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The New York Ripper (1982)

Lo squartatore di New York (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 31 July 1987 (USA)
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A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city.

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Gianfranco Clerici (story), Vincenzo Mannino (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hedley ... Lt. Fred Williams
Almanta Suska ... Fay Majors (as Almanta Keller)
Howard Ross Howard Ross ... Mickey Scellenda
Andrea Occhipinti ... Peter Bunch (as Andrew Painter)
Alexandra Delli Colli ... Jane Forrester Lodge
Paolo Malco ... Dr. Paul Davis
Cinzia de Ponti ... Rosie - Ferry victim
Cosimo Cinieri ... Dr. Lodge (as Laurence Welles)
Daniela Doria ... Kitty
Babette New ... Mrs. Weissburger
Zora Kerova ... Eva - Sex show performer (as Zora Kerowa)
Paul E. Guskin Paul E. Guskin ... Desk Sergeant (as Paul Guskin)
Antone Pagán ... Morales (as Anthon Kagan)
Josh Cruze ... Chico (as Johs Cruze)
Marsha MacBride Marsha MacBride ... Policewoman
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Storyline

Killer who talks like a duck wanders around New York City killing women by various means including slicing an eyeball with a razorblade. Detective Jack Headly is hot on his trail. Written by Humberto Amador

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Slashing Up Women Was His Pleasure! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

31 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New York Ripper See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (cut) (1989) (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The lead role was originally offered to Catriona MacColl who had previously starred in director Lucio Fulci's City of the Living Dead (1980), The Beyond (1981), and The House by the Cemetery (1981). She was apparently a little suspicious and turned the offer down. It would have been her second time appearing with Paolo Malco. See more »

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When the prostitute gives the phone to the main character, her breasts are covered by blanket. In the very next shot where she is giving him the phone, her breasts are visible. See more »

Quotes

The Ripper: [voice] But you won't understand me, you'll never understand me! You're too stupid! Quack! Quack! Quack!
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Alternate Versions

The German DVD version titled Manhattan Ripper is cut by 11 minutes, the cuts include:
  • Rosie's death is completely cut out of the film, including the finding of her body and when the surgeon is examining her body.
  • The scene at the porn club is almost completely cut, the sight of the hooker going down over the Latino is missing as well of the rest of the scene, including Jane masturbating.
  • The scene where the hooker is killed by a broken bottle only shows the bottle coming out of the curtain and the aftermath.
  • The foot-fucking scene at the bar misses the shots of the Latino pleasuring Jane.
  • The young girls nightmare where she is butchered by the killer removes all violence.
  • When Lt. Williams drives away from the psychologist lacks the shot of him looking after Williams.
  • The scene with the Greek touching Jane's private section and belly is removed.
  • The killing of Jane is completely missing.
  • A scene at the psychologists office is missing.
  • A scene at the killer's hideout has been removed.
  • The scene with the razor is completely missing and the finding of the victim.
  • The scene where Peter is stabbed in the belly is missing as well as the scene where his under jaw is blown off.
  • The scene in the taxi is removed and where Peter's daughter is calling him.
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References Prisoner of Pleasure (1981) See more »

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Sleaze masterpiece
7 April 2007 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

You can say NEW YORK RIPPER is bad, boring, stupid, crap, worthless, mean spirited, vile, etc. Whatever you can say about NEW YORK RIPPER though, you can't say it's not sleazy. It's over-the-top sleazy and misogynistic. It never shies away from it. Personally speaking, it's sleaze par excellence. The misogynistic aspect bothers me but then 90% of horror films out there are misogynistic, so it's not like I'm not used to it. As for the sleaze aspect, well, if you don't like sleaze, don't watch it. If you're fascinated by sleaze, like me, then this is like the CITIZEN KANE of sleaze. What makes this so different than the majority of truly worthless sleaze out there is that Fulci is honest about the sleaze. Compare this to let's say the recent MURDER SET PIECES, which is very sleazy but almost totally worthless. It's so self-conscious about the fact that it's horrific and sleazy, it just doesn't work. It's not real sleaze. NEW YORK RIPPER is real 42nd Ave sleaze.

What makes NEW YORK RIPPER unique among the plethora of sleazy films made then and today is the way it's filmed. In scope, garish colors, grimy settings, very gloomy and harsh. I love the scenes shot in the subway or around other parts of a depressed NY city. The acting is not really good but the level of acting is what you expect from these kind of films. It's remarkably violent towards women. Truly appalling. But then after the stunningly blunt ending, everything is suddenly redeemed. Though most of the violence is directed towards women, the sleaze centers around women and men, including a couple having live sex in front of an audience, horny thugs, a nymphomaniac housewife who tries to sleep around with any guy, including the thugs and a hunky psycho who is thought to be the killer, and there's a gay character who's the most likable character in the whole film.

I can't say that I like this Fulci flick. NEW YORK RIPPER is not something someone likes per se. It's just too harsh to attach any affection to it. But I'm fascinated about it and that's why I give it an 8. There are very few films that can claim to be something that will never be topped and because of our PC times and depending of what's in store in the near future, it's almost guaranteed that NEW YORK RIPPER will never be topped as far as the sleaze factor is concern.


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