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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
Norman Bird ...
Police Inspector
Margaret Rawlings ...
Madame Bullard
Elizabeth MacLennan ...
Mrs. Wilson
Barry Lowe ...
Mr. Wilson
A.J. Brown ...
Rev. Anderson
April Wilding ...
Catherine
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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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The Hands of Jack the Ripper Live Again...As His Fiendish Daughter Kills Again...And Again...And Again... See more »

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13 July 1972 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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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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Agnus Dei (from Giuseppe Verdi 'Requiem')
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[heard during the climactic 'Whispering Gallery' scene]
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Good acting and strong violence
20 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anna sees her father (Jack the Ripper) stab her mother to death when she's a little girl. Twenty years later she's been adopted and knows nothing about her past--but she kills people when she flashes back to seeing her mother killed. Dr. John Pritchard (Eric Porter) knows she does this but wants to try to find out why and cure her while the bodies pile up.

Interesting Hammer horror that mixes psychology with extreme violence. I originally caught this on network TV ages ago where all the violence was cut out. There's not a lot of it but what there is is VERY strong and incredibly gruesome. Even the R rated version released here in the US is edited! I finally saw it uncut on a Portuguese DVD. The color is a little faded and the end credits stop abruptly but it's letter-boxed and complete. The story is a little slowly paced but I was never bored and the violence shocked me--and I'm a hardened horror movie fan! The acting was excellent by Porter and Angharad Rees (playing the unfortunate Anna). The psychology is a little bit silly but the movie is strong and well-done. If you can see this uncut I recommend it.


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