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Like father, like daughter,
This review is from: Hands Of The Ripper  [DVD] (DVD)
Set in Victorian-era London, this lurid 1971 Hammer chiller is about a young woman called Anna (Angharad Rees) who just happens to be the daughter of Jack The Ripper. Unfortunately Anna is possessed by the evil spirit of her father which compels her to commit sudden acts of brutal murder thus carrying on the family tradition. A wealthy Doctor called John Pritchard (Eric Porter), who is a fan of the writings of a certain Doctor Freud, becomes fascinated with Anna and takes her into his household in order to try to help her but the poor old doc eventually ends up with a sword in his guts for all his trouble!
"Hands Of The Ripper" is certainly one of the more interesting Hammer horror films of the 1970s and is perhaps a little more complex and different in style from the usual Hammer fare. The story is punctuated by some gruesome murder scenes that were pretty shocking back in 1971 but nowadays the violence seems quite tame I suppose. The film is generally well-acted and the narrative maintains your interest, culminating in an impressive climax inside St. Paul's Cathedral.
The film was directed by Peter Sasdy, who also directed the films "Countess Dracula" and "Taste The Blood Of Dracula" for Hammer as well as directing several episodes of the Hammer television programmes "Journey To The Unknown", "Hammer House Of Horror" and "Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense".