Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Naked You Die

Dark Sky Films touts its new release of Naked You Die with the line, "From the minds of Italian horror kings Mario Bava (Twitch of the Death Nerve) and Antonio Margheriti (Cannibal Apocolypse) comes this macabre tale of murder at an all girls school."

I can't help thinking that making a co-story credit for Mario Bava this big of a notice is something akin to advertising heavily that Eddie Van Halen plays drums on a couple of tracks on your album. But, it does seem that Bava's name is getting a little heat recently, which I can only believe to be a good thing.

The movie is interesting in that it was made in kind of a bridge period between the original Bava gialli, such as Blood and Black Lace, and the later period that seems generally to be marked as beginning with The Bird With the Crystal Plumage. There is, as the title suggest, nudity, but it's fairly brief and doesn't show a whole lot. The murders are also not terribly harsh. Neither of those are complaints as much as observations.

The most striking thing about the movie, for better and worse, is that it has a remarkably jaunty tone for a movie about mass murder. It takes place at a girl's school and Margheriti seems almost like he was at that point more interested in making a movie about the girl's and their lives than a mystery.

It's a serviceable time-waster and definitely interesting for historical reasons, but little more than that.

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