Film / The New York Ripper

The New York Ripper is a Giallo Film released in 1982 directed by Lucio Fulci. The story consists of a burnt out detective and a psychiatrist investigating a series of vicious murders by a killer who speaks in a Donald Duck-esque voice.

Typically, the film is filled with Gorn, some suspense and has incredible amount of sleaze. The film is also regarded as misogynistic, which wouldn't be too inaccurate. Nevertheless, it's competently filmed and is a watchable slasher/Giallo.

This movie provides examples of the following:

  • Ambiguously Gay: The psychiatrist Dr. Davis. He's seen buying a gay-oriented magazine at one point.
  • Ax-Crazy: The killer.
  • The Big Rotten Apple: Even more rotten thanks to the dead bodies piling up!
  • Boom, Headshot: The killer gets shot in the left cheek, leaving two gaping holes you can see through.
  • Cassandra Truth: Motor Mouth Mrs. Weissberger tells the detective that the killer speaks in a duck-like rasp. He dismisses it as nonsense.
  • Creator Cameo: Fulci is the Chief of Police.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Jane starts masturbating while watching the sex show. Cruelly Played With during her encounter with Morales.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The killer's 8-year old girl is dying in hospital of a degenerative disease. Out of frustration, he is slashing all the women he can find in vicious and inhuman ways.
  • Driven to Suicide: Mickey Scellenda was found and the coroner ruled the death as a suicide.
  • Eye Scream: After being kidnapped by the killer, Kitty the prostitute gets her eye sliced by a razor blade.
  • Gorn: It's Fulci.
  • Groin Attack: A rare example on a female. The killer kills the sex show performer by stabbing her in the vagina with a broken bottle!!!
  • Gutted Like a Fish: The woman riding her bicycle and Jane suffer this fate.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: The killer.
  • I Can See You: The killer makes calls to Detective Williams every once in a while. One of them asks whether the detective was finished having sex with a prostitute.
  • Jerkass: Lt. Williams is the hero protagonist but he is an asshole for the majority of the movie.
  • Red Herring: Mickey Scellenda for being nearby when Jane was killed and assaulting Faye after breaking into her boyfriend's apartment.
  • Slashed Throat: Faye Majors ends up with one after taking several stabbings from the killer. But then it turns out to be a dream.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Subverted. Jane goes to sex shows and visits gigolos but her husband doesn't mind. In fact, she records her orgasmic moans and he seems to enjoy listening to them.

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