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From Hell
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Directed By
Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

Written By:
Terry Hayes, Rafael Yglesias

Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane, Ian Richardson, Jason Flemyng, Katrin Cartlidge, Terence Harvey, Susan Lynch, Annabelle Apsion

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From Hell (2001)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
March 28th, 2008



I can not believe that no one else has reviewed this flick before.

With all the apparent Horror-Movie-Fans that there are here on Matchflick it strikes me as tres' bizarre, indeed, that FROM HELL got missed, somehow.

I mean, 'Hello, Everyone!'.... FROM HELL's about JACK THE RIPPER(!!!!), you know. That's right, JACK THE FRIGGIN' R-R-R-RIPPER!!!!. Like, hey, all you gore-lusters, and ghostbusters, Doesn't that mean anything!? JACK's the Grand-Daddy of all serial-killers. JACK was such a brutal gut-slasher and throat-gasher that he makes Freddie Krueger, and all those other make-believe copy-cats, look like Twinkies and total amateurs by comparison. He does.

JACK was the real McCoy. JACK was the all-time MANIAC.

FROM HELL is set in the year 1888. It takes place in the Whitechapel District of London where THE RIPPER murders were committed and had everybody gripped in an absolute fit of terror.

What makes FROM HELL worth a view is that about 25 years ago, after some painstaking research was done on the subject of THE RIPPER, some new and truly amazing evidence appeared in the case. It points very clearly to uncovering the true identity of JACK. It also explains why JACK was savagely slaughtering prostitutes. And, the biggest mystery of them all, it hints at what might have become of JACK after the killings had stopped. These 3 pieces of 'newly' uncovered evidence are incorporated quite cleverly into FROM HELL's story-line. I like these FACT-MIXED-WITH-FICTION flicks.

I promise that I am not going to be a heartless beast and give anything away about this new RIPPER evidence. But I will tell you this....JACK THE RIPPER was a 'hit-man'. Now, who he was working for and why he committed these gruesome murders, well, that's for you to find out. And, believe me, when you find out you'll be absolutely amazed and shocked, too. You will.

For anyone who might be concerned, FROM HELL does not skimp one iota on the gory graphics, or the brutal reality of THE RIPPER murders. In fact, it's just what the Doctor-of-Horror ordered. I'll openly admit that some of the images in FROM HELL were so intense that they, literally, gave me some pretty disturbing nightmares. REQUIEM FOR A DREAM did the same thing to me. So did 28 DAYS LATER.

Actors JOHNNY DEPP and ROBBIE COLTRANE were, at best, adequate in their roles as detectives working on THE RIPPER CASE, but definitely their presence in this flick was nothing to rave about.

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Mar 28, 2008 10:08 AM
I'm kinda a serial killer geek, yeah I know its a lil wierd but I have always had a fascination with the psychology of serial killers... so the evidence regarding the identity of our Jack was nothing new and I actually did a paper on it back when I was just 12.

As a movie with big actors like Depp it was pretty week, I watched it once and thought at least they got accross a few facts, but after watching it once I had no desire to see it again, it didn't even dawn on me that it would be classed as a horror movie until you brought it up as such.
Mar 28, 2008 7:39 PM
Well, because of the horrific content of this flick I assumed it would be rated as a 'Horror' movie. So, what do you think would be a better classification?

Do you know why they labeled this killer with the name "JACK'?
Mar 28, 2008 7:53 PM
Yeah it was the name on the bottom of a letter sent to the police by the alleged killer, although they felt the letter was bogus.

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