Spike Lee's look at a community in fear of a serial killer is both interesting and yet compelling, even though we really don't get much of a view of the serial killings, we do feel the emotions of the area which is mainly populated by Italians, and mainly from Vinny's point of view.
He's married to a beautiful Italian girl who's father is quite protective of her, and he's still not very faithful. When he sees a killing close by, he starts to freak out, and his friends all think it's funny. With most of them unemployed or doing drugs - they really just spend their time at the bottom of the road facing the ocean, and they mainly talk rubbish - but you can still sense the tension.
Richy comes back to the neighbourhood, and no one seems to like or trust him, tensions get high, and people start blaming anyone they can think of who's acting "odd" - with the blackouts of '77 making life harder, the area's at boiling point.
I like this movie, it's not all centred around the killer, but about the gang's view on life, and their preconceptions - which lead them to make very rash decisions. The music is great too, plenty of tracks by The Who, and a lot of disco, which is pretty cool. Dancing Queen was actually made interesting by the actions going on in that scene!
I like the way Spike isn't scared to touch dodgy subjects, like male prostitution and drugs, and he won't stop off lightly just because of the censors, the scenes can be rather shocking if you're not expecting them, but a lot of them are very relevant.
Yes, this movie is long, but it's well developed and you get the feeling you know more about the characters and why things happen the way they do.
Well worth buying this, it's a bargain you'll watch again.