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Jack's Back (1988)

A serial killer in Los Angeles celebrates Jack the Ripper's 100th birthday by committing similar murders and only one has a chance of stopping him.

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John / Rick Wesford
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Chris Moscari
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Dr. Carlos Battera
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Dr. Sidney Tannerson
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Jack Pendler
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Capt. Walter Prentis
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Tom Dellerton
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Denise Johnson
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A young doctor is suspected when a series of Jack the Ripper copycat killings is committed. However, when the doctor himself is murdered, his identical twin brother claims to have seen visions of the true killer. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@bigpond.com>

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One hundred years ago the world was shocked by a man they called The Ripper. He was never caught... See more »


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6 May 1988 (USA)  »

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Red Rain  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$492,519 (USA)
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Director Rowdy Harrington originally wanted the movie to be titled "Red Rain" and Peter Gabriel's song of the same name was meant to play at the opening credits. Since this was a low budget film, he couldn't get the rights to the song, so he hired Paul Saax to compose the song "Red Harvest" instead. Shortly before the movie release, the studio felt that the title "Red Rain" had no relation to the plot so they decided to change to a more appealing title, "Jack's Back". See more »

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Sam Hilliard: This is an emergency. May we come in?
Chris Moscari: I'm not really dressed.
Scott Morofsky: It's okay, we're police officers.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Jack the Ripper Goes West (2013) See more »

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Back in My Arms Again
Words and Music by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland)
Published by Stone Agate Music (A Division of Jobete Music Co. Inc.)
Rerecorded by Jake Sattelite
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Uneven, but solid little DTV Thriller
26 December 2000 | by (Arlington, VA.) – See all my reviews

Because DTV (Direct-To-Video) thrillers have a reputation for being the "bastard stepchildren" of larger budgeted cable, TV and big screen fare, some great little movies that hold dynamite performances have a tendency to become underrated and overlooked. This was definitely one of them.

James Spader gives a performance every bit as remarkable as that of Jeremy Irons in DEAD RINGERS, playing twins who become embroiled in a murder mystery involving a serial killer, who is copycatting the infamous Jack the Ripper's horrendous legacy of bloody terror, down to the most minute details.

B-movie pro Herrington knows how to keep the action, cinematography and editing going at maximum warp, so that the glaring inconsistencies and gaping plot holes are apparent only on repeated viewings. But if you can get past that, you will be rewarded by Spader's performance, (which gives one all the more reason to wonder why this man is not a major star right now), as well as some fine turns by Cynthia Gibb (TV's FAME), Jim Haynie, TWIN PEAKS' Chris Mulkey (another criminally overlooked actor), and a wickedly enjoyable portrayal by Rod Loomis, as a local doctor who knows a lot more about the murders than he lets on.

A nice little surprise that's worth seeking out on the shelves of your local video palace when all the "good" stuff is gone for the weekend.


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