Film #242: SOTTO IL VESTITO NIENTE aka NOTHING UNDERNEATH
Sotto Il Vestito Niente (aka Nothing Underneath)
2 out of 5 stars
You gotta give it up to Donald Pleasence. He will appear in literally ANYTHING and still give it a level of credence. Take NOTHING UNDERNEATH for example… In this, he sports a credible Italian accent and does his level best to play Sgt. Exposition, doing little else but explaining what everyone’s just seen. Made in 1985, this wannabe giallo bears all of the blemishes of the Eighties (bad clothes, bi-level haircuts on women, dopey electronic music) and commit’s the crime of breaking the primary rule of the genre: keep the murders interesting. Instead, director Carlo Vanzina decides - for some hair-brained reason - to put 90% of the blood-letting OFFSCREEN. Oh, well… On the plus side, the women in the film are stunning and there’s LOTS of nudity. So, there’s that. However, the male lead (Tom Shanley) is absolutely terrible. He is so wooden that even the furniture emotes more than he does and watching him do something simple like smoke a cigarette is a joke. In the end, NOTHING UNDERNEATH is a minor footnote in the giallo subgenre and it’s worth the rental only as an example of the kinds of these films that were being made in that decade.