The New York Ripper

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Movie Info

A homicidal madman's vendetta against promiscuous women is taken to grisly extremes on the streets of Manhattan.

Cast & Crew

Jack Hedley
Lt. Fred Williams
Paolo Malco
Dr. Paul Davis
Howard Ross
Mickey Scellenda
Alexandra Delli Colli
Jane Forrester Lodge
Lucio Fulci
Screenwriter
Francesco De Masi
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Luigi Kuveiller
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Massimo Lentini
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Critic Reviews for Lo Squartatore di New York (The New York Ripper)

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Audience Reviews for Lo Squartatore di New York (The New York Ripper)

  • Oct 25, 2014
    Fulci tries the slasher genre with abysmal results. This is just a very wrong movie, with very little humor, gore, character development and just drags on forever without going anywhere. Influenced by Argento, he tried to give us a nice thriller without relying too much on his atmosphere and gore. It just doesn't work. Add plenty of misogyny and this is a total flop.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2011
    The New York Ripper is one of Lucio Fulci's last great films. What I love about this film is that it's a drastic departure from Fulci's previous Gates Of Hell Trilogy which started with The Beyond followed by The House By The Cemetery and concluded with City Of The Living Dead. The New York Ripper is a mix between detective fiction and slasher film. Lucio Fulci's The New York Ripper is an underrated film from the godfather of gore. But it's understandable as to why it is viewed as garbage. The film is not for the faint of heart, as it's sexually violent, obscene in some parts. But there are a few well constructed scenes of tension and horror. Though Fulci's glory days were behind him at this point of his career. He managed to direct an intense slasher film that makes Friday The 13th look like a Disney film. Fulci's use of gore is relentless and he delivers it in spades. The film was marketed with the tagline: "The most controversial movie ever made". Well, it's definitely one of the most disturbing of the slasher films out there. Fulci fans will love it, common viewers will despise it, and dismiss it. The New York Ripper is an intense slasher film that is in the same category as William Lustig's Maniac! If you love slasher films of the 1980's, and don't mind hardcore violence or mind it, but want to see a terrific slasher film thats been long forgotten, then The New York Ripper is one film that takes no prisoners. One of the most violent films of Lucio Fulci's career, and if you're familiar with Fulci, then that says something about this film.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2011
    This movie does a very good job at keeping the killer's identity a mystery up until the very end, and the gore is really realistic for the most part, but I didn't like how sad the ending was. Overall, it's a pretty good horror mystery, but it could have been a lot better.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2010
    Without doubt, the goriest, most misogynistic, most depressing giallo I have ever had the displeasure of seeing, and probably the most idiotic too. No one would ever accuse the giallo - a genre whose ingenuity begins and ends with the object of keeping a killer's identity under wraps for as long as possible - of possessing a surfeit of logic and plausibility. Even so, Fulci takes the biscuit here; no wonder he has a criminal psychologist on hand to explain away the extraordinary behaviour of his characters. Take for instance the poor unfortunate gigolo, falsely accused of being a homicidal maniac, who decides to throw the police off his scent by acting just like a homicidal maniac! Good thinking, Batman. There are one or two good ideas here and there - in particular, a momentarily disorientating scene where we become fearful for the safety of a character whose apparent murder we have just witnessed seconds before - but Fulci isn't a talented enough director to make anything of them. Never the biggest fans of sexualised violence, I think I'm right in saying the British Board of Film Classification have yet to pass the uncut version of this movie. Ordinarily I would be grumbling about censorship right about now, but in this case the British public should really be thanking the BBFC for making a bad movie shorter.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer

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