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"Strip Nude for Your Killer" is one Giallo that lives up to that lascivious title. To say that it's trashy is an understatement. Yet, it's also as stylish as any in the genre, even artfully done, with great use of lighting. The story deals with brutal murders of those connected with a modelling agency, after one of the models dies during an abortion. A charming sleaze ball photographer, Carlo (Nino Castelnuovo) becomes determined to unmask the killer, who wields a mean knife and wears a motorcycle helmet (as does the killer in the American slasher "Night School" six years later). Director Andrea Bianchi, whose story was the basis for Massimo Felisatti's screenplay, sure gets down to business right away, as we get delectable nudity RIGHT as the movie starts. After that he continues to deliver the sleazy goods, especially as the stunning Femi Benussi as aspiring model Lucia Serrazini does the full frontal thing for an extended amount of time. Granted, this movie slows down a little too much at times and lets some scenes go on longer than necessary, in particular the scene where bumbling, corpulent Maurizio Montani (Franco Diogene) tries to coerce Doris (Erna Schurer) to have sex with him. However, in one critical scene where Magda Cortis (Edwige Fenech) is terrorized at the agency, Bianchi keeps the suspense going and going, to the point where some of us may be screaming for Magda to move faster, but also to the point that when the killer pounces, it does come as a genuine shock. The movie is also appreciably played with a bit of humour, a lot of it coming from the pathetic Maurizio. It works pretty well as a murder mystery, with the identity of the killer not readily predictable. The ladies are all absolutely ravishing, from Schurer to Amanda as Gisella Montani to Benussi to Solvi Stubing as Patrizia to Giallo superstar Fenech, who's compelling as the photographer who does have what it takes to be a model. Overall, this is a solid example of the genre that does, at the very least, appeal to all of us in a very sordid way. Seven out of 10.
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