From Hell (2001)

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Critic 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
Rating:
R (for strong violence/gore, sexuality, language and drug content)
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

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
Ralph Ineson
as Gordie
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
Donald Douglas
as Hospital Director
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Critic Reviews for From Hell

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (35)

Anyone expecting the combo of Allen and Albert Hughes and the famed Victorian serial-killer to result in a gritty, stygian, skin-crawling horror movie will be severely disappointed

Full Review… | July 28, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

This wry, atmospheric procedural spawned by a real mystery would be thorny enough without also being an adaptation.

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fitfully arresting late night entertainment.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Hughes boys blow it by burying a fine cast ... in stock scares, sappy romance and cliches that really are from hell.

October 29, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The only thrill, if you can call it that, is waiting to see who gets sliced up next.

October 29, 2001
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

It has the lush decrepitude of an autumn compost heap or an old Hammer werewolf flick.

October 23, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for From Hell

½

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 Irawan Yudha Ariyanto
UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto

Super Reviewer

½

In Victorian era London, troubled, absinthe addicted police detective Fred Abberline portrayed by Johnny Depp investigates gruesome murders in a slum known as Whitechapel. The victims are prostitutes who are easily targeted due to their lifestyle of walking the streets at night. Since the suspect known as "Jack the Ripper" was never caught, the story is quite fictionalized with the exception of Fred Abberline who was indeed an actual inspector in 1888 London and an authority on this particular series of murders. We've heard it all about "Jack the Ripper" from being a freemason to royalty, but since no one was ever arrested and tried, "Jack the Ripper" could be just about any twisted individual with superior knowledge of the human anatomy.

Eric S
Eric S

Super Reviewer

½

The most convulted, abysmal, and pathetic portrait you could muster under the stoyline's circumstances. Heather Graham's fake English accent almost made me scream.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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