Jack The Ripper (1976) Jess Franco

Jack The Ripper (1976)

Genre: Horror | Thriller
Director: Jess Franco
Country: West Germany
Language: English
Subtitles: English (.srt file)
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.75:1
Length: 90mn
File: Dvdrip Xvid Avi -1024 x576 - 25fps - 698mb

Klaus Kinski ... Dr. Dennis Orloff / Jack the Ripper
Josephine Chaplin ... Cynthia
Andreas Mannkopff ... Inspektor Selby
Herbert Fux ... Charlie, the Fisherman
Lina Romay ... Marika

A serial killer whose mother was a prostitute starts killing streetwalkers as a way of paying back his mother for her abuse.

One of the remarkable elements about this improbably interesting, intelligent and engaging fictionalization of the Jack the Ripper story is the fact that the amazing Klaus Kinski is not the only reason the film held my interest. Basically, this is a rather graphic horror film with a lot of perverse sexuality (all of which is too disturbing to be interesting from any prurient perspective). Yet this is not Jesus Franco's standard garbage, but rather an interesting Freudian interpretation of Jack the Ripper, which deviates far enough from the actual historical facts to allow for a few surprises along the way.

The cinematography is generally good. The editing and pace are decidedly unamerican, and will turn off mainstream audiences. the film proceeds at a steady pace, but features dialog which is more oriented toward driving the plot than elaborating the characters. The cast is pretty uneven, but strong support comes from Menkopff, Chaplin and Fux. Kinski's role, though not much of a challenge for him, is interpreted with the great actor's usual intensity. The sets, though not particularly London, and a tad anachronistic at times, are detailed and enjoyable in their own right.

What the film does successfully - and again, it's not all Kinski - is to create a tense and disturbing atmosphere, punctuated with occasionally graphic scenes of sexual and bloody violence. Along the way, the director presents an interpretation of Jack the Ripper which is straight out of Freudian pop psychology. The effect is powerful, and the film is memorable.


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