THE NEW YORK RIPPER (manhattan ripper; lo squartatore di new york) (1982 ITALY) D/W: LUCIO FULCI W: GIANFRANCO CLERICI/DARDANO SACCHETTI/VINCENZO MANNINO P: FABRIZIO DE ANGELIS
If you`ve never seen a Fulci film and aren`t easily offended, this sleazy exploitation classic is a good start. A killer with a Donald Duck-style voice taunts the police as he slashes up sexually active "bad" women in New York City. Some of the violence is pretty extreme, and it caused quite a stir in some countries (like the U.K.) when it was time for the video release. You may find some parts laughable, but this is also very well-made, with an amazingly downbeat ending that pre-empts SE7EN by over a decade. With Almanta Suska, Howard Ross, Michele Soavi and the usual Fulci cameo. Recommended. I have fond memories of a screaming hippie woman demanding i shut it off when i screened the video for some friends.

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