Jack's Back

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In a sickening coincidence -- or a sinister homage to actual crimes -- women are being murdered in Los Angeles 100 years after Jack the Ripper terrorized London. Police think John Westford (James Spader), a young doctor, is the murderer, and when he's found hanging from a noose, authorities believe his apparent suicide is a tacit admission of guilt. But his twin brother, Rick (also Spader), insists John was killed, and, when it appears Rick is right, the investigation takes a stunning turn.

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James Spader
John, Rick Westford
Cynthia Gibb
Chris Moscari
Rod Loomis
Dr. Sidney Tannerson
Rex Ryon
Jack Pendler
Robert Picardo
Dr. Carlos Battera
Chris Mulkey
Scott Morofsky
Danitza Kingsley
Denise Johnson
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Critic Reviews for Jack's Back

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Audience Reviews for Jack's Back

  • Apr 25, 2014
    Sometimes there is a forgotten gem of a horror film that resurfaces and manages to grab your attention; in the case Jack's Back it is very much the case. This is a well crafted horror film that boasts elements of crime and thriller films and the result is a truly unique film with some very good performances. The beauty part about the film is that it has much more mature elements than your standard Slasher film. The acting here is quite good and there is genuine tension in many scenes. Films in this genre are rare because they don't just feature mindless killing, and it adds much depth and suspense to the story and film. Slasher films are great fun, but they're even better when they have a well executed script, good performances and terrific kill sequences. Halloween, Black Christmas and Just Before Dawn are prime examples of such movies that successfully used suspense in the plot to elevate the film from just another Slasher film. The result is an impressive feature that is sure to thrill diehard genre fans that enjoy finding forgotten films that are at times better than most of the standard films in the genre. James Spader does some fine work here, and he is well suited for the part he plays. If you're looking for a well crafted horror Jack's Back is one of those films that is worth seeing, and merits to be rediscovered by horror enthusiasts due to the fact that it's a tense, smart and above all memorable outing that stands as one of the most impressive Slashers due in part to its well written script, genuine scares and well paced tension.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    Yet another thriller about a possible Jack the Ripper type killer. Spader does a good job as usual, but he's surrounded by bad actors and a predictable story. Overall, it's okay, but not good.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2010
    Rather good little sleeper from 1988, starring James Spader in a dual role (I will not give away anything more!) Above-average offering, with copycat Ripper killings in present-day America. Lots of interesting twists & turns, so fasten your seat-belts & pay attention! I am unsure as to why it failed to do better at the box-office....audiences can be irksomely fickle!
    mirabella 1 Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2009
    although it was fairly silly i still enjoyed watching james spader kick some ass. only reason i gave it a rating at all
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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