Special guest review by Ed Mishic of Crimson Screens magazine
THE NEW YORK RIPPER is about a man who wanders New York, killing people. He even quacks like a duck while doing it. The police are on his trail, but they really don't have a clue who he is. This movie doesn't have a plot that is highly original. In fact, by the time this came out, the plot had been done a thousand times over, to varying degrees of success. What makes THE NEW YORK RIPPER stand out from all the others like it is the absurdly high level of sexuality and gore. If you came here for sex and nudity, you have come to the right place. There are hookers, live sex shows in old Times Square, bondage and even toe sex. If you have come here for violence and gore, you have also come to the right place. Characters are sliced to ribbons and stabbed with broken bottles. People are shot, stabbed and cut apart and the camera doesn't flinch away from any of it for even a second. This movie is often maligned for how it intertwines the sexuality with it's violence, and you can be sure when there is a nude woman tied to a bed and someone appears with a razor blade that things are about to take a terrible turn for the worse.
Adding to the overall sleazy tone of the movie are the frequent shots of old Times Square, including the long gone grindhouses and porn stores. Many of the longer scenes are even set in those places, including the aforementioned live sex show.
Lucio Fulci is a name that is well known in the horror genre. The man made movies of varying degrees of quality. This is one of his best, most mean spirited movies. It is dark, grim, bloody and perfect for the Halloween (or any other time of the year!) season.