One hundred years ago, a man shocked the world by raping, murdering and mutilating women. Jack the Ripper was never caught. One hundred years since the Jack the Ripper murders in London and someone is stalking the city streets of Los Angeles, killing prostitutes in the same manner and on the same dates as those of Jack the Ripper. A young doctor (Spader) is suspected of the copycat killings. However, when the doctor himself is murdered, his identical twin brother claims to have seen visions of the true killer.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The "Jack" who's "back" in this contemporary chiller is none other than Jack the Ripper. The scene is Los Angeles: the time is August of 1988, exactly 100 years after the Ripper's original reign of terror in Whitechapel. When several LA prostitutes turn up murdered and disemboweled, young physician James Spader is accused of emulating Spring Heel'd Jack. Before the film is half over, Spader is killed, and so far as the police are concerned, the case is closed. But then, Spader's twin brother appears on the scene, determined to track down the genuine culprit (if it doesn't turn out to be him, that is!). Handled with restraint, Jack's Back covers much of the same ground as the classic Robert Bloch tale Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper," though its crucial plot twist is a tad more clever (if a bit silly out of context). ...Jack's Back ( The Ripper )