Strip Nude for Your Killer (1975) (Arrow Video) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Andrea Bianchi
Starring: Edwige Fenech, Nino Castelnuovo, Femi Benussi
Rated: UR/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Arrow Video
As the 1970s wore on and audiences began to tire of the tried and tested giallo formula popularized by the thrillers of Argento, Fulci and their contemporaries, filmmakers sought to reinvigorate the ailing movement by injecting elements from other genres. Some took inspiration from the then-burgeoning crime thriller movement, with tales of organized crime and corrupt police officials… while others decided to sex things up by crossing serial killer thrills with salacious softcore antics. A spate of highly sexualized murders is rocking a prestigious Milanese fashion house. Ambitious photographer Magda (Edwige Fenech, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key) and her on-off boyfriend, love rat Carlo (Nino Castelnuovo, The English Patient), team up to crack the case. But, with the motorcycle helmet-wearing killer clearing bearing a grudge against the agency’s employees, it’s surely only a matter of time before they too end up feeling the force of his wrath… So roll up for a Euro-cult experience like no other, with kitschy fashion shoots, back-alley abortions, blow-up sex dolls, and some very indelicate humor, as one of the most notoriously sleazy giallo ever produced gets the red carpet treatment from Arrow Video!
On the surface of this Italian “Who done it?” is a lot of nudity. I mean A LOT. These types of films are known for having this type of stuff, but this one does raise that sleazy factor to a whole other level. One good thing about this (if you are into naked women) is that helps with any slower part of the movie and does make at least the view more enjoyable, even if some of what’s going on in the movie is dragging on a bit. And this is a movie that does seem to drag its feet from time to time. A slow build in a giallo I say? Shocking, I know. Now, these films are usually known for some blood splatter and some gore effects. And that dark red paint-ish blood is here. It does, however, slack a little on the effects side of things. People do die, a lot of people if memory is working well with me here. But they just seem to be stabbed by our motorcycle styled killer. And that’s about it, they are stabbed. Not a lot of details, just stabbed. But this stabbing does lead to some blood being on the scene. So maybe this movie isn’t an Italian movie that finds it’s self on an Argento level, but it’s not a total loss either.
So we spend our time watching a horndog of a photographer sleep him way around the cast, as who the killer’s identity is being determined by order of elimination when everyone is being killed off. It’s a slower film but the movie does pack a lot of deaths and nudity. It’s just all kinda added up with a slow burn of a plot that could have used a little more extreme on the killing side of things. If you like these films you will probably find something you like here. It’s not the best, but it’s not the worst either. I’m sure this movie will have no trouble finding it’s self a soft spot in the hearts of Italian horror fans. If you like the sleaze, you get what you want here. And as usual, this is a giallo that packs a nice little twist in the plot here and there. As you could expect with the new technology out there, the new Arrow Blu-ray does top the old Blue Underground one in picture and it packs a very nice load of extras to make this worth picking up again if you had the old Blu-ray before.
– NEW 2K RESTORATION from the original camera negative
– Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
– English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
– New audio commentary by HORRORPEDIA.com’s Adrian J. Smith and David Flint
– Sex and Death with a Smile, a new video essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger on giallo and sex comedy icon Edwige Fenech
– A Good Man for the Murders, a newly edited video interview with actor Nino Castelnuovo
– The Blonde Salamander, a new video interview with actress Erna Schurer
– The Art of Helping, a new video interview with assistant director Daniele Sangiorgi
– Jack of All Trades, a new video interview with actor and production manager Tino Polenghi
– Two versions of the opening scene: tinted and untinted viewing options
– Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
– Image gallery
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
– First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Rachael Nisbet
Quality of Transfer: 95%