THE SYNOPSIS In the autum of 1888 the infant Anna watches as her father, the infamous Jack the Ripper, brutally murders her mother, after which he kisses her and leaves. Years later, the orphaned Anna (Angharad Rees (opens in new tab)) is now under the care of a fake psychic (Dora Bryan (opens in new tab)) and has been forced into prostitution. When the psychic is found gorily impaled on a spike, psychiatrist Dr John Pritchard (Eric Porter (opens in new tab)) suspects Anna killed her.
And he’s right, for whenever light reflections and an embrace coincide, Anna goes into a trance-like state and stabs whoever touches her. Unaware of this trigger and wanting to cure her homicidal impulses using new Freudian techniques, Pritchard takes Anna under his wing and into his home. But as the murders continue, Pritchard unwittingly puts himself and all those under his roof in mortal peril…
THE UK BLU-RAY RELEASE Hands of the Ripper is presented on Blu-ray (opens in new tab) in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio as part of Network Distributing's The British Film collection. The extras are the same that appeared on Network’s 2006 Special Edition DVD release: an audio commentary with the late Angharad Rees (who died aged 68 in 2012 from cancer) and horror historians Kim Newman and Stephen Jones, an episode from the Thriller TV series, Once the Killing Starts starring Rees, theatrical trailer, gallery and commemorative booklet.
If you want to read more about the Hammer horror, read Pete's full review (just click here (opens in new tab)) http://youtube.com/v/3r3SXbhiMls
SOURCES: (*) The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies, Phil Hardy, 1986 The Hammer Vault, Marcus Hearn, 2011
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