Grimy NYC horror recommendations

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  1. 17thJuggalo

    17thJuggalo Active Member

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    So after seeing some really great recommendations for seaside horror movies I thought I'd start a thread for recommendations with a different theme. There seem to be a ton of horror movies with a "New York was a shit hole" vibe to them such as Maniac, Driller Killer, and Basket Case to name a few. These movies present old New York as grimy and unpleasant which plays a part in the plot itself.

    Do you guys have any more recommendations?
     
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    Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manha ....... oh wait........:)
     
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    While not a horror movie, I always thought Cruising did a good job showcasing the early 80's New York grittiness.
     
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    The Exterminator (1980)
    The New York Ripper (1982)
    Ms. 45 (1981)
    Death Wish 2 (1982)
     
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    bigdaddyhorse Detroit Hi-on

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    Devil's Advocate has some nasty locations, and some lavish. You get all of the 90's NY in that one!
     
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    Paff Super Moderator

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    God Told Me To, and maybe Q: The Winged Serpent.

    I absolutely adore the "gritty NYC" movies of the 70s. Most were not horror, but I don't care. Movies like The Seven Ups, Across 110th St, The Super Cops, etc
     
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    Horror movies:

    C.H.U.D. (1984)

    Wolfen (1981)

    Street Trash (1987)
     
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    I know its not the whole move but Nightmares in a Damaged Brain has soon pretty seedy NY locales at the start as does The Burning. Suppose I could also add Vigilante to the list too.
     
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    Maniac (1980)
     
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    zbinks Beset by Creatures of the Deep

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    Basket Case
    Fear City
     
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    Definitely check out Tenement: Game Of Survival. Actually, most of Roberta Findlay's genre filmography has that seedy NYC vibe going for it (The Oracle, Lurkers, Prime Evil, etc), but Tenement more so than most.

    Even though Basket Case has been mentioned, I would say that most of Henenlotter's films are deeply rooted in NYC. I'd mention Frankenhooker especially, but that one might be a bit lighter / campier than what you're seeking.

    Larry Cohen is another major NYC genre filmmaker, so a lot of his films definitely qualify. But again, a lot of his are pretty lite and campy too. I would probably recommend Special Effects as the best example, but God Told Me To and Perfect Strangers offer an interesting look at NYC as well.

    Definitely Dressed To Kill. Also, despite Lauren Bacall and the colorful Broadway musical numbers, I've always found The Fan to be a seedy little slasher flick. Even though it's probably not as grimy as you're looking for, The Killing Hour is another lurid little NYC slasher.

    Bloodsucking Freaks is definitely one of the grimiest, sleaziest NYC flicks out there. Can't say I was a fan of it, but it definitely has a following. Also Fight For Your Life, but the NYC scenes are largely contained to the opening scenes.
     
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    Maniac and New York Ripper is definitely on the top of my list when it comes to gruesome NYC horror :)

    Btw, anyone on the board that experienced the 42nd street, back during the grindhouse/sleaze era in the 70:s/80:s? ;)
     
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    Cannibal Ferox...but only in the way beginning and end.

    Zombie '79...same thing
     
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    Many good choices here. Maniac Cop does it for me - for grimy, there's the hooker scene.
     
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    While perhaps not gritty or grimy, Rollin's Perdues Dans New York (Lost in New York) may have some atmosphere that appeals.
     
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    Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)
    The Oracle (1985) - gritty
    Breeders (1986)
    I Hate You (2004) -odd one, shot on video. Lots of filthy back street kind of locations.
     
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    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
    *just kidding*
     
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    Taxi Driver
     
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    Scavolini's 'Nightmare' for sure.
     
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    Shit, even Ghostbusters' depiction of New York is gritty compared to what it is now.
     

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