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Strip Nude For Your Killer
cast: Edwige Fenech, Nino Castelnuovo, and Franco Diogene

director: Andrea Briachi

98 minutes (18) 1975
widescreen ratio 2.35:1
Shameless DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 2/10
reviewed by Ian Sales
With such a bluntly obvious title, you'd be forgiven for thinking this film could only rise above it. But you'd be wrong. Strip Nude For Your Killer is an Italian giallo - i.e. a sleazy pulp erotic crime fiction or film, and so named for the books' lurid 'yellow' covers. Giallo films usually feature long bloody murder scenes, lots of nudity, and several sex scenes. Strip Nude For Your Killer is typical of the genre, but even so it's hard to take seriously - especially 30 or more years after its original release.

A model dies of a heart attack while undergoing an abortion and her death is made to look like suicide. The gynaecologist responsible for the death is subsequently murdered. Some months later, a photographer at the Albatross Studio is killed - and the modus operandi matches that of the gynaecologist's murderer. The killer then attacks and murders the various models and staff of the studio. The police don't seem to have much clue, and the murderer's identity, when it is finally revealed, comes as little surprise. While all this is going on, women doff their kit at the slightest pretext, and the camera spends a great deal of time in the principals' bedrooms.

It should come as no surprise that Strip Nude For Your Killer has all the macho appeal of a hairy chest wig. The hero Carlo (Nino Castelnuovo) is overbearing, pushy and sexist. If Strip Naked For Your Killer had been made in the 21st century, he'd have been the first victim. His sidekick, gorgeous photographic assistant Magda (Edwige Fenech), is equally dated - she kowtows to Carlo, screams a lot, and nearly becomes the final victim in the film's climactic scene. Other characters are just as unlikeable - the studio owner Maurizio (Franco Diogene) is odious, using his position to force the models to have sex with him. Of course, he gets his comeuppance. His wife, the studio manager Gisella (Amanda), is no better. In fact, the film gives little reason to mourn any of the victims, and the murderer's motive, when explained, seems almost justifiable. The only cause for sadness is that Carlo, who is more central to the plot than first appears, manages to survive.

It seems churlish to complain that a giallo film is exactly that. And it's true enough that Strip Nude For Your Killer will appeal to fans of the genre as it provides everything for which giallo is known. But such films are very much products of their time, and they seem somewhat risible, and a little offensive, to modern sensibilities.

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