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A serial killer terrorizes New York City, killing young women in public
places - like a ferry or a strip club - & in broad daylight. Police
Ltd Williams (Mark Hedley) however is left baffled, as there seems to be -
at first - not only no clue, but the killer - in a cartzoon duck voice -
even sometimes phones him to anounce another murder, he even eventually
threatens the life of Kitty (Daniela Doria), a prostitute whom Williams
visits regularly for a nookie. Even psychiatrist Dr Davis (Paolo Malco),
whom Williams asks for advice, can do precious little at first.
Now could the killer be Dr Lodge (Cosimo Cinieri), a pervert who loves
to listen to tapes of his promiscuous wife Jane (Alexandra Delli Colli)
cumming with other men. & weirdly enough, she is seen frequently at
the scenes of some of the crimes ...
Then though lovely young Faye (Almanta Suska) feels threatened by a
three-fingered men, Mickey Scellenda (Howard Ross), in the subway, &
upon running away from him she is stabbed pretty severely by our serial
killer. When questioned by Williams she claims to be sure that Scellenda assaulted
her ... but why then did she have this strange nightmare that her own
boyfriend Peter (Andrea Occhipinti) was trying to kill her ?
Soon, the police puts out a search warrant for Scellenda ... who
presently has kinky bondage sex with Jane in a cheap hotel room. After sex
though, with Scellenda sleeping, Jane, still tied to the bedpost, learns
that the men sleeping besides her is actually a wanted serial killer,
& only witht he greatest of effortscan she free herself & make it
out of the room without waking Scellenda ... only to be slaughtered inthe
... Faye has meanwhile moved in with Peter, when Scellenda stops by to
have his revenge for her sellin g him to the police ... fortunately Peter
caqn chase him off ...
Days later, Williams gets another call from the killer (in his usual
duck-voice), & he claims to call from Kitty's place - but when
Williams finally arrives there, he finds his favourite prostitute badly
cut up ...
Later, Scellenda's body is found, & the coroner finds out he had
sommitted suicide four days prior to Kitty's murder ... which leaves
Williams without a suspect (let alone culprit.
Re-enter psychiatrist Davis, who has since found out that the killer
must be someone who hates anything imperfect ... probably because he as an
amputated & terminally ill daughter ... & soon enough Davis &
Williams find such a girl, & wouldn't you know it it's the daughter of
- Peter !!!
Meanwhile Faye has found some clues to Peter's guilt herself ...
problem is, she's home alone with Peter, & when she drops a few
misplaced hints, all of a sudden he knows that she knows & attacks
her. Fortunately Faye had the foresight to arm herself with a
kitchenknife, & she stabs him ... but like every good killer, he
doesn't stay dead just like that & it still needs Williams making it
to the scene & blowing Peter's head off.
The town is saved, only a little, terminally ill & amputated girl
is terminally unhappy that she has lost her father ...
In the 1970's, when the giallo genre (a specifically Italian version of
a serial-killer whodunnit) was at its height, Lucio Fulci, not yet a
zombie director, made a few quite good genre-pieces (e.g. Don't Torture
a Duckling, Seven Notes in
Black). In the early 1980's however, when this film was made, the
giallo boom was essentially over & the audience wanted (&
expected) something stronger.
So 1982's New York Ripper played down the whodunnit angle as
such & instead presented the audience with a few very graphic gore
scenes & some sleaze & bondage to go with it. As a result, &
despite a competent directing job, New York Ripper became a dirty
& violent little trash picture - but that's no reason not to like it
(nothing for the faint-hearted however).