New York Ripper (Horror/Giallo/Slasher) [Movie/Review]


Year: 1982
Genre: Horror (Giallo/Slasher)
Director: Lucio Fulci
Source: Blu-Ray (Blue Underground)

A blade-wielding psychopath is on the loose, turning The Big Apple bright red with the blood of beautiful young women. As NYPD detective Fred Williams (Jack Hedley) follows the trail of butchery from the decks of the Staten Island Ferry to the sex shows of Times Square, each brutal murder becomes a sadistic taunt. In the city that never sleeps, the hunt is on for the killer that can’t be stopped! 

“Lo squartatore di New York” or better known as ”New York Ripper” was one out of 3 horror movies that was the first ones that I ever saw. We sneaked home, to a friend’s house during lunch break in school and his big sister had these. The other ones were Friday the 13th Part III, and one more that I’m still looking for. I can only remember one scene in it where a man pushed down someones head into the car engine or fan belt (and no it’s not ”Madman”)

I just love the mean spirit of this one, raw and brutal kills and with sleazy New York 42nd street/TimeSquare as it’s backdrop. The only things that prevent me from giving this a full score is the killers f**kin duck voice and that I think the ”horny woman” has a little bit too much focus on her and lengthy scenes, although refreshing to see a female going after her sexual urges and fantasies. I also just love the Detective Williams character, he’s smoking in the autopsy room and is having a relationship with a prostitute. Don’t think that would get by with todays correctness.

As some of you know, Lucio Fulci is my absolute favourite director, and New York Ripper I would put on 3rd place among his movies, only topped by his ”The Beyond” and 1979’s ”Zombie”.

Filmed on location in New York City and some smaller indoor parts in Italy. Mainly filmed around Times Square at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Street. Early on when you see the women on her bicycle she passes Park Avenue (btw East 52nd and 53rd Street) on Manhattan. Also the Staten Island ferry is filmed on location.

The lead role was originally offered to Catriona MacColl who had previously starred in director Lucio Fulci’s Paura nella città dei morti viventi (1980), The beyond (1981), and Quella villa accanto al cimitero (1981). She was apparently a little suspicious and turned the offer down. It would have been her second time appearing with Paolo Malco.

After the film was rejected for a UK cinema certificate in 1984 chief censor James Ferman ordered the original print to be re-exported back to the rights holder in Italy. This was to avoid any possible prosecution of either the UK distributor or the BBFC itself. After many years of being banned in Britain the rights were purchased by UK company Vipco who issued the film originally as an export-only VHS version under close censor & police supervision. When censorship laws were relaxed in the UK it was submitted to the BBFC for a certificate in 2002 and received 22 secs of cuts to the razor-blade murder, as well as a strict guideline that the film could only be released with minimal publicity. The film was then issued on VHS by Vipco but a DVD release was canceled after some UK DVD distributors refused to stock it. Consequently it was never available on UK DVD until 2007 when the movie was released by Shameless Films, and this version contained similar cuts but reduced to 19 secs via a different edit.

The new 3-disc release from Blue Underground is simply amazing. This is how you release a movie. A version on Blu-Ray, DVD and the soundtrack. A 4K transfer and DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 sound.

DISC ONE (Blu-ray) 
*The Film 
Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth 
– “The Art of Killing” interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti (29:14) 
– “Three Fingers of Violence” interview with star Howard Ross (15:08) 
– “The Second Victim” interview with co-star Cinzia de Ponti (12:14) 
– “The Broken Bottle Murder” interview with co-star Zora Kerova (9:24) 
– “I’m an Actress: Zora Kerova” 2009 interview with co-star Zora Kerova (9:30) 
– “The Beauty Killer” interview with Stephen Thrower, author of “Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci” (22:34) 
– “Paint Me Blood Red” interview with poster artist Enzo Sciotti (17:14) 
– “NYC Locations Then and Now” 2009 featurette (4:08) 
Theatrical Trailer (3:20) 
Poster & Still Gallery (69 images) 


Soundtrack by Francesco de Masi

Technical Details:

  • Subtitles:English (for Italian audio), English HoH, French, and Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio:2.40:1
  • Picture Format:1080p 24fps AVC MPEG-4
  • Soundtrack(s):English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 
    English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 
    Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 
    French Dolby Digital 1.0 
    Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0
  • Case type:Keep Case
  • Notes:Extras are in HD. 
    Comes with holographic slipcover, reversible cover and 20-page liner nites booklet by Travis Crawford “Fulci Quacks Up: The Unrelenting Grimness of The New York Ripper”; also featuring chapter selection menu titles and CD track list.
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