From Hell


From Hell

Critics Consensus

Visually impressive, but this latest Ripper tale is dull and far from scary.



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The true-life horror story of Jack the Ripper gets a new spin in this screen adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. In 1888, a ruthless and cold-blooded killer begins hunting prostitutes in East London, and while the murderer's work is savage, the mutilation of his victims suggests the fiend has an extensive medical background. Amidst a background of political unrest and barely contained scandal among the royal family, the murderer's grisly exploits shock and frighten all of England, and one of Scotland Yard's top inspectors, Fred Abberline (Johnny Depp), is put on the case, along with his partner, Peter Godley (Robbie Coltrane). Abberline, depending on one's viewpoint, is either blessed or cursed with second sight, and while he blurs his ability to see future events with opium and other drugs, he still has an uncanny ability to ferret out dangerous criminals, which is put to the test as he and Godley search for the Ripper. As Abberline and Godley investigate the neighborhood where the crimes occur, they become acquainted with the prostitutes and street people who were friends and compatriots of the victims, and Abberline finds himself falling in love with Mary Kelly (Heather Graham), a beautiful Irish streetwalker. As Abberline tries to identify the killer before Mary Kelly can become the next victim, he and Godley have to contend with Sir Charles Warren (Ian Richardson), their superior who is keen to pin the murders on a culprit who isn't British, and Sir William Gull (Ian Holm), a respected physician who has his own ideas about the murders and the benefits of psychosurgery. From Hell marked a change of pace for Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes, the sibling directorial team best known for their gritty depictions of America's urban underground in such films as Menace II Society and Dead Presidents. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Johnny Depp
as Insp. Frederick George `Fred' Abberline
Heather Graham
as Mary Kelly
Ian Holm
as Sir William Gull
Ian Richardson
as Police Insp. Sir Charles Warren
Robbie Coltrane
as Sgt. Peter Godley
Lesley Sharp
as Catherine `Kate' Eddowes
Susan Lynch
as Liz Stride
Katrin Cartlidge
as Dark Annie Chapman
Terence Harvey
as Benjamin `Ben' Kidney
Paul Rhys
as Dr. Ferral
Nicholas McGaughey
as Officer Bolt
Jason Flemyng
as John Netley, the Ripper's Driver
Annabelle Apsion
as Polly Nichols
Joanna Page
as Annie Crook
Mark Dexter
as Albert Sickert/Prince Edward
Danny Midwinter
as Constable Withers
Samantha Spiro
as Martha Tabram
Bryon Fear
as Robert Best
Peter Eyre
as Lord Hallsham
Cliff Parisi
as Mac, Bartender
Sophia Myles
as Victoria Abberline
Amy Huck
as Gull's Maid
Rupert Farley
as Doss Landlord
Donald Douglas
as Hospital Director
John Owens
as Marylebone Governor
Tony Tang
as Opium Den Owner
Liz Moscrop
as Queen Victoria
Roger Frost
as Sidewalk Preacher
Ian McNeice
as Robert Drudge
Steve John Shepherd
as Special Branch Constable
Al Ashton
as Stonecutter
Poppy Rogers
as Alice Crook
Bruce Byron
as Ann Crook's Father
Melanie Hill
as Ann Crook's Mother
Andy Linden
as Carpenter
David Fisher
as Carpenter/Letter Writer
Gary Powell
as Constable No. 1
Steve Chaplin
as Constable No. 2
Vincent Franklin
as George Lusk
Louise Atkins
as Bold Hooker
Anthony Parker
as John Merrick
James Greene
as Masonic Governor
Dominic Cooper
as Constable No. 3
Carey Thring
as Police Photographer
Vladimir Kulhavy
as Rag & Bone Man
Graham Kent
as Records Clerk
Harrison Simon
as Thomas Bond
Paul Moody
as Young Doctor
Glen Barry
as Young Labourer
Charlie Parish
as Labourer No. 2
Gerry Grennell
as Funeral Minister/Ltr. Writer
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Critic Reviews for From Hell

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Audience Reviews for From Hell

  • Sep 30, 2015
    The problem I had with From Hell was that it felt like I was watching a movie about Jack the Ripper, set in London. I never got that immersive cinematic experience. While the production values were fine, the way things came off reminded me too much of History Channel dramatizations. I'd put that down to overacting on the part of the supporting cast; Heather Graham and Johnny Depp were fine, as was the directing. I must admit that I ended up returning the disc early to get to the next one in my queue. I read spoilers for the rest of the film and the story sounds much more interesting than what I had seen up to that point.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2013
    Adapted from Alan Moore's graphic novel, From Hell is a horror thriller about the 19th century serial killer Jack the Ripper. An inspector who has psychic visions is tasked with solving the case of a killer who's targeting a group of prostitutes on the streets of East London. Johnny Depp and Heather Graham lead the cast, but their performances are fairly bland. Additionally, the storytelling's rather poor, and doesn't have a clear focus or vision. However, the film does have a good amount of mystery and suspense, and the gritty visual aesthetic adds intensity to the story. From Hell has some interesting elements, but it's not very cohesive.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2012
    Another story about jack the Ripper. I think it's a happy ending for everyone including Jack the Ripper. But not happy ending for the victim
    UUd I Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2012
    We don't need another one of those Jack the Ripper movies... It has a depict of London which was very lively, but didn't succeed in making the film any more interesting.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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