Nuda per Satana is an unique Italian send-up of Gothic horror films. It is
a legend in the history of Italian cinema because it was screened only once
theatrically, for 500 patrons, and was then pulled permanently, not to be seen
again in any format until censored video and DVD versions emerged decades
This film has been featured in the Funhouse many times over the years, all
caps having come from those censored releases. What prompted my redo was a new
uncut version with additional hardcore action. The former release, from
Redemption Cinema, was 82 minutes long in NTSC format. The new one, from
Sodemented Cinema in The Netherlands, runs 90 minutes in PAL format, which
translates to 94 minutes of real running time. The additional 12 minutes
consists entirely of nudity and hardcore action. What is surprising is that the
formerly unreleased footage does not consist of stock inserts of
anonymous body parts, but was all shot for
this film, and some of it includes the principal actresses.
For those who have not heard of this film, here is the story. It was a dark
and stormy night. A doctor is trying to make a house call, and catches sight
of a completely naked Rita Calderoni. He then hears a crash, goes to
investigate, and finds her unconscious in the driver's seat. He takes her to
his car, but when it won't start, he heads (all together now) to a dark and
sinister castle. Once inside, he enters a room, and encounters (in the first of
the new footage) two women having sex in a chair, and a man and a women
having sex, including explicit fellatio. Another room contains an
ugly guy with a knife in his throat. Then the doctor finds the same woman that
is still unconscious in his car, but dressed differently. The next morning,
the woman from the car also shows up at the castle, and meets a different
version of the doctor. Seems this castle is owned by Satan, and the dark sides
of both characters are also in the house, along with other horny and kinky
residents. The ending is roughly as silly and bewildering as the rest of the
Highlights include a preposterous giant papier-mâché spider with pipe
cleaner legs, the bloody whipping scene, the ol' big toe in the vagina trick,
and lots of real and simulated sex.
The Sodemented Cinema version includes both an English and an
Italian audio track and optional subtitles in English, Dutch and French. The DVD is an
all-region PAL, and sports a nice letterboxed transfer at the original theatrical
ratio of 2.36:1.
Scoop's notes: Two links.
(1) The first is the Wikipedia entry for the eternally inept writer/director
Luigi_Batzella, the "Italian Ed Wood," and a dude so weird and
cryptic that his biographers can even agree about what his real name was. It seems difficult to
believe if you have ever seen this film, but it is widely considered to be his
best, far and away. It would be a perfect candidate for MST3000 if they ever do
an X-rated version.
(2) Then there is an amusing
Movie House Review, written many years ago by The Realist, a former
contributor, and one of only four people ever to have written an issue of The
Funhouse. (He was a low-level UT professor who was a neighbor of mine. He wrote about 60 issues during one
summer in the 1990s. I haven't heard much from him since he moved to New
England for a full professorship, but I now play volleyball quite often with his younger brother! The
other three you know. Scoopy Junior and I have written about 2000 issues apiece.
Tuna wrote 10-20 at the turn of the millennium.)
Mascitti has a graphic lesbian sex with Rita Calderoni, gets whipped, and
eventually gets stabbed with a nasty knife. Calderoni, Mascitti and at least
two other women show
everything in close-up detail.
My old images, made from a VHS version and lightly reworked, are included