Hands of the Ripper (Hammer 1971, Eric Porter, Angharad Rees)

Hammer horror starring Angharad Rees as Anna, the daughter of Jack the Ripper, who as a young child witnessed the murder of her mother by her father. Now a highly disturbed young woman, every time she is kissed she feels compelled to murder but has no recollection of the events afterwards.

Sympathetic psychiatrist John Pritchard (Eric Porter), influenced by the work of Sigmund Freud, is aware of her behaviour and takes her in, believing that by analysing her past he can find out why people kill and perhaps prevent the act of murder in society. However, he is unable to prevent a string of gory killings including a maid (Marjie Lawrence) and a phoney medium (Dora Bryan). Ultimately she turns on her benefactor, stabbing him in the side, but he manages to pursue her to the whispering gallery at St Paul’s Cathedral where she finally meets her own death.

Hands of the Ripper

Cast: Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow, Keith Bell, Derek Godfrey, Dora Bryan, Marjorie Rhodes, Barry Lowe

Director: Peter Sasdy
Producer: Aida Young
Composer: Christopher Gunning
Director of Photography: Kenneth Talbot

Production Companies: Hammer Film Productions
Release Date: 17 October 1971
Running Time: 85 minutes
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Tagline: The hands of Jack the Ripper live again…

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