The New York Ripper [Blu-ray]
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While I don't believe it is Lucio fulci's best movie I did find it to be pretty good. It is nothing like his other films with zombies and other creatures from the depths of hell. "The New York Ripper" deals with a maniacal psychopath that slices and dices his way through The Big Apple. Of course being a Fulci film you can expect the usual terrible acting and horrible dubbing, which always makes me laugh, and yes the killer quacks like a duck but the killing scenes are in typical Fulci fashion (GORY!) A woman getting gutted, a broken bottle shoved into the forbidden area, a nice straight blade through a helpless victims eyeball and nipple, and an impressive head shot at the end of the film.
You've heard all the other reviews. The film is seedy, it is misogynistic, violent, brutal and there's plenty of T&A to satifsy fans of the flesh. I found it to be well worth adding to my collection. If you haven't seen a Fulci film before may I suggest "Zombie", "The Beyond" or "City of the Living Dead". If you have seen Fulci films before check out "The New York Ripper". All in all not a bad murder mystery.
"The New York Ripper" is a slasher film that--upon initial inspection--is mean-spirited, very violent, and misogynistic. But if you view it few times, the plot becomes clearer and the film feels less contrived. The story is quite simple--psycho killer stalks and kills pretty girls--but there are many complicated details and subtle clues that make the slasher's identity a mystery up until the end.
Out of all Fulci's films, this one probably has the most unsettling violence, and there are spots where things drag a bit. But stick with it, and you'll be able to recall a time when slasher films--and horror movies in general--were much more daring than they are now.
[Lo Squartatore di New York]
(Italy - 1982)
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Techniscope)
Theatrical soundtrack: Mono
It's virtually impossible to defend THE NEW YORK RIPPER on any level - the film's up-front misogyny provides director Lucio Fulci with the flimsiest of excuses for several landmark splatter scenes in which beautiful women are stabbed, slashed and razored to death in graphic, lingering detail. Abandoning the Gothic fantasy of his 'Golden Period' (1979-1982) which spawned such miniature gems as ZOMBIE and THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, Fulci's grim examination of the sexual excesses of contemporary New York follows a stereotypically hard-boiled cop (Jack Hedley) in pursuit of a psychopathic killer who's been murdering a succession of women in the Big Apple, most of whom are depicted as prostitutes or depraved sluts with a taste for rough trade. Yeah, it's that kind of a movie...
Despite a mild twist near the end which throws the killer's identity wide open, the plot has few of the intricacies normally associated with the giallo thriller and instead relies on splashy set-pieces to maintain forward momentum. Luigi Kuveiller's hand-held camerawork evokes an appropriately realistic milieu whilst also making the film looked rushed and sloppy (this is the same guy who photographed Argento's baroque masterwork DEEP RED!), while the cast does its best with the ungainly dialogue and amateurish dubbing. The standout is Alessandra Delli Colli, playing the beautiful wife of a rich cripple who records her sexual adventures on audio tape for her husband's pleasure, until she finds herself tied to a bed beside a man who may (or may not) be the killer!Read more ›
The first time I saw this flick, I had to close my eyes in several parts-it is that gory. Some of the things Fulci shows in detail in this movie have never and probably will never be shown again in popular film.
In short, there is not much plot...a duck-quacking loony is slashing women. But if you love horror, this one is well worth seeing for sure. Just make sure there is no one home that could possibly be offended...because if they walk in while you're watching this, I guarantee you they'll be offended.
Along with THE BEYOND and CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, this is one of Fulci's masterpieces. It is surreal is the scariest possible way. In Fulci's films, logic doesn't always exist and I'd have it no other way. Logic = comfort and predictability. Fulci turns our world upside down by showing us just how unstable reality can be. Now, in NEW YORK RIPPER, reality is a bit more intact but the human psyche is not. In Fulci's New York, people are crazy and/or perverted as hell.
This movie is SLEAZY. Take the sleaze factor of CRUISING and times it by ten. No, times it by twenty. It'll make you feel dirty.
I'm reluctant to call this a giallo being this was made during the later period of the genre and it's more influenced by slasher flicks than the murder-mysteries of the late 60s/early 70s. But even for a slasher film, this is brutal, sadistic, and unsettling. The fact that we see a lot of the killing in POV of the quacking killer (yes, the killer quacks like donald duck), is even more discomforting.
Why does the killer quack like a duck? There's a reason and it does make sense. Those who complain about it are those who are stuck in their Jason Vorhees/Michael Myers box. Killers have to be silent and stalk around. No. Some psychokillers are crazed maniacs who babble and speak. This killer is HUMAN and he's killing out of a psychological need for.... Well, you'll find out.
Sleazy. Creepy. Nightmarish. Fulci's New York.
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I bought the uncut version of The New York Ripper a few years ago watched it, didn't think a whole lot of it and threw it in a box in the spare room with all the other DVD's I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adamo
2 words... Lucio Fulci. His name says it all. A legend of horror movies for sure. 5 stars!Published 4 months ago by lickenhaffenfillypassenbeck
The New York Ripper is a slasher unlike anything put out by a American Producer/Director it's hardcore and in many ways doesn't pull any punches
It's a time capsule of the... Read more
Fine movie and the Blue Underground edition is not afraid of showing all its gore, truly brutal.Published 12 months ago by JairHCastillo
the only film by this noted director I like . good story .Published 13 months ago by horror movie man
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