Posted on

Fear City (1984)


(R) 96 mins

Watch it for free at IMDB via Hulu!

Synopsis: Strippers in Manhattan are being stalked and murdered by a psycho.

Director: Abel Ferrara

Writer: Nicholas St. John

Stars: Tom BerengerBilly Dee Williams and Jack Scalia

Serious Jest:  (Worth Watching)  Take Melanie GriffithRae Dawn Chong, and Maria Conchita Alonso, cast them as strippers and show them dancing topless, add a young Williams and Berenger talking smack to each other with some stereotypical 80s-NYC lines, insert a psycho ninja slasher (played by an actor who, curiously, was never identified in the credits), and set all of this amidst slummy, early-80s Times Square (before the New 42nd Street cleaned it up).  Now you’ve got a fun 80s-NYC classic.  Don’t get me wrong, this is not a good film in terms of actual quality (other than the acting, which I thought was awesome).  The story is not that creative or unique, the script calls for over-dramatization at times, the soundtrack is wack, and the fight stunts are not top-notch (along those lines, Berenger, who plays an ex-boxer, punches a wall in one scene, and his wrist is positioned in an improper way that would probably result in an injury).  However, the cast, the setting, and my nostalgia for 80s-inner-city movies made this film a good way to kill 96 minutes…and just because I strongly suspect that Ferrara didn’t mean for this movie to be campy doesn’t stop me from enjoying laughing at it.

Advertisements

About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

One response to “Fear City (1984)

Sound off!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s