Hands of the Ripper

1971

Hands of the Ripper (1971)

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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

All Critics (6)

Quite a strange, offbeat way to go about the business of making a Jack the Ripper picture.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Part of the fascination lies in the variations on the familiar typology.

Oct 19, 2016 | Full Review…

An overrated glossy Hammer gothic horror tale.

Jun 20, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Anna's savage acts of violence are provoked by a flash of light and a kiss: Symbols of the most desirable of gifts -- enlightenment and affection -- that here become triggers for perversion.

Oct 24, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This latter-day offering from Hammer Films ratchets up the gore, but thankfully not at the expense of an engrossing tale that embeds its psychological context in a series of effective set-pieces.

Aug 24, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What's actually here is a fascinating psychological chiller that's artfully made on a low budget, trusting the power of performance to carry a heavy workload of exposition and suspense.

Aug 10, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hands of the Ripper

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 Sayers
David Sayers

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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
Eduardo C

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