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Jack the Ripper (1976)

A serial killer whose mother was a prostitute starts killing streetwalkers as a way of paying back his mother for her abuse.

Director:

Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)

Writer:

Jesús Franco (screenplay) (as Jess Franco)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Kinski ... Dr. Dennis Orloff
Josephine Chaplin ... Cynthia
Andreas Mannkopff Andreas Mannkopff ... Inspector Selby
Herbert Fux ... Charlie, the Fisherman
Lina Romay ... Marika Stevenson
Hans Gaugler ... Mr. Bridger, the Blind Man
Nikola Weisse Nikola Weisse ... Frieda
Ursula von Wiese Ursula von Wiese ... Miss Higgins (as Ursula v. Wiese)
Francine Custer Francine Custer ... Sally Brown, first victim
Olga Gebhard Olga Gebhard ... Mrs. Baxter
Angelika Arndts Angelika Arndts ... Mrs. Stevenson, Marika's Mother
Peter Nüsch Peter Nüsch ... Sergeant Ruppert (as Peter Nuesch)
Esther Studer Esther Studer ... Jeanny, second victim
Regine Elsener Regine Elsener ... Blondy
Lorli Bucher Lorli Bucher ... Lulu
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A Swiss-German horror film with Klaus Kinski as the notorious Jack the Ripper. A respected doctor by day, Kinski dismembers London prostitutes by night, until the local Inspector's girlfriend (Josephine Chaplin) goes undercover to catch him. Written by Ørnås

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Close your eyes and whisper his name...

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Language:

German | English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 September 1976 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack l'éventreur See more »

Filming Locations:

Switzerland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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The royal coat of arms shown outside Scotland Yard bears the letters ER - presumably for the current Queen: Elizabeth Regina. In 1888 when Jack the Ripper was loose Victoria was on the throne and the letters would have been VR: Victoria Regina. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Bridger, the Blind Man: The murderer smelled of several familiar odours; expensive soap. sweat, and very fine woolen clothes and mild Turkish tobacco and also an odour, Inspector, that you could recognise with much ease, I think: alcohol.
Inspector Selby: Yes, of course. You smell of it.
Mr. Bridger, the Blind Man: Oh, but that's an easy one. What I detected was a medicinal alcohol and then a real surprise; I also caught a whiff of a rare, medicinal plant of India. It transported me back to the colonies. In England, it's found only in the Botanical Gardens. It ...
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Referenced in Seven Years in Tibet (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
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Scottish folk tune
Performed by Francine Custer
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Compelling psychological horror sexploitation flick
27 December 2006 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

One of the remarkable elements about this improbably interesting, intelligent and engaging fictionalization of the Jack the Ripper story is the fact that the amazing Klaus Kinski is not the only reason the film held my interest. Basically, this is a rather graphic horror film with a lot of perverse sexuality (all of which is too disturbing to be interesting from any prurient perspective). Yet this is not Jesus Franco's standard garbage, but rather an interesting Freudian interpretation of Jack the Ripper, which deviates far enough from the actual historical facts to allow for a few surprises along the way.

The cinematography is generally good. The editing and pace are decidedly unamerican, and will turn off mainstream audiences. the film proceeds at a steady pace, but features dialog which is more oriented toward driving the plot than elaborating the characters. The cast is pretty uneven, but strong support comes from Menkopff, Chaplin and Fux. Kinski's role, though not much of a challenge for him, is interpreted with the great actor's usual intensity. The sets, though not particularly London, and a tad anachronistic at times, are detailed and enjoyable in their own right.

What the film does successfully - and again, it's not all Kinski - is to create a tense and disturbing atmosphere, punctuated with occasionally graphic scenes of sexual and bloody violence. Along the way, the director presents an interpretation of Jack the Ripper which is straight out of Freudian pop psychology. The effect is powerful, and the film is memorable. Perhaps Franco's best work, though I've not seen them all (for good reason!)


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