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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.

Director:

Peter Sasdy

Writers:

Lewis Davidson (screenplay) (as L.W. Davidson), Edward Spencer Shew (from an original story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Porter ... Pritchard
Angharad Rees ... Anna
Jane Merrow ... Laura
Keith Bell ... Michael
Derek Godfrey Derek Godfrey ... Dysart
Dora Bryan ... Mrs Golding
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Mrs Bryant
Lynda Baron Lynda Baron ... Long Liz
Marjie Lawrence ... Dolly
Norman Bird ... Police Inspector
Margaret Rawlings ... Madame Bullard
Elizabeth MacLennan Elizabeth MacLennan ... Mrs. Wilson
Barry Lowe Barry Lowe ... Mr Wilson
A.J. Brown A.J. Brown ... Rev Anderson
April Wilding April Wilding ... Catherine
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Mãos do Estripador See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in the same year also by Hammer was 'Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde' (1971) which had a Jack the Ripper story element thereby making two "Jack the Ripper' movies from Hammer in the year 1971. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Pritchard (Eric Porter) tells Dysart (Derek Godfrey) that he believes that Anna (Angharad Rees) may suffer from schizophrenia and that he wants to use Signmund Freud's psychoanalysis to treat her and later insists multiple times that he's sure he can "cure" Anna. However, Freud believed that psychoses like schizophrenia could not be treated by analysis because the patients were divorced from objective reality and did not recognize or acknowledge that they were ill. See more »

Quotes

Dysart: Damn it Pritchard you've got a possessed being in your home, as savage as any wild beast.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove a closeup of a hat-pin in a woman's eye. The cut was restored in the 1986 video and in all later releases. See more »


Soundtracks

Agnus Dei (from Giuseppe Verdi 'Requiem')
(uncredited)
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
[heard during the climactic 'Whispering Gallery' scene]
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One of the most interesting Hammer movies.
9 November 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Hands Of The Ripper' is one of the most interesting Hammer movies. An odd mixture of Edwardian costume drama, pop psychology and proto-slasher gore, which may not be 100% successful, but it does make for some fascinating viewing. Eric Porter (who some may remember from the 60s TV series 'The Forsyte Saga') is perfectly cast as the detached and driven Dr John Pritchard who unexpectedly encounters Jack The Ripper's daughter Anna (the lovely Angharad Rees). She has no idea of her background and is working for a fraudulent medium that Pritchard and his son visit. After Anna is implicated in a brutal and bloody murder he "adopts" her, and hopes to unlock her secrets using the new fangled theories of one Sigmund Freud. Can he help this confused and potentially lethal young woman before she kills again? I leave it up to you to find out. While I don't rate this one quite as highly as many, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it is yet another example of just how most of Hammer's output has been largely underrated over the years.


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