Lucio Fulci is widely known for one thing: Zombies. Though more representative of Fulci's oeuvre is Gore. Fulci dabbled in many genres throughout his career (Italian Crime, Sword and Sorcery, Giallo, etc) but present in all of these films is Gore. This film is no exception. Though different from Fulci's earlier, less gory Giallo films (Lizard in a Woman's Skin and Don't Torture a Duckling) - New York Ripper is sick, depraved, sleazy and just plain nasty. Just the way I like it!
New York Ripper is a film about a killer who is hunting women on the streets of New York. Police Lt. Fred Williams (Jack Hedley) is out to find this killer and starts receiving calls from the killer who talks like a duck to disguise their voice. Williams partners up with a psychoanalyst to try to figure out what the killer's motives are. At the same time, we see a nymphomaniac and her husband who may know something about the murders or may become victims themselves.
New York Ripper was a fun movie. Not fun by most people's standards - with it's frequent use of sex and violence - but fun for me. It actually reminded me a lot of the early Dario Argento films I have been watching recently though it trades a lot of the psychological aspects with more graphic ones. I guess it depends on your tastes but I thought this film worked great and is one of my favorite giallo films. The movie kept me guessing until the end and the gore was top notch. There were some really uncomfortable scenes here, once again depending on your tastes may repel you, but I thought it just enhanced the 'in your face' nature of the film. As I said before: Sick, Depraved, Sleazy, Nasty...Just the way I like it!