Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 22nd, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1975
Director: Andrea Bianchi
Writers: Andrea Bianchi, Massimo Felisatti
Cast: Edwige Fenech, Nino Castelnuovo, Femi Benussi
DVD released: October 27th, 2008
Approximate running time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Shameless Films
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £12.99
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is often referred to as the ‘Queen of the Giallo’, she stars in this film and her trademark long brunette locks have been replaced by a cropped haircut.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.
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.
Shameless Films presents Strip Nude for Your Killer in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors look vibrant and flesh tones look healthy throughout. Details look crisp and black levels remain strong throughout. Overall this transfer is on par with Blue Underground’s region1 DVD release.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio is free of any major audio defects, dialog is clear and the music sounds evenly balanced throughout. Overall this audio mix fares well when compared with the audio mix present on Blue Underground’s region1 DVD release.
Extras for this release include trailers for Strip Nude for Your Killer, The Designated Victim, Torso, Oasis of Fear, Watch Me When I Kill, Baba Yaga and The New York Ripper. Also included with this release is a reversible covert art that includes the film’s original poster art. Overall Shameless Films gives Strip Nude for Your Killer, one of the sleazier films to emerge from the giallo genre gets its first fully uncut DVD release in the UK which comes with a strong audio/video presentation.