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4 March 1982 (Italy) See more »
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Tagline:
New York City: It's a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to die there! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Jack Hedley ... Lt. Fred Williams
Almanta Suska ... Fay Majors (as Almanta Keller)
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 ... Desk Sergeant (as Paul Guskin)

Antone Pagan ... Morales (as Anthon Kagan)

Josh Cruze ... Chico (as Johs Cruze)
Marsha MacBride ... Policewoman
Rita Silva ... Scellenda's Landlady
Giordano Falzoni ... Dr. Barry Jones, Coroner

Lucio Fulci ... Chief of Police
Barbara Cupisti ... Heather
Martin Sorrentino ... Police Detective
Violetta Jean ... Hospital Nurse
Cesare Di Vito ... Telephone tracing technician
Elisa Cervi ... Hooker
Chiara Ferrari ... Susy Bunch
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Urs Althaus ... Sex Show Performer #2 (uncredited)
Sal Carollo ... Dog Walker (uncredited)
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Scellenda's Landlady (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gene Luotto ... Dog (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Steven Luotto ... Peter Bunch (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Lt. Fred Williams (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Michele Soavi ... Newspaper Buyer (uncredited)
Robert Spafford ... Dr. Barry Jones (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Pat Starke ... Kitty (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Dr. Paul Davis (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Lucio Fulci 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gianfranco Clerici  story and screenplay
Lucio Fulci  story and screenplay
Gene Luotto  dialogue: English version (uncredited)
Vincenzo Mannino  story and screenplay
Dardano Sacchetti  screenplay

Produced by
Fabrizio De Angelis .... producer
 
Original Music by
Francesco De Masi 
 
Cinematography by
Luigi Kuveiller 
 
Film Editing by
Vincenzo Tomassi 
 
Production Design by
Massimo Lentini 
 
Costume Design by
Massimo Lentini 
 
Makeup Department
Franco Di Girolamo .... makeup artist: second unit
Rosa Luciani .... hair stylist
Germano Natali .... special makeup effects artist
Rosario Prestopino .... makeup assistant: second unit
Luigi Rocchetti .... makeup artist
Manlio Rocchetti .... makeup artist
Maurizio Trani .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Fabrizio De Martino .... unit manager
Paolo Gargano .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marisa Agostini .... assistant director: second unit
Roberto Giandalia .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mariangela Capuano .... assistant designer
Roberto Pace .... set constructor
Rodolfo Ruzza .... property master
Fabio Traversari .... set constructor
 
Sound Department
Eros Giustini .... sound engineer
Bruno Moreal .... sound mixer
Guglielmo Smeraldi .... boom operator
 
Stunts
Nazzareno Cardinali .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Annunziata .... assistant camera
Antonio Benetti .... still photographer
Umberto Dessena .... grip
Sergio Emidi .... key grip
Guglielmo Mancori .... director of photography: second unit
Aldo Marchiori .... assistant camera: second unit
Roberto Nicosia .... still photographer: second unit
Renato Palmieri .... assistant camera
Sabatino Sperandeo .... chief electrician
Marco Sperduti .... assistant camera: second unit
Ubaldo Terzano .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Massimo Cataldo .... assistant editor
Armando Pace .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Rita Agostini .... continuity
Rick Dallago .... location manager
Emilia Morale .... production assistant
Settimio Scacco .... production assistant
Otello Tomassini .... paymaster
Captain Haggerty .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Gene Luotto .... dialogue director: English version (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lo squartatore di New York" - Italy (original title)
"New York Ripper" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
91 min | Argentina:89 min | USA:85 min | USA:93 min (director's cut) | Finland:80 min (cut) (video version) (1989)
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:(Banned) (original rating) | Australia:R (2005) (re-rating) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (self applied) (2007) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1989) | Finland:K-18 (heavily cut) (1985) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1982) (1985) | France:-16 | Germany:(Banned) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:16 (heavily cut) | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM18 | Italy:VM14 (cut) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:(Banned) | Norway:18 (re-rating) (uncut) (2007) | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 (uncut) (video release) | UK:(Banned) | UK:18 (cut) | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Lt. Fred Williams:Would you get me some coffee?
Kitty:Sweetheart! I'm a prositute, not your wife. If you want coffee, make it yourself!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scream: The Inside Story (2011) (TV)See more »

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What are the differences between the British BBFC 18 DVD by Shameless and the Uncut Version?
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32 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Violence Shown in Realistic Light, 12 September 2001
Author: marquis de cinema from Boston, MA

Lo Squartatore di New York/New York Ripper(1982) outraged many horror filmgoers with its brutal uncompromising depiction of violence towards women. One of the most controversial giallos to come out of Italy. Released ten years after Don't Torture a Duckling(1972) which was also controversial for different reasons. Lucio Fulci has filmed vicious scenes of violence before but New York Ripper takes the cake in violent imagery. As brutal as giallos like Giallo a Venezia(1979) and The Killer is Still Among Us(1986). What makes the violent scenes for some tough to digest are the intense physical emotions of the murderer when killing his victims.

Gives new meaning to the term hardcore horror. Some of the most brutal depiction of hardcore horror I have witnessed in a horror film. Many of the film's contents have many similarities with Maniac(1980) which gained controversy for identical reasons. Daring approach by Fulci in making the hardcore horror moments both powerful and ugly. The director had guts in doing a giallo with an extremely unpleasant subject matter. Misunderstood Lucio Fulci film that is one of his finest horror films.

An aspect that either humored, shocked, or upset many people was the mock duck voice used by the murderer. I find that the duck voice of the killer adds to his menacing and sick presence. The duck voice of the murderer was a reference by the director to his earlier 1970s giallo, Don't Torture a Duckling(1972). A reference that is lost among some horror film enthusiasts. Capped what would be Lucio Fulci's second and final prosperous artistic period of his film career. The director's sole horror film with erotic overtones that adds to the controversial style of this pic.

Grim and relentless portrayal of human nature and its darkest aspects. The bleak nature of New York Ripper(1982) makes Lucio Fulci's gothic films look happy go lucky. Explodes with lots of anger and resentment that gives it a depressing feel. Dipped deep in nihilistic waters with the depressing portrayal of human behavior. The subplot involving the disabled little girl is uncomfortably sad. One film that has its plot full of anger and resentment is Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45(1981).

New York Ripper(1982) is filled with some of the director's usual quirks and visual trademarks. Fulci's direction pushes the limit in scenes of sadistic violence. Sometimes part of the story seems to come from the gut of the controversial filmmaker. Direction does have some negative aspects but the negatives are few and far between. The direction of Lucio Fulci for New York Ripper(1982) is not as flashy or flamboyant as Dario Argento's direction of Tenebre(1982)(except in a few moments). He does get the job done with competence and craftsman experience.

Comparisons can be made between Lucio Fulci's New York Ripper(1982) and Dario Argento's Tenebre(1982). Both films deal with similar motifs and themes on violence towards women. Also, each film are gory uncompromising giallos with striking images. New York Ripper and Tenebre each have a show stopping moment of gory murder. These two films use bold filmmaking techniques. Each changed some of the rules of the giallo genre.

There are many scenes that were controversial but the one that placed New York Ripper in film infamy was the infamous death scene of Daniela Doria. Two years for Daniela Doria after being part of another controversial scene in The Gates of Hell(1980). For a gruesome moment of vile violence it certainly has a excellent build up and pay off. As in Zombie Flesh Eaters(1979) the eye motif becomes a major part of this scene. Daniela Doria has to get kudos for acting in a difficult scene as this one. The merger of the erotic and the violent is what makes this particular scene hard to watch.

There is a small film noir quality within the frame of the story. This is because of the assortment of unsympathetic characters that surround it. The only person that comes close to having any moments of sympathy is Jane. Lt. Williams is an unlikable protagonist who comes out as arrogant and self centered. The character of Lt. Williams seems to be inspired by the close minded Police Detective of Let Sleeping Corpse Lie(1974). Dr. Davis comes out in the film as a narcissist who's too please with his intellect.

What turned off even some of the Lucio Fulci admirers was the realistic look of New York Ripper's violent scenes. Unlike in his gothic films from the same period there is no fantasy subtext to make the violence bearable. Its realistic elements help make New York Ripper(1982) into a courageous effort of fercious horror. The violence depicted towards women is what it is and that's disgusting but at the same time has a certain realism that doesn't make it totally misogynistic. New York Ripper moves away from the comic book feel of Fulci's gothic pictures and into the realism of his early 1970s giallo pictures. Its realistic depiction of violence is the film's biggest strength.

Abel Ferrara made a little ribbing to the title of this film when the killer of Fear City(1985) is once referred to as New York Knifer. Two of the film's writers had worked with Fulci before on Don't Torture a Duckling. Unusually tightly plotted thriller which never clicks in a good flow in some moments. Excellent camera work created by Deep Red(1975) DoP, Luigi Kuveiller. Its not a perfect motion picture but for a bold horror film it certainly delivers the goods.

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