Hands of the Ripper

1971

Hands of the Ripper

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Movie Info

This clever reworking of the "Jack the Ripper" legend stars Angharad Rees as Anna, daughter of the infamous serial killer. Believing that she's being directed from beyond the grave to become a murderer herself, Anna seeks out help from Freudian scholar John Pritchard (Eric Porter). Evidently, the treatment doesn't take, and a series of gory killings result. TV prints of Hands of the Ripper include an unnecessary "psychiatric explanation" of what transpires. It probably goes without saying that the film was packaged by Hammer Studios.

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Cast

Eric Porter
as Dr. John Pritchard
Keith Bell
as Michael Pritchard
Dora Bryan
as Mrs. Golding
Lynda Baron
as Long Liz
Marjorie Rhodes
as Mrs. Bryant
Norman Bird
as Police Inspector
Margaret Rawlings
as Mme. Bullard
Barry Lowe
as Mr. Wilson
A.J. Brown
as Rev. Anderson
April Wilding
as Catherine
Peter Munt
as Pleasants
Philip Ryan
as Police Officer
Anne Clune
as 1st Cell Whore
Vicki Woolf
as 2nd Cell Whore
Katya Wyeth
as 1st Pub Whore
Beulah Hughes
as 2nd Pub Whore
Ann Way
as Seamstress
Tallulah Miller
as Pub Whores
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Critic Reviews for Hands of the Ripper

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Audience Reviews for Hands of the Ripper

  • Mar 01, 2012
    A more interesting movie than Hammer's typical output at this time this film still has plenty of gore but the use of Freud's theories to diagnose the killer and Porter's sympathetic but misguided doctor suggest that the writer was at least trying something a bit different. The ending in St Paul's is almost operatic and brings a grandiose to the proceedings that is missing from most Hammer of the 70's. There are still plenty of silly bits in there and one gratuitous nudity sequence but otherwise this isn't half bad horror.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2010
    Made during Hammer's descent into gore (but before their tits and gore last gasp days), "Hands of the Ripper" is a stylish, atmospheric and particularly well acted little horror film. Unlike, say, "To the Devil a Daughter" it actually feels like a Hammer film. Whatever its minor flaws may be are more than redeemed by the fantastic, moving climax. Eric Porter is fucking great.
    Eduardo C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2010
    Interesting twist on the tale...it concerns the daughter of Jack the Ripper(played by the lovely Miss Angharad Rees). She fears that she had inherited her father's murderous lusts & seeks the assistance of a helpful young psychiatrist. A worthy offering.
    mirabella 1 Super Reviewer

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