A scientist, working with genetics, creates a creature that is capable of transforming back and forth between a giant Death Head moth and a beautiful woman. The creature masquerades as his ... See full summary »
Peter Rayston (Tom Bell), has been in and out of prison most of his life. At thirty-years-old, he is released for the eighth time, after serving a sentence for housebreaking. Immediately, ... See full summary »
When Watson reads from the newspaper there have been two similar murders near Whitechapel in a few days, Sherlock Holmes' sharp deductive is immediately stimulated to start its merciless method of elimination after observation of every apparently meaningless detail. He guesses right the victims must be street whores, and doesn't need long to work his way trough a pawn shop, an aristocratic family's stately home, a hospital and of course the potential suspects and (even unknowing) witnesses who are the cast of the gradually unraveled story of the murderer and his motive.Written by
BBFC cuts were made to the original UK cinema release to reduce shots of blood in the trough and to shorten a repeated stabbing and scenes of Annie Chapman struggling with her assailant. Later video and DVD releases were uncut. See more »
More than a decade before Bob Clark pitted Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper in the superior MURDER BY DECREE (1978), Herman Cohen produced this ignoble marriage of Victorian supersleuth and notorious mass murderer, featuring John Neville and Donald Houston as Holmes and Watson, pursuing 'Saucy Jack' through the fog-shrouded streets of Whitechapel. As expected, the narrative is spiced with exploitation fripperies (note how Desmond Dickinson's camera leers over the female victims before their gory demise), but the script - co-written by future sexploitation director Derek Ford (THE WIFE SWAPPERS, SEX EXPRESS) and his brother Donald (THE BLACK TORMENT) - is a pleasingly tangled affair, attentive to the customs and traditions of Holmes lore, while the expert teaming of Neville and Houston is further bolstered by an astonishingly starry cast (including John Fraser, Anthony Quayle, Robert Morley, Barbara Windsor, Adrienne Corri, Frank Finlay, Cecil Parker and a young Judi Dench!). The budget is meager, but production values are solid, and director James Hill (BORN FREE, THE BELSTONE FOX) marshals proceedings with a sure hand throughout.
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