Hands of the Ripper

Hands of the Ripper

Director: Peter Sasdy

Cast: Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow

     
 

Hammer's trademark gothic style permeates this suspenseful thriller, considered one of the acclaimed British studio's superior efforts, thanks largely to the directorial skills of Peter Sasdy. This marked his last feature-length collaboration with the studio until 1980, when he returned to direct installments of the Hammer House of Horror television series. InSee more details below

Overview

Hammer's trademark gothic style permeates this suspenseful thriller, considered one of the acclaimed British studio's superior efforts, thanks largely to the directorial skills of Peter Sasdy. This marked his last feature-length collaboration with the studio until 1980, when he returned to direct installments of the Hammer House of Horror television series. In the film's prologue, young Anna, the infant daughter of the notorious Jack the Ripper, witnesses her mother's brutal murder at her father's hands. Years later, the lovely teenage Anna (Angharad Rees) is plagued by traumatic memories of the incident and repressed impulses in which love and death are inextricably linked. These impulses finally turn homicidal when her emotions are stirred, spelling doom for anyone who arouses her. Anna's case is handled by the repressed psychoanalyst, Dr. Pritchard (Eric Porter), whose growing physical attraction to the girl could result in far worse than a mere breach of professional ethics. Sasdy weaves the psychological elements through the story with finesse, paralleling the sexual tension between the doctor and his patient with the mounting horror of the inevitable outcome.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2013
UPC:
0654930315293
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
NR
Source:
Synapse Films
Region Code:
1A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
7,856

Special Features

The devil's bloody plaything: posessed by the Hands of the Ripper - featurette; Slaughter of innocence: the evolution of Hammer gore - motion still gallery; U.S. television introduction; Original theatrical trailer and TV spots; Hands of the Ripper - motion still gallery; Isolated music & effects track (blu-ray only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Porter Dr. John Pritchard
Angharad Rees Anna
Jane Merrow Laura
Keith Bell Michael Pritchard
Derek Godfrey Dysart
Tallulah Miller Pub Whores
Peter Munt Pleasants
Dora Bryan Mrs. Colding
Philip Ryan Police Officer
Lynda Barron Long Liz
Margaret Rawlings Mme. Bullard
Marjie Lawrence Dolly
Marjorie Rhodes Mrs. Bryant
Norman Bird Police Inspector
Elizabeth MacLennan Mrs. Wilson
Barry Lowe Mr. Wilson
A.J. Brown Rev. Anderson
April Wilding Catherine
Anne Clune 1st Cell Whore
Vicki Woolf 2nd Cell Whore
Katya Wyeth 1st Pub Whore
Beulah Hughes 2nd Pub Whore
Ann Way Seamstress
Molly Weir Maid
Charles Lamb Guard

Technical Credits
Peter Sasdy Director
Chris Barnes Editor
Cliff Culley Special Effects
L.W. Davidson Screenwriter
Christopher Gunning Score Composer
Ariel Levy Asst. Director
Bunty Phillips Makeup
Roy Stannard Art Director
Kenneth Talbot Cinematographer
Aida Young Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hands of the Ripper
1. Jack
2. A Trifle Touched
3. Questions
4. Arrangements
5. A Misunderstanding
6. Late for the Party
7. It's Alright
8. Going on a Voyage
9. Wedding
10. No Crystal Ball
11. Open Your Eyes
12. Whispering Gallery

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