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Hands of the Ripper (Blu-ray + DVD)  [US Import] [NTSC]
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The story tells of Anna, a young girl who is actually Jack the Ripper's daughter, and who was traumatised as a toddler by witnessing a vicious killing (seen in the prologue). Now an adult, she is prone to murderous seizures which provide the many grisly highlights of the film. It sounds rather lurid, but the film takes the subject seriously, and as a whole, the plot is tremendously engaging. Anna's rages are only triggered by a specific set of circumstances, and the script creates a surprising and clever staging for each one, following on every time with a suitably gory slaughter. The film features great performances from its prestigious cast, particularly Angharad Rees who is luminously beautiful as Anna, and Eric Porter as the doctor who realises her identity but is compelled to try and cure her rather than turn her in (as well as falling for her charms, as she has no recollection of what she does when she goes into a trance). Of course, he also wants to be the person who makes the medical breakthrough in curing her, and it is this ego trip as much as anything that prolongs the mayhem before Anna is stopped. The murder scenes are all very well done, and quite gruesome too, especially the dazzling broken mirror murder and then there's the hatpins...(ouch!)
But even though Anna is essentially innocent, in the movies such a situation can only end in tragedy, and the climax of the story is quite downbeat and very effective.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Underrated hammer film hood bluray some interesting extras including commentary trackPublished 11 months ago by John Kiernan
Didn't like this as it has not worn well at all since I saw it in the cinema. Eric Porter must have regretted getting involved.Published 18 months ago by John B
A good old horror film. Nice suspense filled film. Well worth buying if you like old hammer horror films.Published 21 months ago by Azrael
early 70s Hammer, where the spirit of Jack The Ripper, is passed from him into his daughter. who is taken in & studied by a psychologist.
must see for Hammer fans