Fulci is quite respected in the Horror community for his often gruesome or revolting zombie films but somehow people overlook a lot of his other great works unfortunately. New York Ripper may be one of his most beloved pieces of art amongst fans & easily one of my all-time favs. I watched this one on some lost weekend & found myself playing it over a couple of times which is uncharacteristic of me but who cares. We like what we like & whoever said you should be ashamed to admit such?
Ripper features some of most tense, eye-twitching montages of suspense I've seen in quite some time & I personally think Lucio actually rivals Argento here in many respects. I CAN honestly state that the razor scene alone made me a bit squeamish although I've since seen this film 5 times. Fulci's dabblings in giallo prove to be one of greatest his strengths in film-making such as his overlooked classics Don't Torture A Duckling or The Psychic which are undisputed but criminally ignored classics.
There has been much talk of the overall kinkiness this film proudly exhibits & how Fulci himself allows his artwork to be reduced to that low common denominator. How about looking at how well the death scenes are executed & the excellent use of color or lighting during these scenes of human depravity? Are we so narrow in our viewings that we cannot somehow appreciate the artistry that Fulci was capable of dishing out in heavy doses?
New York Ripper also boasts an amazing music score which isn't unlike some of the classic mystery shows on television. Most importantly, who better to play the New York Police detective than Jack Hedley? We'd be hard-pressed to find another Jack Hedley who delivers a crisp but cool performance to match the film's icy touch.
Sadly, we don't get to see films like this anymore or we get heavily sanitized versions of great horror in which the MPAA has had their field day. We might get a decent horror endeavor that's snipped to ribbons but the unedited versions aren't always readily available. Snatch this one up while you still can from Blue Underground & skip the garbage that seems to fill up the multiplexes. You will be glad you did.
For more great serial killer fun, check out Lustig's Maniac & Palumbo's Murder-Set-Pieces but make sure you get the Director's Cut.
Zero stars out of **** Violence is not anything remotely new when it comes to Lucio Fulci flicks, or me. I'm used to the concept of violence itself; and most of the time I don't mind it in cinema. This is because most filmmakers have the capacity to put substance and moral redemption over content; but then there are some people who just don't know when to stop and how to make a good movie out of uneasy, disturbing people. With "The New York Ripper", Fulci has proved himself … more