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José Raúl Capablanca,
In New York City, a psycho killer is stalking and randomly slashing and killing strippers working in various nightclubs. Matt Rossi is a former boxer trying to escape his past whom is currently employed at a talent agency which caters exotic dancers to the mafia-controlled strip clubs all over Manhattan. Matt and his business partner, Nicky, are relentlessly dogged by Al Wheeler, a persistent police detective on the case of the murdered strippers, and hoping to find something to nail both Matt and Nicky on. Matt is trying to reconcile with his former flame, Loretta, whom also works as a dancer and has a off-again, on-again drug problem. With the police constantly hounding them, and under pressure from his mob boss and other bosses to do something, Matt must somehow face his inner demons to find the killer before he strikes again. Written by
The film was drastically reedited before it's release because of the MPAA's ratings board strict guidelines on graphic violence, language and nudity at that point in time. Which are noticeable due to the film's many jump cuts in handful of scenes specifically most of the attacks on the strippers by the unnamed killer for example. Ultimately it caused Twentieth Century-Fox to sell of the film to an independent distributor for a theatrical release. See more »
[as Rossi drives off]
There's nothing I hate more than guineas in Cadillacs.
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Fear City is Abel Ferrara's and Nicholas St. John's work which deals again with the theme of morality and the lack of it and searching for it. Usually people tend not to like this film and maybe it is because the message is pretty hard to get through the ugly street life settings and disturbing violence. The film has to be seen in its uncut form, and many versions available are censored more or less. The film deals again with the subject matter of what's right and what's wrong and there is again a strong religious content in the film but not as strong as in Bad Lieutenant. The end scene in the alley is masterful, unforgettable and violent and it crystallizes the main character's motivations and his "peace of mind" when he found God and spoke to him. This is definitely not some slasher or horror pick even though there is a murderer in the film. Fans of the great Abel and Nicholas will like this film and it is as challenging, important and beautiful as the other work by those film makers.
I give this definitely 9 out of ten and highly recommended for the fans of art cinema!
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