Hands of the Ripper

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 ...
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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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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)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2013
  • UPC: 654930315293
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Synapse Films
  • Region Code: 1A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 11,122

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
Lynda Barron Long Liz
Norman Bird Police Inspector
A.J. Brown Rev. Anderson
Anne Clune 1st Cell Whore
Beulah Hughes 2nd Pub Whore
Charles Lamb Guard
Marjie Lawrence Dolly
Barry Lowe Mr. Wilson
Elizabeth MacLennan Mrs. Wilson
Margaret Rawlings Mme. Bullard
Marjorie Rhodes Mrs. Bryant
Philip Ryan Police Officer
Ann Way Seamstress
Molly Weir Maid
April Wilding Catherine
Vicki Woolf 2nd Cell Whore
Katya Wyeth 1st Pub Whore
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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hands of the Ripper
   Play
   Chapters
   Bonus
      The Devil's Bloody Plaything: Posessed by the Hands of the Ripper
      Slaughter of Innocence: The Evolution of Hammer Gore
      Still Gallery
      Original U.S. Trailer
      Original T.V. Spots
      U.S. Television Intro
   Setup
      Englsih Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
         Subtitles: On
         Subtitles: Off
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