Strippers in Manhattan are being stalked and murdered by a psycho. A hard-nosed police detective and a conflicted ex-boxer-turned-private-eye, hired by the strip club owners, set out to find him before he strikes again.
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First: doesn't Berenger (that hair!) look more than a little like Robert Pollard, frontman of Guided by Voices? As Hollywood would have him (not that this is Hollywood, like, at all). Dumb muscle and thoughtless action. This guy is an unforgivable, reckless lunkhead. This world is total sleaze. The movie relishes sleaze. Sleaze is its selling point. This is actually a delirious collection of really dire symptoms.
Sleazy exploitation film that certainly captures 1980's NYC when its vices were in plain view. Story involving a kung fu killer with a penchant for strippers and how it affects a 'talent' promoter and his relationship with his stripper ex-girlfriend is B movie at best despite the direction of Ferrara. A showcase for a young Melanie Griffith but otherwise a dated mess.
Incredibly dated and cheesy, but packs enough raw energy to make it an exploitation cult classic. A compelling plot (hokey, though it is) by screenwriter Nicholas St. John, a capable cast, and a palpable sleazy atmosphere make it work. Entertaining in that B-movie sort of way, but as far as Ferrara films go, it delivers the pulp, but falls short on the poetry.
It's hard to write seriously about a movie that is the result of a primary accumulation, without criterion, of the most banal commonplaces, to which it applies refined involuntary caricatures that falls into a ridicule exhibitionism. Could (and perhaps should) not be serious (and it is, or pretend very hard to be), but it would be good to be seriously.
Or "Testosterone city"... Filmmakers like Brian De Palma, Paul Verhoeven and Abel Ferrara seems to be conserned rarely with anything but male desire. Often they fullfil it more than they observe it. So perhaps none of these filmmakers ever will be relevant enough for most heterosexual women, or?