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Hands of the Ripper (1971)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  13 July 1972 (USA)
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The infant daughter of Jack the Ripper is witness to the brutal murder of her mother by her father. Fifteen years later she is a troubled young woman who is seemingly possessed by the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Porter ...
Dr. John Pritchard
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Anna
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Laura
Keith Bell ...
Michael Pritchard
Derek Godfrey ...
Dysart
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Mrs. Golding
Marjorie Rhodes ...
Mrs. Bryant
Lynda Baron ...
Long Liz
Marjie Lawrence ...
Dolly
Margaret Rawlings ...
Madame Bullard
Elizabeth MacLennan ...
Mrs. Wilson
Barry Lowe ...
Mr. Wilson
A.J. Brown ...
Rev. Anderson
April Wilding ...
Catherine
Anne Clune ...
1st Cell Whore
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The infant daughter of Jack the Ripper is witness to the brutal murder of her mother by her father. Fifteen years later she is a troubled young woman who is seemingly possessed by the spirit of her father. While in a trance she continues his murderous killing spree but has no recollection of the events afterwards. A sympathetic psychiatrist takes her in and is convinced he can cure her condition. Soon, however, he regrets his decision. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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After Room to Let (1950), this is the second Hammer film to use Jack the Ripper as its subject matter. See more »

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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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Agnus Dei (from Giuseppe Verdi 'Requiem')
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[heard during the climactic 'Whispering Gallery' scene]
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The Hands That Rock the Cradle

Not your typical Hammer vehicle starring Eric Porter as a doctor, influenced by the work of Sigmund Freud, who wants to study a young 17 year-old girl he knows to be a murderer. Porter thinks by analyzing her past he can find out why people murder and maybe prevent the act of murder in the human race in the process. The film is interesting in its objectives yet is a bit uneven in its execution. Directed by Peter Sasdy, who has obvious talent and directed Taste the Blood of Dracula nd Countess Dracula, the film works very hard at focussing on the relationship of childhood memories with adult behaviour, but at the same time wants to incorporate typical Hammer stuff such as big bosoms busting through stretched corsets and lots of blood and bizarre deaths. Angharad Rees plays the murderous daughter of the Whitechapel killer who as a child saw her mother brutally killed and then was orphaned. She does a good job as do all the actors. My biggest problem is with Porter, not his performance, but his character's motivation. I find it a little difficult to believe that a man supposedly intelligent would be so amoral, for he definitely seems to think that he is doing nothing wrong. The film is not all talk. There are several murders, all fairly brutal in their execution(no pun intended). The most ridiculous of these has to be a woman killed by her pince-nez glasses...but I'll let you decide if murder by pince-nez is realistic or not. There are some wonderful scenes too and the climatic one in St. Pauls is extremely powerful.


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