Release Date: March 4th, 1982.
Written by: Lucio Fulci, Gianfranco Clerici, Vicenzo Mannino, Dardano Sacchetti, and Gene Luotto.
Directed by: Lucio Fulci.
Starring: Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Andrea Occhipinti, Paolo Maclo, Alexandra Delli Colli, and Daniela Doria.
Who would have ever thought that one of Fulci's last great films would involve a serial killer that quacked like a duck? Not us, and we went into this one with full knowledge of just how bat-shit crazy most of Fulci's films are.
New York Ripper. This ripper is going around and killing beautiful women in terrible ways, all while quacking like a duck, because he's obviously insane. Honestly, if the killer had been revealed to be a duck, we wouldn't have been surprised at all. This is an Italian Horror movie after all, and a Fulci film at that.
|EVEN SWEET OLD MEN ARE CREEPY IN FULCI MOVIES.|
|TWO MEN READING HONCHO MAGAZINE TOGETHER CAN ONLY LEAD TO ONE THING...|
|THE LOVELY FAY MAJORS.|
|IT'S ALL HER FAULT.|
When we did so, movies like The New York Ripper were usually what we found.
The New York Ripper isn't one of Fulci's best efforts, not even close, but it is certainly his sleaziest, and that alone makes it an enjoyable watch; as incoherent as a lot of this movie is, it's got an odd sort of likability about it. There are elements of his Giallo work present throughout this one, but it really plays more like an exploitational slasher flick than anything else. Of course this being a Fulci movie, it's really hard to categorize it as being only one thing or another. His films usually tend to defy simple description, and The New York Ripper is no exception.
|LIKE HE DOESN'T KNOW YOU'RE THERE?|
I'm honestly beginning to think that Lucio Fulci might have enjoyed weed a bit too much. Maybe even acid.
|"I'M SORRY SIR, BUT I DON'T SPEAK DUCK!"|
Just because the women in this film are brutally murdered, tortured, objectified, molested, and told that they should stay at home where they belong, doesn't make it misogynistic.
I'm not sure what possessed Fulci to go the route that he went with New York Ripper, but I can't believe for one minute that misogyny had anything to do with it. If anything, I think that maybe he used that angle to make the movie even more disturbing to watch. For women.
Shit, this movie might be pretty misogynistic.
|DANIELA DORIA: VICTIM OF MISOGYNY.|
There's even a Beyond-esque head-shot in this one that's pretty impressive.
|THAT'S... THAT'S JUST A HORRIBLE WAY TO GO.|
|"STUPID! IS THAT ALL YOU THINK OF?"|
- "But you won't understand me, you'll never understand me! You're too stupid! Quack! Quack! Quack!"
- "He used a blade. Stuck it up her joy trail, and slit her wide open."
- "When a twat is hot, it's more comfortable."
House by the Cemetery disc, Blue Underground has done a great job with the transfer on this one. This is the best that we've ever seen this movie look, as all of its previous Home Video incarnations were dark, and looked like shoddy VHS ports. The 1080p transfer here though is bright and smooth, has plenty of grain, and that yellowish skin tone that was present on previous SD releases is long gone.
Unlike the House by the Cemetery disc, The New York Ripper boasts a solid lossless 7.1 sound mix, as well as a mono track.
There aren't many Special Features on this disc, but we're alright with that.
- "I'm an Actress!" - Interview with Zora Kerova (HD, 9 min)
- NYC Locations Then and Now (HD, 4 min)
- Theatrical Trailer (HD, 3 min)
|THAT COMPUTER THOUGH...|
The New York Ripper is easily Lucio Fulci's most controversial film. It's ultra-violent, hyper-sexual, sleazy, and it's hard to ignore the way that it has this "Get back in the kitchen where you belong, bitch, or you're going to get raped and killed!" vibe about it. It also has a sadistic killer that talks in a Donald Duck voice, which makes the kill scenes hypnotic in an odd way.
If you like Horror movies that make you laugh and cringe in equal measure though, then this one is definitely a keeper.
The New York Ripper is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
The New York Ripper, because we had a bunch of screenshots left over.