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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hedley ...
Lt. Fred Williams
Almanta Suska ...
Fay Majors (as Almanta Keller)
Howard Ross ...
Mickey Scellenda
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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 ...
Desk Sergeant (as Paul Guskin)
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Morales (as Anthon Kagan)
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Chico (as Johs Cruze)
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

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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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4 March 1982 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

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ITL 414,859,000 (Italy)
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| (director's cut) | (cut) (1989) (video)

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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 »

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[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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the end of an era
9 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An elderly man is walking his dog one afternoon, he decides to throw a piece of wood and have his canine companion fetch, but when the dog brings back not a piece of wood, but a human hand the owner is reasonably perturbed. Thus begins Lucio Fulci's most notorious film "The New York Ripper", the most misogynistic film this side of William Lustig's "Maniac". Police detective Fred Williams (Jack Hedley) is after one sicko who cuts pretty women up in the cruelest fashion. The killer's Donald Duck voice is ludicrous and annoying, but the rampant nudity, over the top gore, red-herrings and the ultra-sleazy atmosphere make up for that in spades. It doesn't hurt that this is tightly scripted and nicely filmed either. This would be the last film in the second (and starting with "Lizard in a Woman's Skin" best) era of his three part career. The last and worst part would start with his next film "Manhattan Baby"

My Grade: B

Anchor Bay DVD Extras: Uncut version; Theatrical trailer and Lucio Fulci bio


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