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New York Ripper [Blu-ray]

Jack Hedley , Almanta Suska , Lucio Fulci    Unrated   Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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Italian shock maven Lucio Fulci directed this effort, undoubtedly one of his seediest and most offensive films. A serial killer prowls the streets of New York, preying strictly on women and butchering them in the most sadistic ways (usually starting at the crotch). The cops are always several steps behind the killer, who uses a Donald Duck voice to taunt them (and his prospective victims) over the phone. It's all pretty misogynistic, violent, and brutal, and adds up to an unsavory viewing experience. That said, the plot hangs together fairly well (better than in much of the giallo genre), and Fulci's camera work and editing are topnotch. The director's sense of color and shot composition are in line with much of contemporaries Dario Argento and Mario Bava's work (the color red in particular dominates much of the movie). As with Argento's work, an unassuming woman, caught up in circumstances, turns out to be the film's heroine. Also, it's interesting that both in this film and in Don't Torture a Duckling, Fulci uses Donald Duck as a sort of bizarre totem of shattered innocence and tragedy. Still, Fulci uses his camera here in such a leering, lascivious way that it reinforces the film's oppressive sleaziness and sadism. Fans of Italian horror won't be disappointed with The New York Ripper, but be advised that the movie's overriding unpleasantness makes it an acquired taste at best. --Jerry Renshaw

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Start Spreading The News....... July 31 2003
As you'll read numerous times over, this is Fulci's most unpleasant , sleazy and ugly film. I think there's two reasons for this: 1) It's all centered in the real world as opposed to the supernatural world Fulci is known for, thus losing the fantasy element. 2) Alot of sex. If someone's not having sex or prancing around naked, there's always some sexual undercurrent going on, making this quite sleazy. In my opinion, the most disgusting scene being, not one of violence, but a game of "footsie" that seems to go on for ten minutes. This part is really bizarre, surreal, and just plain yucky. Yeah, we all know the plot: A sadistic serial killer(is there any other kind?) slices women up into olive loaf, taunts hard boiled detective, tra-la, tra-la. The plot's nothing new, but this is Fulci, people! Which means you get all the trademark gore from his supernatural horrors transplanted to a slasher flick. You also get all the bad dubbing, acting and funky tunes translated too. Basically, if you like his other stuff, you'll like this coz it's still a gory Fulci horror flick-it's certainly not gonna appeal to anyone else! There's a pretty crazy scene when our "duck" killer is slicing up a woman tied to a bed. This is pretty whack! Does Fulci shy away from the carnage and let your mind fill in the gaps? Nosiree, Bob! He just lets you sit back and watch the killer drag a razor blade across the poor girl's eye! Yikes! Sure it looks fake as hell, but it's what it represents that counts. I'm willing to bet by the feel of this film that Fulci's girlfriend must have left him around this time or something, coz he doesn't seem to like women too much here. This film comes across as a way of lashing out or something. Sure it's very juvenile and Type O Negative-ish, but it does make for an entertaining movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fulci June 22 2004
I dont know why this movie is bashed and made fun of. In my opinion, its classic italian horror. Its contraversial subject matter, and not to mention, overall violence make it something great. I wouldn't call it a basic slasher. It goes beyond that. Its psychological elements also show that it has something of a storyline (unlike most other italian gore epics). So what if the killer talks like a duck. It amused me, anyway...
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i have seen several Fulci movies and have been shocked by something in each one. In "The New York Ripper," i was somewhat disappointed. Part of it, i think, is that i saw it took place in New York City, and was expecting New York actors and well written English dialogue, instead of the poor dubbing that is associated with his movies. That was probably my fault for expecting that from an Italian director. However, that aside, i found the murder and gore to be sub-par compared to the things i've seen in "Zombie," "City of the Living Dead," and even the apparently horribly butchered version of "The Beyond" i own entitled "Seven Doors of Death." With this movie, what i was really hoping to find was a gritty, more reality-based Fulci movie with the same brutal viciousness and gore offered by his other more supernatural-themed movies. However, what it lacked in gore it more than made up for with blatant misogyny, which was ever-present and strong throughout this movie, ensuring to stroke the woman-hater in all of us. (What, "there's no woman-hater in [you]," you say? Right, and michael jackson only had two nose jobs.) i guess Fulci was trying to focus more on sexual excess and perversion that can sometimes be a prominent aspect of human nature, than on the excessive gore that typified his movies in this one, but it just didn't really seem to work very well.
Overall, the characters are as shallow as in any of his movies, the plot is somewhat hackneyed, and the gore is not nearly what i had come to expect from a Lucio Fulci movie. However, it did have its moments, such as the razor blade bisecting the nipple, and is definitely worth the watch and probably the purchase too, especially for the Fulci fan, as well as any other disturbed individuals who enjoy gorging themselves on violence and the humiliation and degradation of other people, namely women (not that i condone that sort of thing.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Newsflash: Serial Killing Isn't Picking Diasies June 28 2002
Sometimes it seems that Lucio, one of the better gore/horror directors to have ever graced the screen, and his releases, ranging from Zombie, The Beyond, Demonia, The New Gladiators, Four of the Apocalypse, can't get a break. Well, The New York Ripper, overly wrought with commentary about unpleasantry that "shocks" and an "overriding unpleasantness (that) makes it an acquired taste at best," is no exception to the bias rule. Railroaded by critics for a sadistic approach to serial killing (and leaving me to wonder when serial killing became a flower picking contest in the process) and then banned by most international venues except in the most butchered formats, this exceptionally brutal film mingles many facets together to paint a bleak rendition of what drives men to murder.
We are given the oddities of a serial killer that chooses a Donald Ducklike voice (which is later explained in the movie) as he vents his anger on the unsuspecting female population of New York and plays mind games with the detective supposedly hot on his trail. Filled with razor blades slicing through varied body parts, throats meeting unfortunate demises, people acquiring unfortunate limps, and an almost sad ending, this movies meets the criteria of something pleasantly contrived.
If you adhere to the opinions of the general public, then perhaps the horror of Field of Dreams would be more to your liking. On the other hand, if you enjoy a fully uncut presentation of gore and serial killing, you'll love this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Better Slashers From the Early '80s
Filmed at the height of the early '80 slasher craze and released in 1982, "The New York Ripper" is actually one of the genre's most intelligent, well-written and... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Kasey G
5.0 out of 5 stars The New York Ripper dvd
What a great movie of luci fulci i dont want to give say anymore thats up to you to me a watch this dvd at night time it makes it more scary and gruesome and gore fans.
Published on Jan. 30 2012 by kirk
1.0 out of 5 stars suxs!
had this movie for a month,only watched it once i hated,it worse lucio one i seen,and i like his movies,was very dull,kills suxed,and the killer laughs like a damn duck,i was... Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2008 by Jey Bugden
1.0 out of 5 stars Donald Duck on a killing spree!
I simply cannot understand why Lucio Fulci has many devoted fans. So far I've seen The house by the cemetary, Manhattan baby, Zombie, City of the living dead and this one. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by O. B. Tryggvason
4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise
This was a surprising Fulci movie to watch. Of course the dubbing is something not worthwhile, but the acting is surprisingly good. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2003 by Damien Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Not 'depraved', just a bit dull.
And badly dubbed. This was my first Fulci movie, and I know they're SUPPOSED to be badly dubbed, but I found I couldn't even enjoy this one according to the 'so bad it's good'... Read more
Published on June 12 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Misogynistic, sleazy low point for Fulci
I could hardly stand to watch this garbage. A serial killer bumps off attractive women (they're Italian, so attractiveness is almost a given) with various bladed implements, while... Read more
Published on May 29 2003 by Russell A Shiley
2.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE LUCIO FULCI...BUT....
You can't win them all. After seeing this film... that was all I could think of. I was very dissapointed with this film after seeing his VERY TALENTED, "ZOMBIE. Read more
Published on July 1 2002 by Ray
2.0 out of 5 stars Quack
Sleazy best describes this Fulci slasher about a madman running around New York City killing people (especially pretty ladies) in loving, graphic detail. Read more
Published on May 28 2002 by N. P. Stathoulopoulos
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