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Film / The New York Ripper

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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.

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.
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  • Disproportionate Retribution: The killer's eight year-old daughter is dying of a degenerative and disfiguring disease. He is taking his frustrations over this out on random women, supposedly because they are a constant reminder of his own child's lost beauty and how she will never get the chance to grow up.
  • 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.
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  • 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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