The New York Ripper

The New York Ripper

Director: Lucio Fulci Cast: Jack Hedley, Almanta Keller, Paolo Malco

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Jack Hedley of The Anniversary stars as a hardbitten police lieutenant tracking a sadistic sex-killer in this gruesome thriller from splatter-maven Lucio Fulci. The misogynistic script (by Fulci and prolific collaborators Gianfranco Clerici and Vincenzo Mannino) posits a femme-hating psycho (who talks like Donald Duck) slashing beautiful women with a switchblade and a straight-razor because his daughter is in the hospital and will never grow up to be beautiful. Fulci was apparently trying to work in a statement about American competitiveness by making his heroine (Antonella Interlenghi) an aspiring Olympic athlete, and having a killer who is concerned that his daughter will never be "the best," but the point gets lost amidst the buckets of blood and gratuitously kinky sex scenes. Pandering to the lowest common denominator as never before in his career, Fulci showed with this blatant play for the sicko slasher crowd that the days of well-plotted, stylish Italian horror were gone, replaced with the most vicious sort of sexual violence and perversion. Despite all of that, there is one fairly masterful sequence in which the suspect's S&M sex partner learns his identity from a radio broadcast and must untie herself and escape while he sleeps. This scene is tense and nerve-wracking, a high-point of genuine fear amidst a nauseating collage of metal blades slicing female flesh. A shameful piece of work that makes Mario Landi's Giallo a Venezia look positively liberated, it co-stars Renato Rossini, Andrea Occhipinti, and Paolo Malco, with cult figures Alessandra Delli Colli, Daniela Doria, and Barbara Cupisti on the chopping block. Cinematographer Luigi Kuveiller, editor Vincenzo Tomassi, and composer Francesco De Masi have all done better work.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/25/2019
UPC: 0827058802598
Original Release: 1982
Source: Blue Underground
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 8,838

Special Features

Audio commentary with Troy Howarth, author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films The Art of Killing - interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti Three Fingers of Violence - interview with star Howard Ross The Second Victim - interview with co-star Cinzia de Ponti The Broken Bottle Murder - interview with co-star Zora Kerova "I'm an Actress!" - 2009 interview with co-star Zora Kerova The Beauty Killer - interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci Paint Me Blood Red - interview with poster artist Enzo Sciotti NYC locations then and now Theatrical trailer Poster & still gallery

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The New York Ripper
1. Main Titles/Brooklyn Bridge Girl
2. Staten Island Ferry
3. Coroner's Report
4. Live Sex Show Death
5. Call From A Killer
6. Under The Table
7. Subway Scare
8. Hospital Nightmare
9. Man Missing Two Fingers
10. Sleeping With The Enemy
11. Caught On Tape
12. Left Alone
13. A Special Offering
14. The Motive
15. Kill Or Be Killer
16. End Credits

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