Astonished is one word that comes to mind when trying to describe the near fandom of controversy that surronds The New York Ripper. It's fine when a marketing company hype up the shock factor, not so when dedicated horror hounds do the same.
Guess what? New York Ripper isn't that gorey, or bloody. There are scenes in here that would make a non horror fan wince. You know the type that prefer a night in with a Nicole Kidman flick. But honestly there has been far worse from this era and before it.
However the film directed by Lucio Fulci is a very good one. I was impressed with Fulci's direction, and it would be fair to say that Ripper is one of Fulci's better films. The way the second killing takes place with the light is fantastic.
The film rolls along nicely and is sharp and to the point. The ending is simply wonderful, a real double twist and an ending that makes perfect sense.
Onto the editions of this film, which sadly Amazon have grouped together. Go for the dvd or blu ray Blue Underground edition. These films are uncut. It's all about the razor to nipple scene. It doesn't make too much difference to be honest, but I am against censorship. The Shameless edition, is shameless. Why put out a cut copy? Whats the point? I have had issues with Shameless in the past, hyping up their films only to be let down time and time again- Night Train Murders anyone?
The New York Ripper has stayed the test of time, this is a grimy, sleazy venture- and it's a joy to behold to see the old Deuce and 42nd street in all its glory.