Who knew a duck voice could be so haunting? Fulci’s The New York Ripper is an unforgiving giallo centered on a killer in New York who exclusively targets women. The ripper’s main weapon of choice is a knife, however he decides to get creative later in the film with a single razorblade.
This film tends to attract both praise and disgust from horror and Fulci fans alike. Personally, I believe it to be a very successful return to the giallo style. In fact, it would appear that The New York Ripper combines the straight-forward stalking and killing of 80’s slashers with the relentless and dark nature of early Italian giallos. For fans of other signature giallos like Blood and Black Lace and Fulci’s own Don’t Torture A Duckling, this is the perfect addition to that vein of horror film.
It would appear that dislike for the film results in its relentlessly long and detailed murder sequences, all of which are against women. However, I believe this to be merely a combination of Fulci’s signature graphic gore, and a giallo style. A majority of 80’s slashers generally seem to be more (I can’t believe I’m about to say this) humane…so viewed from that light, The New York Ripper will seem more unforgiving.
As for gore, as this is a completely different direction from Lucio Fulci’s recently preceding films, it is different but just as prevalent. In other words, blood flows freely. So once you’ve had your chance to get yourself out of the ‘Gates of Hell’ mindset, move on to The New York Ripper and enjoy it.