The film begins by showing us Jack the Ripper on the run after his most recent killing. When he returns home, he kills his lover, who had been unaware of his identity as a dangerous murderer. Witnessing this horrific murder is Jack’s daughter, a small child sitting in her crib.
The film then flash-forwards and introduces us to Jack the Ripper’s daughter, Anna (Angharad Rees), all grown up. As an adult, she begins to see flashbacks and carry on her father’s legacy, conducting a murder that would make her father very proud. When a psychiatrist Dr Pritchard (Eric Porter), receives word that Anna has possibly committed a murder, he decides to take her and begin conducting experiments to cure her thirst for murder. The question is, can Dr Pritchard save her, or will there be more blood?
As a plot, Hands of the Ripper tells an engaging horror tale that follows the well-known murderer in a whole new story. The story is filled with investigations and mysteries, which were always fun to watch. There’s a good level of horror and suspense, which is bound to please many movie buffs and those who love a classic gothic horror tale.
The filming style is something I admired from a directional point of view. The director captured several shots which I found highly creative for its time. Close-ups are used well to show the character’s emotions, and there are some highly unexpected shots, such as filming on a unique angle. All of these creative choices were fun and kept me engaged with the film.
Thanks to Imprint Films, Hands of the Ripper has been fully restored in full high definition and includes many bonus features. Some of these features include audio commentaries, galleries, trailers, and so much more!
Overall, this is quite a fun and unique gothic horror story which follows the bloodline of the murderer Jack the Ripper. It’s also a good film with a mysterious, creepy story. I enjoyed the level of creativity used in the filming style with fun shots and angles. Those who enjoy a classic horror should certainly check this out, and I enjoyed watching it for the first time. Hands of the Ripper (1971) is Now Available on Blu-ray from Imprint Films!