Unusual version of Jack the Ripper
This is perhaps the most unusual version of Jack the Ripper I have seen. I think the director/producer has a vague idea of the story of Jack the Ripper, but does not follow it closely. Most notably it is not even filmed in London, and Whitechapel does not look like what it is portrayed in the film at all. The dress of the prostitutes are all wrong and the characters (names of the prostitutes) are all fictitious. What makes this film interesting however, is the fact that Jess Franco seems to have taken the view that the man responsible for the ripper murders might also have been responsible for the torso murders which occurred around the same time. He also takes on board the idea of the ripper having an accomplice. There are a few very gruesome scenes, but no shocking Mary Kelly murder. There is a needless addition of the blind man in this film with super senses who behaves a bit like Sherlock Holmes with his words of wisdom. The Ripper himself is rather sinister to look at and he is a doctor, or is he? Worth looking at, and perhaps adding to your collection, but certainly not the best version of Jack the Ripper that is out there.Read full review
A different Jack
I have seen a lot of Jack the Ripper themed films such as 'murder by decree','from hell' etc, yet i had never heard of this movie. It is not a polished film, but i don't think it aims to be. It doesn't exactly stay true to ripper lore as the murders seem unconnected to the real case!. The acting can be a little shaky to say the least. However, Klaus Kinski makes an excellent Ripper-very sinister, just like his performance in Nosferatu(1970s version). I like the option to view the film in the original German(with English subtitles) or dubbed in english. I've tried both! This is not a film of suspense or subtlety but it is entertaining enough with a new approach to a very old mystery. I'm pleased i purchased it.