The New York Ripper

The New York Ripper

Jack Hedley
Director: Lucio Fulci Cast: Jack Hedley
Jack Hedley
, Almanta Keller
Almanta Keller
, Paolo Malco
Paolo Malco
Lucio Fulci

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Jack Hedley of The Anniversary stars as a hardbitten police lieutenant tracking a sadistic sex-killer in this gruesome thriller from splatter-maven Lucio Fulci. The misogynistic script (by Fulci and prolific collaborators Gianfranco Clerici and Vincenzo Mannino) posits a femme-hating psycho (who talks like Donald Duck) slashing beautiful women with a switchblade and a straight-razor because his daughter is in the hospital and will never grow up to be beautiful. Fulci was apparently trying to work in a statement about American competitiveness by making his heroine (Antonella Interlenghi) an aspiring Olympic athlete, and having a killer who is concerned that his daughter will never be "the best," but the point gets lost amidst the buckets of blood and gratuitously kinky sex scenes. Pandering to the lowest common denominator as never before in his career, Fulci showed with this blatant play for the sicko slasher crowd that the days of well-plotted, stylish Italian horror were gone, replaced with the most vicious sort of sexual violence and perversion. Despite all of that, there is one fairly masterful sequence in which the suspect's S&M sex partner learns his identity from a radio broadcast and must untie herself and escape while he sleeps. This scene is tense and nerve-wracking, a high-point of genuine fear amidst a nauseating collage of metal blades slicing female flesh. A shameful piece of work that makes Mario Landi's Giallo a Venezia look positively liberated, it co-stars Renato Rossini, Andrea Occhipinti, and Paolo Malco, with cult figures Alessandra Delli Colli, Daniela Doria, and Barbara Cupisti on the chopping block. Cinematographer Luigi Kuveiller, editor Vincenzo Tomassi, and composer Francesco De Masi have all done better work.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2009
UPC: 0827058114592
Original Release: 1982
Rating: NR
Source: Blue Underground
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 19,345

Special Features

"I'm an Actress!" - interview with Zora Kerova; NYC locations then and now ; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Hedley Actor
Almanta Keller Actor
Paolo Malco Actor
Howard Ross Actor
Alexandra Delli Colli Actor
Andrew Painter Actor
Fred Williamson Actor
Andrea Occhipinti Actor

Technical Credits
Lucio Fulci Director,Screenwriter
Gianfranco Clerici Screenwriter
Fabrizio de Angelis Producer
Francesco De Masi Score Composer
Luigi Kuveiller Cinematographer
Vincenzo Mannino Screenwriter
Dardano Sacchetti Screenwriter
Vincenzo Tomassi Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The New York Ripper
1. Main Titles / Brooklyn Bridge Girl [5:31]
2. Staten Island Ferry [6:11]
3. Coroner's Report [6:36]
4. Live Sex Show Death [6:55]
5. Call From a Killer [5:41]
6. Under the Table [4:24]
7. Subway Scare [5:15]
8. Hospital Nightmare [4:03]
9. Man Missing Two Fingers [4:31]
10. Sleeping With the Enemy [4:39]
11. Cought on Tape [1:59]
12. Left Alone [6:27]
13. A Special Offering [7:46]
14. The Movie [9:31]
15. Kill or be Killed [6:21]
16. End Credits [5:31]

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