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Fear City (1984)

(R) 96 mins

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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.


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

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