Hands of the Ripper (1971)

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Originally released in 1971 Hammer’s Hands of the Ripper put a new spin on the Jack the Ripper legend. When Anna (Angharad Rees) is the only suspect of the grisly murder of her guardian, a fake medium (guest star Dora Bryan) Dr John Pritchard (Eric Porter) takes her into his home hoping to unlock the secrets of her mind using the newly fashionable science of Freudian psychoanalysis.

What Pritchard hadn’t bargained for was that Anna is the daughter of the Whitechapel serial killer and that it only takes a quick dazzle of light and a kiss to set her off on a bloody murder. Before long a trail of murders with some remarkably inventive weapons leads to a thrilling conclusion as Pritchard tracks Anna down to the Whispering Gallery at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Daubed in buckets of Kensington Gore, Hands of the Ripper is a different kind of 1970’s Hammer Gothic…

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