NAKED YOU DIE
Reviewed by: Donny Broussard
What's it about
A killer is stalking the school grounds at St. Hilda's School for Girls. Not a new concept but one that usually provides good times.
Is it good movie?
Naked You Die was originally going to be directed by Mario Bava, but after a dissagreement with the producers the film was handed to Antonio Margheriti who used the alias Anthony Dawson when the film was first released. I love giallos, and though this film isn't the best example of a great giallo film it is worth a look. A killer sometimes wearing black gloves is stalking girls at St. Hilda's School for Girls, but only a select few are naked. For me the biggest disappointment was the fact that there were not enough naked girls. Talk about false advertising, although even without lots of nudity Naked You Die was pretty enjoyable.
I loved the fact that this film never took itself seriously. There were subtle amounts of humor thrown in when you werenít waiting for it, and there is even a James Bond gag that was kinda fun. Actress Sally Smith did a fine job as Jill, the ease dropping comic relief. Here performance was great, and she was cute, obnoxious, nosy, and she looked really good in those short 1960ís miniskirts. The other actors were pretty good, and seeing Michael Rennie as the inspector was a highlight.
Iím pretty sure that Mario Bava would have made a much different film than Antonio Margheriti made, but besides the fact that he didnít put in enough tits and ass I think he did a great job of putting together one of the first films in this subgenre. At times Naked You Die felt reminiscent of the hammer films I loved as a kid. Margheriti gave the film a modern feel (for the 1960ís) with gothic overtones. The photography is really beautiful and the locations are perfect for this type of film. Margheriti did a fine job of directing, but lost me with the pacing every now and then.
Another thing that made this film fun is the score, which made me want to get my hands on a copy of it as soon as possible. It flows between hippy jazz and beach party numbers that should be out of place in this type of film, but fit right in. Thereís even a tune that sounds a lot like the Batman theme that brought a smile to my face.
Dark Sky does a good job of putting out films that the fans want to see, and Naked You Die is no exception. This was a fun film with some good acting, and a solid third act. Also the score is killer and for that alone this film is worth a look.
Video / Audio
Video: anamorphic widescreen with rich colors and sharp detail
Audio: Dolby Digital
One trailer and a nice still gallery that contains some old lobby cards and a few other goodies.
Naked You Die is not the best giallo but surely not the worst. There are some great scenes, a really cool score, and a solid ending. If you like this type of film then check this one out.