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 sadi... more »stic 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« less
"When I first read the reviews about "The New York Ripper" it definitely sounded like a movie that the avid gore hound should check out. Well I couldn't find it anywhere. So I decided to buy it.
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."
A masterpiece in slasher films. Long live Fulci!
J. Blake Fichera | New York, NY | 10/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is very unique for horror master Lucia Fulci. One of few slasher films that the artist made, this masterpiece takes the viewer through a "who done it" rollarcoatser, Fulci style. As with all Fulci films, it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end, and then leave you a little confused. Of course, as Fulci's trade mark, the film has great gore effects. Now uncut and in widescreen the film is even better."
A slasher flick with b@lls
man_invisible | Dork, PA | 11/09/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, let's try to remember a time when slasher movies weren't so en vogue that Hollywood cranked out a new one every week. Let's try to remember a time when every slasher movie DIDN'T have a fresh, artificially pretty teenage hunk/starlet in the lead role. Let's remember that Fulci was one of the most underrated Italian horror directors out there, and his work was often misunderstood by the masses."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."
Don't get tortured by this duckling
C. Christopher Blackshere | I am the devil's reject | 07/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This duck don't give a f#$%! We've got lots of blood, nudity, and a Donald Duck sounding slasher. Just some nice trashy cinema for the fellas. Nothing too deep, just high impact violence and sex like only Fulci can give you. Lots of rippin quack quack
Lots of slashin quack quack
Sleaze quack please quack don't hold back Brutality in all its shocking beauty"
Guaranteed to make you squirm.
Puzzle box | Kuwait | 06/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The New York Ripper was a great Italian horror film from Lucio Fulci, the film was filled with plenty of gruesome death scenes and lots of sleaze, sex and nudity in fact its probably one of the sleaziest Italian horror flicks I've ever seen. The film was also out of stock for a while so I was glad when I heard about the good news, it was finally being re-released by Blue Underground they've been doing a great job lately, the picture quality was great with no grains and it's completely uncut with a widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio looking and sounding better than ever. The New York Ripper was also notorious for being banned in the U.K. and it was included in the video nasties list, this is easily one of Lucio Fulci's darkest and goriest films out there (O.K. maybe not THE goriest, I still think that Cat In The Brain holds that title), there is one scene that was quite sick and perverse thats guaranteed to make you squirm, yes I'm talking about the "Golden Toes" scene WTF!!!. When an old man finds a prostitute's severed hand under the Brooklyn Bridge the police decide to do a little investigating. It seems that the victim was heard speaking to a strange duck-voiced man. As the murders add up the police detective who's investigating the case recruits a psychology professor to help find out who this Donald Duck voiced maniac could be, theres also a subplot involving a woman (Alessandra Delli Colli from Dr. Butcher M.D.) who enjoys being perverse and records her exploits on a tape recorder for her husband, there was also a bit of suspense which was nicely done by Fulci I was actually surprised by this, I was expecting a lot of badly edited and shot sequences but there weren't that many in this film. This is a typical Fulci flick which means that the plot gets thinner during the course of the film and the bad acting which was adequate especially for this type of film could have been better but thats not important, if your a hardcore Fulci or exploitation fan then you'll obviously love this as the death scenes were quite brutal and very nasty it includes nipple slicing, a face being carved up and mutilated, a young woman being stabbed with a large knife in her vagina and ripped open etc. this is definetely NOT a date movie unless your date was a psychotic maniac ;-), this is obviously not going to appeal to those who are easily offended or those who have a weak stomach so you have been warned. The New York Ripper was done in the early 80's and it was made during the period when Lucio Fulci was still making good movies as he previously made his classic zombie films The Beyondand City of the Living Dead, the film was nicely shot using different locations in N.Y. and some seedier places like the xxx theaters and sleazy motels. I have to admit that I really liked this film alot and it was one of Fulci's best, while not a classic like Zombi 2 (25th Anniversary Special Edition 2-Disc Set) it was still great and enjoyable. Hats of to Blue Underground for releasing a classic sleazy Lucio Fulci film and making it available, I highly recommend this and two thumbs up QUACK!!! ;-)."