Horrorfest 2019/It’s Hammer Time Presents: The Hands of the Ripper (1971, Peter Sasdy)


The Hands of the Ripper was one of the non franchise movies that Hammer Studios put out while they were still one of the top horror studios in the world. I rather like this one as it has nasty kills, good characters and a plot that works despite being kind of ridiculous. Eric Porter stars as the kind psychiatrist who takes in the young daughter of none other than the infamous Jack the Ripper! Yet, he finds out all too quickly that some behaviors cannot be cured.

Angharad Rees is great as Anna, the poor young lady who doesn’t realize that she’s a killer. Things become even more dramatic as everytime Anna falls under a spell she acts out her father’s deadly wishes. One murder is particularly brutal (and quite sharp) while another is highly unexpected. While this movie works better as a slasher movie than a melodrama, I rather enjoyed it. The Hands of the Ripper might not one of Hammer’s best, however it was a solid effort from one of my favorite horror studios.

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