances are better than expected, especially given the lackluster plot and one dimensional characters that populate this film. The film’s most memorable performance comes from Femi Benussi (So Sweet, So Dead, The Italian Connection) in the role of a maid, who works for the uncle character. Another performance of note is Ursula Heinle in the role of the niece. She more than holds her own as the object of desire in this film. It should be noted that appears to be her one and only appearance in a film.
One 7 Movies presents Naughty Teen in an anamorphic widescreen that retains this film’s original aspect ratio. The source used generally looks clean, flesh tones and colors fare well. Details tend to look to soft during darker moments and there are also some issues with compression, which are also most pronounced during darker moments. Also throughout the film in lower left and lower right corners of the frame, there has been some blurring applied to these areas of the image.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian and removable English subtitles have been included with this release. Background noise is minimal and never intrusive. Dialog comes through clearly and there are no problems with distortion.
This release comes with no extra content. Overall Naughty Teen gets a serviceable audio /video presentation from One 7 Movies.