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The New York Ripper (1982)

Lo squartatore di New York (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 4 March 1982 (Italy)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Fred Williams
Almanta Suska ...
Fay Majors (as Almanta Keller)
Howard Ross ...
Mickey Scellenda
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 ...
Babette New ...
Mrs. Weissburger
Zora Kerova ...
Eva - Sex show performer (as Zora Kerowa)
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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

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Release Date:

4 March 1982 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

New York Ripper  »

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

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2.35 : 1
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After many years of being banned in Britain the rights were purchased by UK company Vipco who issued the film originally as an export-only VHS version under close censor & police supervision. When censorship laws were relaxed in the UK it was submitted to the BBFC for a certificate in 2002 and received 22 secs of cuts to the razor-blade murder, as well as a strict guideline that the film could only be released with minimal publicity. The film was then issued on VHS by Vipco but a DVD release was canceled after some UK DVD distributors refused to stock it. Consequently it was never available on UK DVD until 2007 when the movie was released by Shameless Films, and this version contained similar cuts but reduced to 19 secs via a different edit. See more »


[overseeing the autopsy on the 'Ripper' Scellenda]
Lt. Fred Williams: So, what's the good news, Barry?
Dr. Barry Jones, Coroner: Well, from the pulmonary result, the cause of death was suffocation. Self-inflicted by the plastic bag thrown over his head.
Lt. Fred Williams: What about the time of death?
Dr. Barry Jones, Coroner: That I have for you exactly. Between four and five AM on Tuesday the 10th, eight days ago.
Lt. Fred Williams: Eight days? Bullshit! That son-of-a-bitch murdered Kitty just four days ago. He couldn't have have been dead for eight days! You're wrong!
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dumb, goofy, gory and italian
24 January 2000 | by (roanoke, va) – See all my reviews

i finally tacked down a pan/scan version of the 86 minute U.S. version that cuts out all the explicit sex scenes but keeps all the violence and gore intact. i've yet to see the 93 minute director's cut that Anchor Bay has recently released and i've heard that some of the incoherency and plot problems in the 86 minutes cut are rectified in the 93 min. version.

what i can say about this film is that it is really sick. i've never seen images like this of women being sliced and diced in typically explicit Fulci fashion. Most director's would cut away after the first slash, but no Fulci. He lets the camera linger while the women are cut to pieces over and over.

The fact that the killer talks like Donald Duck is also really strange and unintentionally humorous. Like other Fulci fans, i'm not sure what he was thinking putting this element in the film. It does provide a humorous element in the film that is welcome in the sea of graphic gore and violence.

As far as this film being labled misogynistic, those people have a legitimate argument. I've never seen another slasher flick where the director showed such disturbing delight in showing his actresses brutally butchered in such grisly detail.

Definitely not for all tastes, and a low point in Fulci's post Zombie career, but the film has a quirky ableit sick charm at times and is worth a look for fans of italian horror films.


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