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Hands of the Ripper (1971)

R | | Horror | 13 July 1972 (USA)
As a young child Jack the Ripper's daughter witnesses him kill her mother. As a young woman she carries on the murderous reign of her father. A psychiatrist tries to cure her with tragic consequences.

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Michael
Derek Godfrey ...
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Mrs Golding
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Mrs Bryant
Lynda Baron ...
Long Liz
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Dolly
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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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(RCA Sound Recording) (uncredited)

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.66 : 1
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American censors removed 16 seconds from the murder sequences. See more »

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A wounded Pritchard (Eric Porter) is in a hansom cab with Michael (Keith Bell) on their way to St Pauls Cathedral. In all the shots Pritchard is sat on the right and Michael on the left until the last shot when there positions have been reversed. See more »

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Dysart: Damn it Pritchard you've got a possessed being in your home, as savage as any wild beast.
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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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Agnus Dei (from Giuseppe Verdi 'Requiem')
(uncredited)
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
[heard during the climactic 'Whispering Gallery' scene]
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Underrated Hammer Gem

I am an enthusiastic fan of the Hammer Studios, and my admiration for this brilliant Production Company gets greater with each film I see. The Hammer Studios are most famous for their films made in the late 50s and 60s, most prominently for the (awesome) "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" series. As far as I am considered, however, some of Hammer's films from the early 70s are just as brilliant as their older successes. One of their greatest and my personal favorite of their films, the brilliant "Vampire Circus" was made in 1972, for example, and the early 70s also brought a variety of other classics, such as "Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde" or "Scars Of Dracula", which is easily the nastiest entry to Hammer's Dracula series. "Hands Of The Ripper" of 1971 is yet another great Hammer production that is immensely atmospheric, genuinely creepy, well-acted and stunningly suspenseful, and an absolute must-see for every Horror-fan.

As a toddler, little Anna has to witness the murder of her mother by her own father - none other than the notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper himself. At the age of seventeen, Anna (Angharad Rees) lives at the house of an elderly lady, a phony medium who is perfectly willing to leave her 'granddaughter' to rich 'gentlemen' for money. After this 'grandmother' is brutally murdered, the rich doctor John Pritchard (Eric Porter), a humanist and follower of Siegmund Freud, decides to take custody of poor Anna, both out of sympathy and for research reasons...

"Hands Of The Ripper" is a vastly underrated Hammer gem that is ingenious in many aspects. The film is immensely creepy and scary, with a suspense level that is higher than in most Hammer flicks, and the murders are brutal and very bloody. The atmosphere is eerie and tense and, as usual for Hammer, the film is shot in great Gothic locations. The performances are great. Eric Porter delivers an excellent performance as Dr. Pritchard, and Angharad Rees deserves special praise for her outstanding performance in the role of Anna. All said, this is a shamefully underrated film. Creepy, stylish, excellently acted and stunningly suspenseful from the beginning to the end "Hands Of The Ripper" is a great gem from Hammer that no lover of Horror can afford to miss!


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