Hands of the Ripper

Synopsis: The infant daughter of Jack the Ripper is witness to the brutal murder of her mother by her father. Fifteen years later she is a troubled young woman who is seemingly possessed by the spirit of her father. While in a trance she continues his murderous killing spree but has no recollection of the events afterwards. A sympathetic psychiatrist takes her in and is convinced he can cure her condition. Soon, however, he regrets his decision.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Peter Sasdy
Production: Universal
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

It's the Ripper! Come on!

It's the Ripper! Come on!

There he goes!

- He's gone in a house!

- Now we've got him!

There was another murder. They're

looking for Jack the Ripper.

It's you!

It's you they're looking for!

Anna... Anna...

It's very cold here, Granny.

It's lonely. Very lonely.

'It's so cold, Granny. So cold.'

Mary, dear, listen

carefully to Granny.

Is there no one with you in the

spirit world to play with, dear?

Is there no one at all?

'It's very lonely, Granny.'

Well, look around you, dear.

Is there no one at all with you?

There must be someone with you.

Oh, I don't think

you're trying, dear.

Look behind you.


Who is it, dear? See who it is.

Look hard for Granny, dear, please.

'I-It's a little girl like me.

'A little girl.'

Ask her her name, dear.

Find out her name.

Not her spirit name, dear.

We wouldn't know her spirit

name down here, would we?

She says her name's Claudia.

She's very nice but her

dress, it's all wet.

It's Claudia! Claudia, my baby.

Claudia, can you hear Mama?

'Claudia, speak to Mama, please.'

I hear voices, strange voices,

but I can't make out

what they're saying.

What is happening? I don't

understand the foreign language.

Italian? Is it Italian?

La poverina.

I see a boat. There's been an

accident. Is that what I see?

I see a boat and I see

water. Lots of water.

- A lake...

- Claudia, can you hear me?

Speak to me. Please.

Is Claudia happy, Mary?

Ask the little girl,

is she happy, dear?

It's Granny, dear.

Ask the little girl, is she happy?

Can you hear me, Mary?

You must try, dear, or Granny

will get very annoyed.

It's no use. We've lost contact

with the spirit world.

Oh, please try.

If the spirits won't cooperate,

there's nothing we can do this end.

According to the stars,

the spirits should be very

auspicious next Wednesday,

if you'd like to try again.

I can spare a little time about

30 if you'd like to pass by then.

Mrs Golding, as a

student of the occult

I've never witnessed such close

contact with the spirit world.

A truly amazing talent, madam.

A very natural talent, Mr Dysart.

Very natural talent, madam.

- I'll do all I can to help.

- Thank you. We're very grateful.

- Thank you.

- Till Wednesday, then.

This was your first visit to a

medium, then, Mr Pritchard?

Yes, it is.

The young have no

interest in spirits.

There are so few people

they know who are dead.

As one gets older, one finds

that death separates us more

and more from loved ones.

I wager you find that

true, Dr Pritchard?

Yes, Mrs Golding.

- Ow! Get off!

- My dear young lady!

- What are you doing, girl?

- Did I hurt you?

Yes, you did, sir...

I mean, no, of course

you didn't, sir.

What are you doing down here?

She loves to listen to the

spirit voices. Run along now.

I told her, she mustn't loiter down

here when I've got customers...

Guests... She doesn't

listen to a word I say.

Your child, Mrs Golding?

I took her in from an

orphanage some years ago,

out of the goodness of my heart.

Her mother was done in, I fear.

She's a trifle touched, I'm afraid.

God knows what happened to her

father if she ever had one.

But one has to do all one can

for the poor creatures of this world.

Don't you agree, Dr Pritchard?

Yes, Mrs Golding. One must.

Good night, gentlemen. Good night.

For a music hall turn,

it was entertaining.

Music hall turn?

Criminal deception.

That poor woman was

driven to hysteria.

Mrs Golding's a bloodsucker

making money out of human grief.

A letter or two in the press

should put her and her like

out of business for good.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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