Strip Nude for Your Killer is a 1975 Italian giallo horror thriller film directed by Andrea Bianchi (Burial Ground: Nights of Terror, Malabimba, Maniac Killer) from a screenplay by Massimo Felisatti (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave). The original Italian title is Nude per l’Assassino.
The film stars Edwige Fenech, Nino Castelnuovo, Femi Benussi, Solvi Stubing and Amanda.
Strip Nude for Your Killer is one of several collaborations between Bianchi, Felisatti and cinematographer Franco Delli Colli. The film has been cited as an influence on the development of the American slasher film genre, e.g. Night School and Nail Gun Massacre also feature a black-clad killer in a motorcycle helmet, however, this seems doubtful as, according to the IMDb, it only received a very limited release in the USA in 1979. In fact, we can find no trace of such a release.
Milan: After a fashion model dies while undergoing an illegal abortion, the attending doctor moves her body back to her home, staging her death to remove any trace of his involvement. However, he is murdered by a stranger disguised in racing leathers and a motorcycle helmet.
At the Albatross Modelling Agency, womanising photographer Carlo (Nino Castelnuovo) embarks on an affair with fellow photographer Magda (Edwige Fenech). Meanwhile, a newly-hired model, Patrizia (Solvi Stubing), fends off the unwanted advances of Maurizio (Franco Diogene), whose bisexual wife Gisella (Amanda) owns the agency.
One evening, Mario (Claudio Pellegrini), who also works at the agency, invites a woman in racing leathers into his home for a drink and is stabbed to death. The police question the agency’s owner Gisella (Lia Amanda) and another model, Lucia (Femi Benussi) about the killing, but learn very little. Gisella and Lucia are sleeping together; one night when Gisella leaves after a fight, Lucia is attacked and killed…
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Anyone expecting the crude cinematic techniques of Andrea Bianchi’s The Nights of Terror aka Burial Ground (1980) is in for a surprise: this sleazy giallo hides its inherent griminess behind a glossy facade of crystalline widescreen photography by Franco Delli Colli and trendy Seventies fashions.
Despite the perfunctory sexual distractions and a ridiculous red herring, the narrative is cleanly plotted and the climatically revealed motive for the killings is gratifyingly tasteless. Excellently cast, there is the added pleasure of sparkling performances from Edwige Fenech (dressed by Levi’s) and Erna Schurer (underwear by Kentelle). Strip Nude is topped off with a superb score, featuring Berto Pisano’s trademark musical saw and high-pitched female vocals.
Mark Ashworth, HORRORPEDIA
“It doesn’t have much in the way of plot, but it makes more sense than most gialli that rely on style over story. This movie’s story is thin but at least it’s coherent […] Strip Nude for Your Killer is unique as a giallo in that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. In fact, it often seems that the murder-mystery aspect of the film takes a backseat to the tongue-in-cheek, misogynist, Italian sex jokes.” Beasts in Human Skin
“… you’ve got some of Eurohorror’s more gorgeous babes (Fenech is especially fetching) to stare at, and Bianchi gives you plenty of chances. Call this a minor giallo if you like, but Strip Nude for Your Killer is pretty good sleaze coming from an impishly warped place.” Brett Gallman, Oh, the Horror!
“Strip Nude for Your Killer does exactly what it says on the tin: everyone gets nude for the killer, even the portly Maurizo gets down to his voluminous underpants before he meets the reaper. So, I guess there’s some kind of warped equality it Bianchi’s trashy tale. It’s certainly not as ‘out there’ as, say, Mario Landi’s pantheon of ultra sleaze Giallo a Venezia (1979), Bianchi’s film is, however, almost like a Carry on Debauchery.” Justin Kerswell, Hysteria Lives!
“Strip Nude For Your Killer is a nice-looking thriller and only if it wasn’t for the copious amounts of sleaze this would probably have a much better reputation as a “real” giallo. Sure, the script could have needed a little bit more work and that classic first scene at the spa borders to mega-silliness, but that’s also one of the strengths with it – it just doesn’t care. It goes almost all the way and ends everything with a very cheap and tacky joke…” Ninja Dixon
“In case you happen to lose sight of that fact among all the nudity and salacious goings-on, Strip Nude for Your Killer helpfully flashes back to its blue-filtered opening prior to any act of violence. That violence isn’t necessarily stronger than in contemporary giallo films like Argento’s Deep Red, but it’s more resolutely tied to aberrant sexuality than almost anywhere else in the genre.” Budd Wilkins, Slant magazine
” …one of the more polished and professional examples of the sleazy giallo sub-genre. Franco Delli Colli’s cinematography is crisp and clear throughout and, if it does not offer up any stunning images per se, it at least gives the film the semblance of class. Production values are quite decent and the make-up effects by Marcello Di Paolo are convincing. Berto Pisano contributes a catchy soundtrack, which effectively underlines the seedier aspects of the story.” Troy Howarth, So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films Volume 2, Midnight Marquee Press, 2015
“Bianchi not only shows skill in depicting the murder set pieces in Strip Nude For Your Killer, but he also shows skill in certain elements that are required in most other films, slasher or not. The general atmosphere of the movie is pretty convincing; I could for the most part believe this particular world, a world containing all this sex and murder. He also handles the actors well.” The Unknown Movies
“Yes, the stalking scenes where the killer (who has a running water fetish) preys upon naked chicks are pretty awesome but everything in between is more or less a waste of celluloid. It also doesn’t help that all of the murders are nearly identical (the killer just stabs people in their abdomen) and that one of the victims is a tubby guy with a hairy back.” Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum
Main cast and characters:
- Edwige Fenech … Magda
- Nino Castelnuovo … Carlo
- Femi Benussi … Lucia
- Solvi Stubing … Patrizia
- Amanda … Gisella
- Franco Diogene … Maurizio
- Lucio Como … Police commissioner
- Erna Schurer … Doris
Image credits: Beasts in Human Skin