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Hands of the Ripper Reviews

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½ February 19, 2017
This early 70s Hammer gem balances elegance with gore. Anytime you make a horror flick involving Jack the Ripper, you come away with certain notions about what you'll get. This does away with those ideas and does something wholly original and intriguing.
December 7, 2016
Properly scary horror from Hammer. Interesting battle between rationalism and paranormal paranoia. Indeed, interesting that Freud is explicitly named and his methods used by the good doctor as he attempts to unearth the mysterious past of a disturbed young girl
October 24, 2016
Not bad as a Jack The Ripper film but as a movie it's basic.
½ December 23, 2015
She was possessed!

Jack the Ripper's daughter witnessed several of her father's crimes, including the death of her mother. She is paralyzed with fear and seeks treatment from a psychiatrist. She appears wheelchair bound and harmless; however, when death begins appearing around the doctor, the girl may be more than she appears.

"If I wasn't desperate for money I would have never allowed for this charade."

Peter Sasdy, director of Ending Up, The Lonely Lady, Welcome to Blood City, Countess Dracula, Doomwatch, and Taste the Blood of Dracula, delivers Hands of the Ripper. The storyline for this picture is a bit cliché but fun to watch unfold. The kill scenes are average and the acting was just okay. The cast includes Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow, Dora Bryan, and Keith Bell.

"We're going on a voyage...you and I."

I came across this, this past Halloween season and I decided to DVR it. This was just okay and could have been better. The kill scenes left a lot to the imagination and it took a little while for the story to come together. Overall, this is an average addition to the horror genre that is only worth your time if you're a diehard fan of the genre.

"The violence of this man is still in that girl."

Grade: C
½ December 23, 2015
She was possessed!

Jack the Ripper's daughter witnessed several of her father's crimes, including the death of her mother. She is paralyzed with fear and seeks treatment from a psychiatrist. She appears wheelchair bound and harmless; however, when death begins appearing around the doctor, the girl may be more than she appears.

"If I wasn't desperate for money I would have never allowed for this charade."

Peter Sasdy, director of Ending Up, The Lonely Lady, Welcome to Blood City, Countess Dracula, Doomwatch, and Taste the Blood of Dracula, delivers Hands of the Ripper. The storyline for this picture is a bit cliché but fun to watch unfold. The kill scenes are average and the acting was just okay. The cast includes Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow, Dora Bryan, and Keith Bell.

"We're going on a voyage...you and I."

I came across this, this past Halloween season and I decided to DVR it. This was just okay and could have been better. The kill scenes left a lot to the imagination and it took a little while for the story to come together. Overall, this is an average addition to the horror genre that is only worth your time if you're a diehard fan of the genre.

"The violence of this man is still in that girl."

Grade: C
½ March 18, 2015
Meh. Pretty cool concept at its core, but it's pretty standard Hammer films fare... only without the incentive of the blood and boobs I was promised on admission. Pretty tame. good ending though.
June 24, 2014
Disappointingly dull Hammer Horror production about the daughter of Jack the Ripper, 15 years after witnessing her father murder her mother, is possessed by his evil spirit, causing her to perform grizzly murders. This production is nowhere as rich as the best Hammer films and seems rather cheaply made by comparison. Boring and uninvolving.
½ June 19, 2014
Not a terrible film but also not a particularly good one. Not even Hammer Studios at their best but still not entirely disappointing. In other words, a just so-so horror film. The settings and costumes are up to the usual Hammer standard and the performances are generally quite solid but the characters are not really believably written. Eric Porter, for instance, does his usual workmanlike job in the lead but the character is simply not one I ever felt was real. The film blends Hammer's style with the increased gore required of horror films in the Seventies and an attempt at an intelligent story that fails only in its failed human motivations and some rather absurd murder weapons.
½ June 3, 2014
Sumptuous as a Merchant-Ivory production and savage as one of George Romero's zombie movies, Hands of the Ripper mixes the strain of psychological horror evident in Hammer's filmography (Scream of Fear, for example) with the increasingly graphic levels of gore demanded by shifting genre tastes and enabled by loosening production codes.
December 22, 2013
A fine story of the daughter of The Ripper seemingly but uncontrollably emulating him. Slickly paced with a fine intro that does the back story almost as quick as it was for you to read that sentence leaving the movie to move on quickly. Good performances and lots of gore permeate the fine gothic scenery leading to a great finale in St. Pauls.
½ November 18, 2013
A slightly more surreal offering from Hammer but still with its identifiable style. It's characters have a little more thoughtful depth to them, although it doesn't really work in terms of the films interest value.
October 17, 2013
Great Hammer feature.
March 28, 2013
Classy horror thriller from Hammer has sumptuous sets and photography, an excellent cast and some really gruesome murder scenes, especially that of the poor maid slashed with a broken mirror.
½ November 30, 2012
72%

"You can't cure Jack the Ripper, and that's who she is!"-Dysart (Derek Godfrey)

Funny, how far the word of a gentlemen went, back in its day.
October 31, 2012
A flickering light leads to the kiss of death--A fine film that deserves more recognition in the Hammer oeuvre!!
April 24, 2012
From Hammer, directed by Peter Sadsy, (Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) and Countess Dracula (1971)), this is a refreshingly dark and beautifully lavish change to the usual kinds of horror films Hammer made at that time. It showed a more psychological side, but with room for bloody violence, but it's maybe Hammer's best looking film. It begins at the house of a bogus seance, held by Mrs. Golding (Dora Bryan), one of the participants Dr. John Pritchard (Eric Porter) discovers Mrs. Golding's guardian Anna (Angharad Rees) has been the voices behind the seances. But, when Mrs. Golding turns up dead, Dr. Pritchard takes her in, unhappy at seeing her share a prison cell with prostitutes. Dr. Pritchard wants Anna to live with him, his son Michael (Keith Bell) and his blind fiance Laura (Jane Merrow). But, when Anna psychologically kills the maid Dolly (Marjie Lawrence), Dr. Pritchard believes something psychological is causing this to happen, and uses Freudian experiments to get to the cause of it, but Anna ends up leaving the house, and going on a rampage. It's much more cerebral than other Hammer Horrors, but it's got a very good cast and beautiful sets and lavish cinematography. This is the sort of direction Hammer should have gone in, but they were well into their downfall by then. Pity really.
Super Reviewer
March 1, 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.
February 20, 2012
Innocent looking young woman becomes possessed by the spirit of Jack the Ripper. Her face goes blank and she kills. The beauty and atmosphere that I always hope for from Hammer studios.
½ January 30, 2012
Before Hammer became a touch desperate they made some really interesting films such as this one which has a serious Freudian undertoww admist all the gore and murder.

Angharad Rees plays Anna the daughter of the Infamous Jack the Ripper who has inherited some of her fathers murderous intent and finds herself at the heart of a spate of brutal killings in Victorian London.

Eric Porter is Dr Pritchard who is determined to use his new found science on Anna in order to get to the bottom of her brutal streak.

The film works because its a serious gothic fantasy which asks probing questions about the human condidtion while adding lashings of good old Kensington Gore and finale set in St Pauls cathedral which brings the doctor and his patient closer together in their final death throes.

Quite possibly outside the Dracula and Frankenstein films this is one of the best late period Hammer films ,its just a shame they finally added too much sex and not enough new ideas which would prove their undoing.
January 28, 2012
Fun, gory Hammer period piece about the daughter of Jack The Ripper continuing his killing spree while possessed by her father.
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