Cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller, cameraman behind Argento's Deep Red & Fulci's own Lizard in a Woman's Skin, ensures the film looks great. Vivid Bava-like colours overwhelm at least one of the murders & cold grittiness of period NYC is plainly felt. Unfortunately Fulci prioritises gory set-pieces over narrative cohesion, turning the film into a vicious geek show. Characters motivations & sub-plots are nonsensical.
Never got the charge of a horror film being too disturbing, bleak, or having a troubling moral conscience (such as the misogynistic charge launched at this.) Even if the genre is very diverse in emotions and viewpoints that is the very definition behind its namesake: horror shows life as a monster, as comedy shows it as lighthearted. Perhaps, the problem here is it does it too well? If so, go watch a Disney film.
I don't understand why Lucio Fulci is so praised while I can think of a dozen B movies's Italian directors deserving a lot more respect than the director of 'The New-York Ripper'. Anyway, we have here a giallo taking place in NYC. If sex is crude and vulgar, I may admit that Fulci wanted to depict a shady city but his propension for filming step-by-step the most nauseating crimes, is really disturbing. Dr Daniel.
One of the worst movies I've seen in a long time. Fulci is a telentless hack with a penchant for misoginy that barely knows how to direct och keep a movie together. The acting is all over the place, the story barely interesting, the soft core nudity embarrassing and the violence bland. And the whole "talking like a duck routine" must be the most laughable thing about this train wreck. Don't waste your time!!!
From Fulci, viewing this twice now, The New York Ripper feels *below* him in comparison to the films he made before and after it. It has moments of his distinct macabre - including the freakish duck voice for the killer - but its bland and predictable murder mystery plot and sleaze feels far less creative and legitimately terrifying than the sorts of films dismissed as 'vague' in his filmography.
While it starts off a little dry (almost "Fulci does a very special Law & Order episode") it unfolds beautifully/hideously into a sleazy, misanthropic nightmare where every character has their own sexual proclivities and no vagina is safe from a knife!
Deftly crafted by director Lucio Fulci, a superior giallo. For all its style and corrupt atmosphere, what really makes it stand out is its clever, fast-paced plot. It's a genuinely puzzling mystery that keeps you guessing every step of the way, even if the conclusion is a bit muddled. Maybe not one of Fulci's best, but a solid entry to the genre fans will certainly appreciate.