Hands of the Ripper

1971

Action / Horror

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 52%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 1725

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Reviewed by stephenabell 7 / 10

A Hammer Psychological Ripper Thriller.

This film has got me wanting to read the story that spurned it. I've always liked the psychological idea of hereditary madness and this is a pretty good example of that... but with a possible twist.

Jack the Ripper is being chased down so he runs to the safety of his mistress' house. Still caught up in the killing fugue, he attacks and kills his mistress in front of their young child. Years later the child has become a young woman, Anna (Rees) and is helping an old woman to run a medium scam, pretending to be the dead family members and friends of the clients she entertains with her seances. It's at one of these meetings that her path crosses with Dysart (Godfrey)... a pervert who buys her virginity from Mrs Golding (Bryan). However, things take a nasty turn when he tries to force himself on her and Mrs Golding comes to her rescue. Mrs Golding is killed, but who is the murderer?

The thing I liked most about this story is its darkness. Not only do you have a psychotic killer, but a doctor who is willing to overlook the murders so he can view and record the killer's moods. He's even willing to team up with a miscreant to get his results.

There's nothing bad about this movie at all. It could have been stronger had the director opted to add a darkness to the atmosphere. For me, it was a little light, especially when considering all the bleaker subject matters. Though there are some really good shots in the film. The ending in the whispering gallery at Saint Paul's is very well done. As is the "Oh My God!!! That's gonna leave a mark," moment when Dr Pritchard (Porter) pulls the sword from his side. The moment when the bloody sword hangs from the doorknob, swaying and banging, will stay with me for a while. Very iconic and well thought out.

Another thing that may have strengthened the film is the hinted at possession of Anna by her father Jack The Ripper. If this had become a story arc on its own then it would have opened up a few more possibilities for twists and turns. It would have turned it into a full horror film by doing so.

However, this is a good psychological thriller based on The Ripper mythos. I would recommend this to everyone.

Reviewed by christopher-underwood 7 / 10

splendid opening

After a splendid opening credit sequence, this hustles along and in the space of the first fifteen minutes we have a had a seance, a gory killing, a suggestion of corruption in high places, child prostitution and the introduction of a blind fiancé. Things do slow down, however, and the film is not afraid to leave loose ends (and bodies) about the place. Eric Porter is effective as the guardian with too much faith in Freud and too much attention on the young girl in his charge. Angharad Rees plays the young child who at times looks disturbingly young although was in reality twenty- seven at the time. By halfway it is clear that this is not going to be an all absorbing and believable story but it does pick up for a splendid finale at St Paul's, though I was still left wondering why we had had the blind fiancé.

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 8 / 10

She's a naughty one, Saucy Anna!

As a young child, Anna witnesses the brutal murder of her mother by her father, Jack the Ripper. Now, as a pretty young woman (played by the enchanting Angharad Rees), Anna goes into a trance whenever she sees flickering light, with a subsequent kiss causing her to become possessed by the murderous spirit of dear old daddy (a contrived combo of occurrences that comes into play several times during the course of the film, allowing for a number of grisly murders). Seeking to study Anna at close quarters, aspiring psychologist Dr. John Pritchard (Eric Porter) takes the young woman under his wing, but must help to hide his young ward's bloodthirsty behaviour.

From Hammer studios, Hands of the Ripper is a delightfully dippy and gloriously gruesome take on the Ripper mythos. The plot is extremely silly, Pritchard covering up for a serial murderer being utterly ridiculous, even if the killer in question doesn't know what she is doing, but the outbursts of extreme violence make this a real treat for gore-hounds despite the lack of logic. The first of Anna's victims is charlatan spiritualist Mrs. Golding (Dora Bryan) who is pinned to a door with a fire poker, housemaid Dolly (Marjie Lawrence) is stabbed in the neck with a broken mirror, drunken whore Long Liz (Lynda Baron) has hatpins pushed through her hand and into her eye, a medium is stabbed with her spectacles (!?!), and Dr. Pritchard is run through with a sword (which he removes by hooking the hilt over a door handle and falling to the floor. Yeowch!). That other staple of '70s Hammer films, gratuitous female nudity, is limited to a brief glimpse of a topless Rees in the bath.

The film ends with a tragic yet fitting climax that takes place in the Whispering Gallery of St. Paul's Cathedral, the fatally wounded Pritchard calling to Anna to join him—which she does by climbing over the edge of the gallery and falling to her death.

7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.

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