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Fear City (1984)

Strippers in Manhattan are being stalked and maimed by a psycho-killer. A conflicted ex-boxer-turned-talent-manager and his business partner and friend, who represent some of the girls, set out to find him before he strikes again.

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In New York City, a psycho killer is stalking and randomly slashing and killing strippers working in various nightclubs. Matt Rossi is a former boxer trying to escape his past whom is currently employed at a talent agency which caters exotic dancers to the mafia-controlled strip clubs all over Manhattan. Matt and his business partner, Nicky, are relentlessly dogged by Al Wheeler, a persistent police detective on the case of the murdered strippers, and hoping to find something to nail both Matt and Nicky on. Matt is trying to reconcile with his former flame, Loretta, whom also works as a dancer and has a off-again, on-again drug problem. With the police constantly hounding them, and under pressure from his mob boss and other bosses to do something, Matt must somehow face his inner demons to find the killer before he strikes again. Written by Anonymous

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... where the night belongs to the girls. Everyone is watching them ... but someone is waiting for them. Now everyone is living it ... Fear City See more »


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The film was originally made by 20th Century-Fox, but they decided that it had too much nudity, sex, violence and drug references for them, so they sold it to the independent Aquarius Releasing. See more »

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Al Wheeler: [as Rossi drives off] There's nothing I hate more than guineas in Cadillacs.
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Referenced in Night City (2015) See more »

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Performed by The Gunchback Boogie Band
Music and Lyrics by V. Jackson, A. Bayyan, M Muhammad, T. Johnson and I. Ross
Published by Phylmor/Torin/Amirful/Sun-N-Child/Atag/Isidro
Courtesy of Prelude Records
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One of Ferrara's early efforts
10 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Fear City is Abel Ferrara's and Nicholas St. John's work which deals again with the theme of morality and the lack of it and searching for it. Usually people tend not to like this film and maybe it is because the message is pretty hard to get through the ugly street life settings and disturbing violence. The film has to be seen in its uncut form, and many versions available are censored more or less. The film deals again with the subject matter of what's right and what's wrong and there is again a strong religious content in the film but not as strong as in Bad Lieutenant. The end scene in the alley is masterful, unforgettable and violent and it crystallizes the main character's motivations and his "peace of mind" when he found God and spoke to him. This is definitely not some slasher or horror pick even though there is a murderer in the film. Fans of the great Abel and Nicholas will like this film and it is as challenging, important and beautiful as the other work by those film makers.

I give this definitely 9 out of ten and highly recommended for the fans of art cinema!


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