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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.

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Laura
Keith Bell ...
Michael
Derek Godfrey ...
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Mrs Golding
Marjorie Rhodes ...
Mrs Bryant
Lynda Baron ...
Long Liz
Marjie Lawrence ...
Dolly
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Police Inspector
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Madame Bullard
Elizabeth MacLennan ...
Mrs. Wilson
Barry Lowe ...
Mr Wilson
A.J. Brown ...
Rev Anderson
April Wilding ...
Catherine
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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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(RCA Sound Recording) (uncredited)

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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For the climactic scenes in St Paul's Cathedral - permission was requested and turned down to film on location. A replica was built instead. See more »

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Dysart: Damn it Pritchard you've got a possessed being in your home, as savage as any wild beast.
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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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Agnus Dei (from Giuseppe Verdi 'Requiem')
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Written by Giuseppe Verdi
[heard during the climactic 'Whispering Gallery' scene]
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Interesting period Hammer production.
25 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Orphaned teenager Anna (innocent-looking Angharad Rees) is placed under the care of the awful Mrs. Golding (Dora Bryan), a fake medium who uses her in moneymaking schemes and pimps her out to customers, which leads to her murder. Anna is adopted by Dr. John Pritchard (Eric Porter), an early follower of Freudian philosophy, who tries to help Anna when it's revealed she's the daughter of Jack the Ripper with homicidal tendencies of her own after seeing dear old dad murder mum as a child. Dr. Pritchard is so obsessed with Anna and his research that he isn't above covering up the murders that follow.

The performances are first-rate, the turn-of-the-century London flavor is accurately captured, the murders are pretty bloody for the time and there's a great, subdued ending at the "Gallery of Whispers." Fine period horror from Hammer Studios, originally shown on a double bill with TWINS OF EVIL.

Score: 7 out of 10


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