THE NEW YORK RIPPER
LO SQUARTATORE DI NEW YORK
1982, Blue Underground, 85 min, Italy, Dir: Lucio Fulci

Quack! Quack! Quack! A killer stalks the streets of the City That Never Sleeps, targeting young women at random. Leaving no clues other than that he “sounds like a duck,” it's up to a grizzled cop and a psychoanalyst to decode the quacking. Following up his zombie quadrilogy, director Lucio Fulci's ultra-violent grindhouse giallo/slasher hybrid slices up the Big Apple into bloody pieces. A true slab of sleaze cinema so vile that only showering immediately afterward will help you feel clean.


THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY
1981, Grindhouse Releasing, 82 min, Italy, Dir: Lucio Fulci

Italian director Lucio Fulci already had a track record of surreal giallo thrillers before he cranked out the DAWN OF THE DEAD knock-off ZOMBIE, which put him on the map with fans of extreme genre cinema. Dubbed the king of Italian goremeisters after following up with CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD and THE BEYOND, Fulci turned out this very atmospheric (and gory) ghost/zombie saga. Katherine MacColl and her husband and son move into an ancient house owned long ago by the insane medical experimenter Dr. Freudstein. Ghost sightings, mysterious disappearances and bloody killings begin, and the traumatized family wonders if perhaps the good doctor is still around.


DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING
NON SI SEVIZIA UN PAPERINO
1972, AGFA, 105 min, Italy, Dir: Lucio Fulci

Although best known for his ultra-gory zombie chunk-blowers, Lucio Fulci directed several superb gialli in the ’70s, many of which rivaled Dario Argento’s in style and aesthetic. When young boys start turning up dead in a countryside town, a news reporter (played by cult icon Tomas Milian) hopes to crack the case. With suspects ranging from a local witch to a nymphomaniac, the real answer may be even more shocking.


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