Monday, March 28, 2011
New York Ripper
Dir: Lucio Fulci ( Zombie/The Beyond/City of the Living Dead/House by the Cemetery)
New York Ripper is Fulci's spin on the Giallo genre and I have to say it is a very well made film. Fulci is a legend in his own right along with a few other Italian Horror directors popular at the time along with the likes of Mario Bava and Dario Argento as masters of the craft. Unlike most Giallo's this one is set in the U.S. obviously as New York is terrorized by a Jack the Ripper clone who is killing women through the city. the film opens with a man walking his dog and playing fetch when the pup finds a severed hand in some bushes. After the findings Lt. Fred Williams is put on the case. After the first remains are found the killing spree hits full stride as A woman is cycling and after an altercation with a asshole after accidentally scratching his car she goes onto a ferry boat where she finds his car and writes Shit on his windshield, Along her way she is followed by someone and eventually caught in the car port, While she tries to escape she sis gutted in brutal fashion before the boat docks. After her body is found it becomes apparent that the killings are connected due to the fashion of the murders which lead Williams to believe the killer is quite intelligent making precise cuts with near surgical precision. While investigating he finds that the woman received a phone call before leaving her house from someone talking with a cartoon duck voice, shortly after hearing this development Lt. Williams gets a call himself from the same voice ridiculing Williams and alerting him that there will indeed be more bloodshed in the near future.
Then a wrench is thrown in the investigation as Cellenda's body is found dead , So the case is back to square one with their prime suspect out of the picture. Dr. Davis starts to believe it could be Fay that is behind the slaying, and Williams is ahead of him as he has undercover officers following her all day. Fay visits a hospital where Peter apparently has a ill daughter he has been keeping secret, When she returns home the killer calls the house, and in a twist scene it is hard to tell weither Fay is making the call or if it is Peter, as they both were on the line at the same time. I would go further into the film but at this point to say anymore would spoil a pretty decent twist ending so I will leave the synopsis at that.
Overall: 7 out of 10