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Wayward young lass Diana Kelper arrives in a small town in New Mexico looking to start a new life for herself. Alas, the sleazy Fred forces Diana to work as an exotic dancer at a strip club. Things go from bad to worse for Diana after she's abducted by ruthless psychotic predator Colin Mandel, who dumps Diana in the remote wilderness completely nude so he can hunt her down like a wild animal. Can Diana muster up the necessary strength and cunning in order to survive this harrowing ordeal?Written by
I avidly support all the positive comments posted here and add my admiration for how incredibly well both Danielle De Luca and director Eberhart manage the nearly impossible task of threading a needle -- deftly avoiding all the pitfalls inherent in this notoriously salacious genre. The way this movie begins by promising to be "just like all the rest" turns out to be either an intentional setup to later catch us off guard by its uniqueness, or a testament to an unanticipated epiphany that suddenly swept this project off its feet part-way through and caused a quantum leap to "A" Movie quality that even manages to transcend the gratuitous non sequiturs required to keep it going for the expected feature-movie length.
To my mind, "Naked Fear" succeeds by actually committing a consummate taboo: rendering the plot almost irrelevant by causing the viewer to become more intrigued by its direction, cinematography, and most of all, the riveting performance and physiognomy of its star performer. Assuming that Danielle De Luca is no "Meryl Streep" (and I'd love for her to prove me wrong), the only other explanation for this performance is that she has played "herself" -- as if she were in the same situation as her character; and that Eberhart has either cast her for that very reason or at least realized early on what she was delivering and went with it full bore.
If anyone were to tell me that I was going to watch a movie in which a beautiful dame was going to display full-frontal nudity for most of it, the last thing I'd assume would be that my "little head" would hardly ever be provoked by it; and yet, this is precisely what De Luca's nudity accomplished. Being a highly sexual, straight male, my limbic brain was constantly scanning her lovely anatomy throughout, but to my surprise her nakedness demanded a strict emphasis on "loveliness" instead of "sexiness," as if in homage to the instinctual understanding that this was "a good girl" and not one of those I'd like to tear up with monkey love.
As added emphasis of this, every time I've since come across this flick when surfing through the movie channels, I've always found myself hanging on a while to re-appreciate her flawlessly-packaged performance anew; and I suspect that females will also be attracted to it, as well, and for the same reasons.
"Naked Fear" is no "Gone with the Wind" to be sure; but it sure as hell deserved a cult following, of which I count myself a proud member.
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