Monday, September 20, 2010

The New York Ripper

The New York Ripper 1982
Director: Lucio Fulci
Writers: Gianfranco Clerici, Lucio Fulci, Vincenzo Manning and Dardano Sacchetti
Starring Jack Hedley, Howard Ross, Andrea Occhipinti, Alexandra Delli Colli, Paolo Malco, Cinzia de Ponti and Cosimio Cinieri
Lucio Fulci is well known for his grisly and blood thirsty films and this one may be his most grisly. There is some very graphic violence done to women in this film and it might not be for every ones sensibilities. This is a film that tells a captivating immoral story as well that really captures the sleaziness of Times Square New York in the mid 80’s. The film is kind of like a time capsule in that respect. This is a brutal film that if you are a fan of sleazy exploitation it will be right up your alley. It is loaded with many sex scenes and the violence against women is very brutal and it can be viewed as a misogynistic film. What makes it all the bizarre is the ludicrousness of the killer using a Donald Duck like voice. The acting is pretty solid and the cast is quite good with some definitely attractive women to ogle in the film. The twist at the end is not too hard to figure out but is not blatantly obvious either. This is definitely one of the top films in my opinion of the Fulci canon.
The plot basics are this, there is a serial killer stalking around the Times Square are of New York City who talks like a duck when he tantalizes the police. The head detective in the case (Hedley) teams up with a college psychotherapist (Malco) to hunt down this deranged killer before he strikes again. It seems as if this killer will never be sated as they find more mutilated bodies. It does appear though the killer is closer than it appears to be and one wonders if they will be too late to save the next victim.
This is a suspenseful and gory film. Fulci’s direction is very good, his eye with the camera has a leering aspect to it. As if you should not be watching this mayhem but yet here you are. The scene of the nipple mutilation is one of those scenes that is horrifying yet you cannot help but look at it. The script is decent but it is really only there to support the gore and grisly deaths you see on the film. Though I do get a kick out of the Donald Duck talking killer. The cast is quite good. Hedley and Malco have a great chemistry together. De Ponit was one of the best victims in the film too; it was quite a treat seeing her getting sliced up. The SFX and make up effects were done tremendously well. I especially liked the nipple slicing scene. The score by Francesco De Masi is quite sleazy and really suits the ambience of the film. This is definitely the sleaziest of Fulci’s films but nevertheless a fun one to watch and therefore one of my favorites.
This one gets 5 out of 5

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