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  • The New York Ripper - Blu-ray Disc

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009

    Jack Hedley of The Anniversary stars as a hardbitten police lieutenant tracking a sadistic sex-killer in this gruesome thriller from splatter-maven Lucio Fulci. The misogynistic script (by Fulci and prolific collaborators Gianfranco Clerici and Vincenzo Mannino) posits a femme-hating psycho (who talks like Donald Duck) slashing beautiful women with a switchblade and a straight-razor because his daughter is in the hospital and will never grow up to be beautiful. Fulci was apparently trying to work in a statement about American competitiveness by making his heroine (Antonella Interlenghi) an aspiring Olympic athlete, and having a killer who is concerned that his daughter will never be "the best," but the point gets lost amidst the buckets of blood and gratuitously kinky sex scenes. Pandering to the lowest common denominator as never before in his career, Fulci showed with this blatant play for the sicko slasher crowd that the days of well-plotted, stylish Italian horror were gone, replaced with the most vicious sort of sexual violence and perversion. Despite all of that, there is one fairly masterful sequence in which the suspect's S&M sex partner learns his identity from a radio broadcast and must untie herself and escape while he sleeps. This scene is tense and nerve-wracking, a high-point of genuine fear amidst a nauseating collage of metal blades slicing female flesh. A shameful piece of work that makes Mario Landi's Giallo a Venezia look positively liberated, it co-stars Renato Rossini, Andrea Occhipinti, and Paolo Malco, with cult figures Alessandra Delli Colli, Daniela Doria, and Barbara Cupisti on the chopping block. Cinematographer Luigi Kuveiller, editor Vincenzo Tomassi, and composer Francesco De Masi have all done better work. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide
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    Review: Surprising 'The Voices' offers Ryan Reynolds and a Scottish talking cat

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014

    Marjane Satrapi's Sundance premiere is a disturbingly funny treat
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    Blood Spattered Babe: Grappling with the slasher genre's violent, misogynist history

    Type: Article | Date: Thursday, Jul 23, 2015

    An honest look by a dyed-in-the-wool horror fan
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    Scratching our heads at the BBC's top 100 American Movies of All-Time

    Type: Post | Date: Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015

    Don't expect Eastwood, Lee, Fincher or 'Blade Runner' on this list
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    'The Walking Dead': Glen Mazzara takes over as showrunner

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011

    'The Shield' veteran ran seasons of 'Crash' and 'Hawthorne'
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    Review: 'Seventh Son' is fantasy fun for anyone who hates Harryhausen films

    Type: Post | Date: Friday, Feb 6, 2015

    Jeff Bridges and his terrible performance are just part of what's gone so wrong here
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    Recap: 'Survivor: Samoa' - 'Walking on Thin Ice'

    Type: Post | Date: Thursday, Oct 15, 2009

    A downpour, an eating challenge, flying coconuts and a strategy-free Tribal Council
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    Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins to play Iggy Pop in 'CBGB'

    Type: Article | Date: Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012

    'Big Bang Theory's' Johnny Galecki and 'The Borgias'' Mickey Sumner also join cast
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    Kurt Russell is wrong about violence in the movies

    Type: Article | Date: Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015

    Actor's controversial comments on gun control open up some big questions
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    Interview: Ed Burns and Robert Knepper discuss TNT's 'Mob City'

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013

    Famously Irish star discusses playing Jewish