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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
Kitty's death by razor blade was originally longer and more gruesome. Why the extra violence was cut is unsure, but images found on the Japanese DVD cover confirm that more gore was filmed. See more »
[after performing an autopsy on a ripper murder victim]
Dr. Barry Jones, Coroner:
He used a blade. Stuck it up her joy trail, and slit her wide open. He could have done a slightly better job if he had more time. But overall, it was a good, efficient butchery.
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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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