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Odd film. Best left to the Fulci fans.,
This review is from: The New York Ripper [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is one of the director Lucio Fulci's 'giallo' films. Giallo being derived from many italian detective and mystery novels being published in the past with yellow (gialli) covers, and on first inspection this is a kind of murder mystery film.
Fulci to be fair was not the world's best director, and all of his films have an element of strangeness to them that cannot be narrowed down to anything like translation problems with the script. Instead it appears that the strangeness was just a part of the way he made his films. Fulci made odd films either by accident or design, with plots that often did not really make sense even after the expected twists were revealed, and often with excessively graphic violence, gore, and general nastiness.
The New York Ripper attained a certain amount of notoriety in the 1980's as it was caught up in the 'Video Nasty' furore, in fact never officially making it to video in this country at that time as the early cinema prints that were sent over were all escorted out of the country as the film was considered too vile! The film has remained banned until this Vipco edition was released. This edition has been censored by the BBFC to remove the worst of the violence, but still retains virtually all of its power to shock and offend.
Many viewers will not find anything to enjoy about the film. It is not rubbish, although it certainly is not good, but will have a certain sleazy charm to some. The plot revolves around a well worn detective hunting a vicious killer. A killer that preys on women and murders them in particularly unpleasant ways. The killer is supposedly intelligent, leaves no clues behind, but for some reason feels compelled to call the detective and talk to him in a duck voice!
Of course, there are a number of twists and turns in the plot, and a fair few red-herrings before the big finale. By this time you may well have given up caring who the killer is, what with the some of the plot twists being bizarre and other parts just making no sense at all. You will also likely have been revolted by some of the odd behaviour of some of the characters and the ugliness of the violence towards the female victims.
On the whole then, a kind of middling film. Worth watching if you are into the more extreme end of Italian cinema, a Fulci fan, or just wanting to find out what all the 'video nasty' fuss was all about, but not really worth going out of your way to see, and definitely one to avoid if you don't like to see violence towards women.