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Jack's Back (1988)

R  |   |  Crime, Horror, Mystery  |  6 May 1988 (USA)
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A serial killer in Los Angeles celebrates Jack the Ripper's 100th birthday by committing similar murders.

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John / Rick Wesford
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Chris Moscari
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Sgt. Gabriel
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Dr. Carlos Battera
Rod Loomis ...
Dr. Sidney Tannerson
Rex Ryon ...
Jack Pendler
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Scott Morofsky
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Sam Hilliard
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Tom Dellerton
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Denise Johnson
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Mary
Diane Erickson ...
Andrea Banks
Sis Greenspon ...
Martha
Graham Timbes ...
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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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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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John: [dressing the old woman's hand wound] "You free Saturday night?"
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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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A Cool Take on the Ripper Story
24 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A serial killer in Los Angeles celebrates Jack the Ripper's 100th anniversary by committing similar murders.

My first thought was how strange this film was for starting when there was only one murder left. It seems like it would make more sense to start at the first murder and allow the characters to solve the mystery of the pattern. Instead, they know from the opening scene that the killer is following the pattern of Jack the Ripper. This takes out much of the mystery element...

The cast here is pretty great, with both James Spader and Robert Picardo, both (I think) before becoming bigger names. Spader always had that boy next door charm, and Picardo is interesting and plays his role as a psychiatrist well, coming off as very suspicious at all the right moments.

The New York Times said "is so dull it leaves you plenty of time to marvel at how a plot can be this rickety, how a production can look this shabby, and how the first-time writer and director Rowdy Herrington could borrow a story with so relentless a grip on our imaginations and in no time at all declaw it." This seems terribly harsh. While not the greatest movie, it is still much better than many films out there, and had a premise that was enough to carry it.

I watched this film on Netflix, and I am told this version is different from the one on VHS or that was shown in theaters. I would be curious to know the differences, as I am told they are big enough to completely change the plot of the film... I liked the version I saw, but maybe the other is even better?


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