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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Johnny Depp
Heather Graham
Ian Holm
Robbie Coltrane
Directors
Albert Hughes
Allen Hughes
Screenwriters
Terry Hayes
Rafael Yglesias
Running Time
123 minutes

From Hell
Whitechapel's claim-to-infamy brought to screen with style and substance and Johnny Depp.


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Plot
Whitechapel, 1888. Inspector Abberline investigates the Jack the Ripper case, detecting a vast conspiracy behind the murders. As the bodies pile up, he grows closer to Mary Kelly, a prostitute who seems fated to be the Ripper's final victim.


Verdict
With the look of Hammer films and the structure of JFK, UK viewers might find the leads' accents hard to place, but this is blood-and-thunder melodrama - we're supposed to be terrified, not convinced. A rare, clever, horror film.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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