VOTING CLOSED – WINNER: THE NEW YORK RIPPER
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With sadly amusing redundancy, the slasher film, descended in so many ways from the Italian gialli of the ’60s and ’70s, traveled back east after it had firmly established itself in the States. Italian genre filmmakers being among the deftest rip-off artists in all cinema, it was inevitable that they’d start to copy the cheap and hugely profitable films coming out in America; almost as inevitable as the development that found those rip-offs wallowing in a degree of crassness and tastelessness that outdid all but the worst American slashers, let alone the stylish, elegant gialli.
I’ve gamed things by picking three films by significant filmmakers – Deodato, Fulci, Argento – though significance, in these cases, does not mean that any of the films are any damn good.
Body Count (1986)
From IMDb: “A group of teens are stalked and killed by a Shaman at a cursed camping site.”
The New York Ripper (1982)
From IMDb: “A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city.”
From IMDb: “A young man tries to help a teenage European girl whom escaped from a clinic hospital after witnessing the murder of her parents by a serial killer and they try to find the killer before the killer finds them.”
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