The Young, the Evil and the Savage

The Young, the Evil and the Savage (Italian: Nude... si muore, lit. 'Naked... you die') is a 1968 Italian giallo film directed by Antonio Margheriti.[5][4]

The Young, the Evil and the Savage
Italian film poster
Directed byAntonio Margheriti
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story byGiovanni Simonelli[2]
Based on[3]
Music byCarlo Savina[2]
CinematographyFausto Zuccoli[2]
Edited byOtello Colangeli[2]
  • Super International Pictures
  • B.G.A.[2]
Distributed byD.I.F.N.E.[3]
Release date
  • 20 February 1968 (1968-02-20) (Italy)
Running time
98 minutes[3]


A woman is drowned in a bathtub and then placed in a trunk that lands in a pickup truck that goes to St. Hilda College. Among the teachers is a newcomer, Mrs. Clay, a science teacher. In addition there is a young teacher, Richard Barrett, a diving instructor, and the college gardener La Foret. At the institute there are only seven girls, as the others are on vacation. Arrived at the destination, the trunk is brought to the basement. Soon one of the girls, Betty Ann, who had gone to the basement, is strangled and taken away. The search for the missing girl begins. Jill claims she died and was killed by the gardener. All girls are told not to leave the rooms, but one, Lucille, has an appointment with her teacher Richard, with whom she has an affair. Nevertheless, Lucille decides to go out and goes to a small house on a hill, where she discovers Betty Ann's body and runs away. She meets Richard and tells him everything. When they return, Betty Ann's body is gone. Lucille is desperate to leave school and so Richard advises her to pack three in the pool and wait for him. Lucille returns to boarding school, and while she takes a shower, the gardener spies on her from a tree. She notices strange movements on the plant and returns to the frightened room. Another girl, Cynthia, takes a shower and is killed in front of the gardener. But this time Jill finds the body and the police are called. Shortly after the agents arrive, the gardener is killed. Lucille wants to escape because she believes Cynthia was accidentally killed in her place. Meanwhile, he entrusts himself to his girlfriend Denise and tells her about the date with Richard at the pool. As she has to be questioned by the police, she asks her friend to go to her place. Denise accepts and is attacked by the killer, but Jill, who has followed her, manages to let him run away. The police dogs finally find the body of Betty Ann. In the end, the girl finds him, but when he wants to go up, the man is pushed down the stairs. The killer reveals himself: it's Pierre, Lucille's cousin, who disguised himself as Mrs. Clay to capture the legacy and blame it on the real Mrs. Clay hiding in the trunk, and then stage her suicide. Pierre wounds Richard, but is killed by Inspector Durand. So tranquility returns to college and Lucille and Richard end up together.



The Young, the Evil and the Savage was originally developed as a project for Mario Bava.[5]


The Young, the Evil and the Savage premiered in Rome in 1968 as Nude ... si muore.[4] It opened in New York as on August 14, 1968, where it released by American International Pictures on a double bill with Witchfinder General (1968).[4][6]


  1. "Nude... si muore (1968)". Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  2. "Nude... si muore (1967)" (in Italian). Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  3. Lucas 2007, p. 712.
  4. "The Young, the Evil and the Savage". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 3, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  5. Curti 2015, p. 195.
  6. Stafford, Jeff. "The Conqueror Worm". TCM. Retrieved 9 June 2019.


  • Curti, Roberto (2015). Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1957–1969. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-1989-7.
  • Lucas, Tim (2007). Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark. Video Watchdog. ISBN 0-9633756-1-X.

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