The New York Ripper (1982)

The New York Ripper aka Lo squartatore di New York is a film so subversive that it was banned outright on its first foray into UK: its original print, due for UK censors (BBFC) inspection, was legendarily escorted back to the border by the Police, without ever being screened!

It centres around a burned out New York cop, Lieutenant Fred Williams (Jack Hedley) who is taunted by a razor-slashing maniac who carves his way through sexually active young women whilst making deranged Donald Duck voice imitations!

As the film opens we see an old man walking his dog in New York City. The playful dog then retrieves a decomposed human hand. It is identified by the police as belonging to Ann-Lynne, a local prostitute. Lieutenant Williams investigates the murder, interviewing the young woman’s nosy and obnoxious landlady, Mrs. Weissburger (Babette New), who tells him that during her daily spying and eavesdropping on her tenants, she overheard the girl last week over the phone arranging to meet a man who spoke with a strange, duck-like voice…

 

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