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:
Jack Hedley ...
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)
Paul E. Guskin ...
Desk Sergeant (as Paul Guskin)
Morales (as Anthon Kagan)
Chico (as Johs Cruze)
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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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New York City: It's a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to die there! See more »


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Release Date:

4 March 1982 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

New York Ripper  »

Box Office


ITL 414,859,000 (Italy)

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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Chief of Police: Fred, have you flipped out, or are you trying to give me an ulcer? A smart-ass coroner comes out with a little verbal diarrhea, and you immediately go around declaring there's a maniac loose in the city.
Lt. Fred Williams: Yeah, so what do you want me to say? A boy scout's been widdling on girls with his knife?
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My first Fulci film and I am highly impressed
6 February 2000 | by (DVD Drive-In) – See all my reviews

I had heard of Lucio Fulci for years through mail order catalogs, interviews in genre magazines, and newsgroup discussions. I just decided yesterday to shell out $15 to buy the Anchor Bay video version of "New York Ripper". I am a huge video collector and the clamshell box with the lurid cover art just called out to me. Well, I popped it into the VCR after not eating any dinner (to disallow any possible barfing!) and watched the video. Though the gore is plentiful and there are some downright sleazy scenes, I thought this was one of the best "giallo"-type crime films I've ever seen! While not as violent as I thought it would be, there are plenty of graphic murders to squirm at. The worst by far was the murder of the detective's prostitute "girlfriend", including savage razorblade attacks on her nipples and her eyes! Despite the other reviews that say there is a lot of sex, there is only one real sex scene, the rest is heavily implied. As for misogyny charges, I think the film isn't misogynistic, just the killer. And this is never explained, so I guess the film could be a tad anti-woman, but I didn't really see anything expressing this feeling that I wouldn't see in any other slasher film. The widescreen version is the best one to see, it displays Fulci's gorgeous cinematography in full and makes the film look a little more classy and sophisticated than it should. The performance of Almanta Keller as Fay, the heroine, is one of the best I've seen in Italian horror films. Her dream sequence is another disturbing visual sequence that might leave your dinner in your lap! What more can I say, I love this movie, it is sleazy, it is violent, it is controversial, but the atmosphere and style of Fulci's filmmaking more than makes up for it.

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