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Hands of the Ripper

Hands of the Ripper

Peter Sasdy (1971)

81min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Hammer films, like Carry Ons, tend to divide audiences. Though most film lovers regard them as poorly made tosh aimed at a very specific market, over the years a Hammer cult has emerged, giving a certain respectability to these cheap and colourful schlock flicks. This is one of the more entertaining of the studio's later films, a piece of nonsense about Jack the Ripper's daughter who, having watched her dad dismember mama, goes slightly barmy whenever she gets kissed in a flickering light. Cue distinguished therapist Eric Porter, who tries to cure her but then starts covering up her murders. Porter is too serious for these proceedings, Vincent Price or Peter Cushing would have helped, but Angharad Rees makes a swell Ms Ripper and the end result is helped by Ken Talbot's colour photography and Peter Sasdy's restrained direction.

Summary

The daughter of Jack the Ripper is traumatised by witnessing her mother's murder and grows up to become a sexually repressed killer, prowling her father's old stomping ground. Only a psychiatrist seems able to help her overcome her murderous impulses - but his motives soon slip from the professional to something more carnal in nature. Hammer horror, starring Angharad Rees, Eric Porter and Dora Bryan.

Cast & Crew

Dr John Pritchard Eric Porter
Anna Angharad Rees
Laura Jane Merrow
Michael Pritchard Keith Bell
Dysart Derek Godfrey
Mrs Golding Dora Bryan
Mrs Bryant Marjorie Rhodes
Long Liz Lynda Baron
Dolly Marjie Lawrence
Police inspector Norman Bird
Madame Bullard Margaret Rawlings
Director Peter Sasdy
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Hammer Film Prods Ltd Guidance: Contains violence. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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