Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hands of the Ripper (1971)

Director: Peter Sasdy

Starring: Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow, Keith Bell, Derek Godfrey, Dora Bryan, Marjorie Rhodes

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A new terror-filled X film

Plot: The infant daughter of Jack the Ripper is witness to the brutal murder of her mother by her father. Fifteen years later she is a troubled young woman who is seemingly possessed by the spirit of her father. While in a trance she continues his murderous killing spree but has no recollection of the events afterwards. A sympathetic psychiatrist takes her in and is convinced he can cure her condition. Soon, however, he regrets his decision.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

#50 on Hammer Horror (1957-1976)

Wow. What a surprisingly good movie. I was rather disappointed in the beginning because it played out as you would expect a Jack the Ripper movie would but then there's a plot twist that moved my ass from the back to the edge of the seat and just as it would slide back they'd throw in something else that would put it back. Christopher Gunning's score is lovely. While the picture might lack in major thrills it makes up for it with some gory kills and one hell of an ending that I didn't see coming. I really enjoyed this flick. Only 5 more to go before I've watched every Hammer horror picture. I hope there's one left that's at least as good as this one.

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