The problem I had with Nude for Satan is that it's too damn slow, and not just slow but excruciatingly so. Don't get me wrong, many of my favorite films are paced quite slowly because that's how suspense it built but this film is just... not... good. It's like director Luigi Batzella tried very hard to make this into a Joe D'Amato or Jess Franco erotic horror clone but failed. It has the nudity, and Gothic atmosphere and stupid, simple plot like Franco and D'Amato films but it just doesn't come together.
The camera work is laughable at times and distracts from what little plot there is, and the special effects are absolutely atrocious. But I actually like the terrible special effects. There is a giant spider that is so horribly constructed that it has to be seen to be believed. It looks like a drunk five year old made it out of paper mache and pipe cleaners or something, and when our protagonist Dr. Benson (Stelio Candelli) frantically rushes/saunters into the room to save our heroine Susan (Rita Calderoni) by shooting it off her chest, the fog machines are clearly visible which makes it look like things are exploding inside the room. Like I said, these things I actually like. They add character to the film but the constant panning and tilting of the camera angered up my blood.
|"Allow me to explain through interpretive dance."|
There's also a guy in the house who looks like he stole Bela Lugosi's Dracula costume, and I guess this guy is supposed to be the Devil which doesn't make any sense because he performs Satanic rituals and calls on demons to do his bidding. And so Dr. Benson wanders around the estate and looks confused for 82 minutes and Susan spends half the movie with her boob hanging out as they try to figure out what's going on in this twisted house which serves as a metaphor for their own twisted psyches. Deep stuff right there.
There are a couple of reasons to watch this movie. Obviously there's the nudity and there's quite a bit of it. Boobs and bush are everywhere and there's even a Gothic interpretive-dance sequence that turns into an orgy. There's also an uncut version where some hardcore scenes are added to the softcore stuff but I haven't seen it. Also Nude For Satan might be worth seeing just because it's an example of the low budget sexploitation horror that came out of Italy in the mid '70s. It has historical value! But if you are looking for a good movie, this isn't it. If you're looking for a so-bad-it's-good movie this might fit the bill, but for me this movie isn't all bad but it's not exactly good either. It could have stayed in the vault and I wouldn't have cared.
Violence Rating/Index: 3 out of 5
Booby Rating/Index: 5 out of 5 - Click to see the nude scenes.