Decades of Horror 1970s Episode 83 â€“ Hands of the Ripper (1971)This somewhat lesser-known Hammer film is directed by Peter Sasdy and written by Lewis Davidson from a story by Edward Spencer Shew. Hands of the Ripper tells the story of Anna (Angharad Rees) who is Jack the Ripperâ€™s daughter, and Dr. Pritchard (Eric Porter) who thinks he can save Anna from the family curse. You see, when Anna was a toddler, she witnessed the death of her mother at the hands of dear old Dad. Now, as a young woman, she seems to be carrying on her fatherâ€™s work, but is it the result of psychological trauma or is she possessed by her fatherâ€™s murderous soul? As Pritchard searches for the answer, the body count rises. Without Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee, Hammerâ€™s frequent headliners, Hands of the Ripper was bound to receive less attention than films featuring one or both of them. The cast, however, does an excellent job. Rees and Porter are supported by Jane Merrow, Pritchardâ€™s sonâ€™s blind fiance Laura; Derek Godfrey as Dysart, a character despicable in all aspects; Dora Bryan as Mrs. Golding, a fake psychic; Margaret Rawlings as Madame Bullard, a real psychic; Marjie Lawrence as Dolly, Pritchardâ€™s housemaid; Keith Bell as Pritchardâ€™s son; and Lynda Baron as Long Liz, a local prostitute,. Despite not featuring Frankenstein or Dracula, Hands of the Ripper is a worthy addition to the canon of Hammer Films. Jeff is intrigued by the killerâ€™s innovative use of everyday items to stab their victims. This one has long been a favorite of Docâ€™s and he points out the use of the Baker Street set at Pinewood Studios and how it added to the atmosphere and tone of the film. As an aficionado of Ripper lore, Chad thinks this story has a unique take and notices that Long Liz, one of the real Jack the Ripperâ€™s victims, is used as the name of a character in this film. Bill ponders whether the killer suffers from some psychological or supernatural influences and ranks this film squarely in the middle of the pack as Hammer films go. Even though the story lays its cards on the table very early, the Decades of Horror 1970s Grue Crew think The Hands of the Ripper is absolutely worth a watch. We want to hear from you â€“ the coolest, grooviest fans: Â leave us a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror 1970s podcast hosts at email@example.com.
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