Lo Squartatore di New York (The New York Ripper) Reviews
Other than that, a typically schlocky senseless 80's slasher flick. The bicycle chick that he kills on the ferry was pretty hot tho.
I don't really know what I can say about this movie that hasn't been said or what most people interested in this movie don't already know. Yes, the killer has a duck voice. It's hilarious, but somehow works. This movie isn't for everyone. It's brutal and is not the kind of movie a feminist would ever want to watch, but if you enjoy Fulci movies (and if you aren't sure, don't start here) then you'll enjoy this one too. It's one of his better movies.
The maestro never had an easy life and his personal problems slowly bled into his work over time. Suffering from diabetes and blacklisted from the Italian film industry for several years, Fulci's demure once impassioned anti-clerical moralist became corroded into something resembling self-deflating anarchism. The film which defined this transition in attitude and purpose for Fulci was of course Zombie Flesh Eaters. The success or more so the infamy of this masterwork gave Fulci, a known gambler, the motivation to shift gears from socially conscious thrillers to audience assaulting visions of hell; the latter of course Fulci is most well known for.
This unsung promise he made with his audience to deliver more and more outlandish flesh tearing FX is what made his name, but also eventually what destroyed him. An obvious atheist, evident from his attacks on the church and his bleak salvation plan bating portrayals of the afterlife, it is my opinion that Fulci felt a severe antagonisation towards the culture he lived in, something i myself can deeply relate to, and so made it his mission once the industry re-embraced him to express the uncertainty of life in the most aggravating ways possible, which included vandalising frequently the bodily temple as well as portraying hypocrisy as not an occasional moral slip, but more so a social institution.
All this need to furore Fulci felt just so much happened to collide with a slasher script set in New York. The result became so much more; a savage attack on American society in which the weakening of the soul and clogging of the heart is inescapable, not just common place. The script's target might have been American competitiveness, but no aspect of civilisation is spared from Fulci's hellish prophecy. A rich socialite combats the void inside her through sexual experimentation, an embittered detective uses a prostitute to fill his, a gigolo dies a miserable asphyxiation suicide on staten island when wrongly framed for murder and a physicist would rather unleash his anger on others over his dying daughter rather than combat it internally. Common products of a nation founded by outcasts, run by affluence and kept in line through fear of their fellow man.
Lastly and most importantly, it is Fulci's complete devotion to the fantastical nihilism of the story which makes Ripper something very special, a pathway through the harshest flames of social alienation and existential angst with the gore fanning the flames occasionally with OTT sadist galore.
Be warned, those looking for gore will get your fill as well. But you'll also be asked to question your own fascination with the dark side. Enter this film thinking you're above it, it's views and its revelations and it will come to haunt you when you're least expecting or accepting. Trust me, you're in for hell if you think you can laugh and just leave it at that. This is the abyss within us all and you can't hide from it. This is The New York Ripper, essential viewing, the one true sadist video.
I will venture that not everything is meant to be taken completely seriously here. From the mortician/doctor who blares music from his headphones while performing autopsies to the practical rape of a woman with a mans foot to the quaking killer, there are a lot of off kilter set pieces in play. The horrible aspect is the brutality of the subject matter. This is all very odd and subversive.
This is not nearly the gorgeous surrealist film that Fulci is more than capable of producing yet in its way it has a lot to say. The ending is an astonishing twist that makes the rest of this hectic feast feel like a heady distraction. Gotta say I didn't see that coming, but I would have, if the execution had been different.
A lot of viewers will likely see this movie as a piece of garbage, either they will be offended or they will find it pretentious and stupid- possibly a mixture of both. I admire Fulci for just not caring. Truth this one is not, in my opinion his best, and certainly not for everyone, nothing wrong with that.
Fulci and I mesh just fine most of the time, as I am always on the outlook for odd and unique. This film certainly does fill that vein.
A killer is on the loose in New York killing young beautiful women in a gruesome fashion. The plot doesn't deepen much more than this though the film tends to render to psychological and sexual themes that are tense, disturbing and ludicrous all at once.
If you enjoy crazy, controversial, cheesy movies or if that sounds even mildly appealing you may have a little fun here. Otherwise watch something a bit more stable.
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The film itself I would say is above average for its genre, which I guess it means that in our dimension is pretty horrid. Any claims that the genre is not 'misogynistic' are hard to accept. Women don't just get killed, they suffer longer and in more gratuitous ways. Dialogue is bad, acting is bad, music, surprisingly, is rubbish. There are good New York shots, and a satisfying amount of gore. I didn't find this film boring at all, maybe at the beginning a bit, but it soon evolves into a nice mystery. For giallo fans this is good enough for a viewing at least. The rest should stay away.
Very well done, and quite enjoyable if you are into giallo or euro-sleaze