Strip Nude for Your Killer is a 1975 Italian Giallo horror thriller feature film directed by Andrea Bianchi (Massacre; Maniac Killer; Burial Ground: Nights of Terror; Malabimba) from a screenplay written by Massimo Felisatti (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave).
The original Italian title is Nude per l’assassino stylized as Nude x l’assassino. It has also been promoted as Assassin for Models
On March 19, Arrow Video released Strip Nude for Your Killer on Blu-ray. It has been newly restored in 2K from the original camera negative and features original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks with English subtitles for both.
Audio commentary by MOVIES and MANIA’s Adrian J Smith and David Flint (new)
Sex and Death with a Smile – A video essay by author and critic Kat Ellinger on Giallo and sex comedy icon Edwige Fenech (new)
Interview with actor Nino Castelnuovo (new)
Interview with actress Erna Schurer (new)
Interview with assistant director Daniele Sangiorgi (new)
Interview with actor and production manager Tino Polenghi (new)
Two versions of the opening scene: tinted and un-tinted viewing options
Italian and English theatrical trailers
Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Rachael Nisbet (first pressing only)
New cover artwork by Graham Humphreys with the original artwork on the reverse
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, MOVIES and MANIA
“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
” …toes a weird line between traditional giallo films and the sexed up antics that were filling Italian cinemas at the same time, though it should be noted typically more in comedic films than in anything like this. Edwige Fenech’s appearance here probably only highlights that kind of bizarre intersection, but this film is undeniably provocative in its overtly sexual themes and even presentation.” Blu-ray.com
“Although Milan is the fashion capitol of Italy, Bianchi and crew drag grime into even the most picturesque locations in the city, with the fashion studio looking more girlie magazine than haute couture. The sleaze quotient ensures plenty of nudity with the models (along with Castelnuovo) stripping nude for more than just their killer.” DVD Drive-In
[Referring to the 2019 Arrow Video Blu-ray]: “The transfer, touted as a “brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative,” looks excellent with a more organic appearance than the prior Blu-ray while adding a significant amount of extra info on the bottom and left of the frame. Blacks are also deeper and more satisfying, giving the film a more atmospheric look than it’s had in the past […] An entertaining new audio commentary with Adrian J Smith and David Flint who acknowledge the film’s inherent exploitation factors while contextualizing it within the trend of the mid-’70s Giallo.” Mondo Digital
“… 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.” 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.” 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.” 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.” 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.” Troy Howarth, So Deadly, So P*rverse: 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…” 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.” The Video Vacuum
Cast and characters:
Edwige Fenech … Magda, a model
Nino Castelnuovo … Carlo, the photographer – The Red Stained Lawn
Femi Benussi … Lucia, a model
Solvi STubing … Patrizia, a model
Amanda … Gisella, owner of the model agency
Franco Diogene … Maurizio, Gisella’s husband – Tentacles
Lucio Como … Commissioner
Erna Schurer … Doris
Achille Grioni … Lawyer
Filippo La Neve … Doctor
Claudio Pellegrini … Mario
Influence on slashers:
The film has sometimes been cited by some as an influence on the development of the American slasher film genre, e.g. Night School and Nail Gun Massacre because they also feature a black-clad killer in a motorcycle helmet, however, this seems very doubtful because – as far as we can ascertain – the movie was never released theatrically in the USA.
Image credits: Beasts in Human Skin