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Jack the Ripper (1979)

Cast: Josephine Chaplin, Andreas Mannkopff, Lina Romay, more...
Director: Jesus Franco
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Media Syndication, Inc.
Running Time: 88 min.
Languages: English, French, Italian, German
Subtitles: Finnish
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One of the better efforts from prolific cult director Jesus Franco, this Swiss-German horror film stars Klaus Kinski, in his final film for Franco, as the notorious Jack the Ripper. A respected doctor by day, Kinski bloodily dismembers London prostitutes by night, until the local Inspector's girlfriend (Josephine Chaplin) goes undercover to catch him. Full of graphic gore and nudity, the film is likely to appeal to horror buffs more than Kinski's usual fanbase, but his is a mesmerizing and quite effective performance. Herbert Fuchs and Lina Romay are among the Franco regulars in the cast, with Fuchs turning in an amusing cameo as a would-be extortionist. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

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for franco fans by mgeis February 23, 2006 - 2:48 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
For a genre movie, it's not bad story-wise. Quality-wise, for a genre movie, it's excellent. Great transfer, good restoration of the original negative. One user commented about the dubbing -- the movie was shot without sound (that's how the production company was churning out a film a month). The dialog was written after photography finished, and the spoken dialog does not match the temporary dialog used during shooting. Based on what the producer had to say about it, Kinski's dialogue is used on both the German and the English tracks. Interstingly, this entry (and all others) in "The Jess Franco Collection" is put out by a man who hasn't spoken with Franco in many years (but who owns the right to the films). The commentary is pretty funny -- the producer tries to disavow other directors' complaints about Kinski, saying he was a delight to work with, and not difficult at all. Later, he talks about how the female lead was subjected to Kinski's "violent outbursts" during their scenes together, and had the bruises to show for it.

unwatchable by desdemona April 12, 2005 - 10:33 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I cannot even rate this film because I only watched 10 minutes of it.
It is extremely important to know that this is a dubbed film, and there are no english subtitles-save the commentary subtitles. Which means you have the option of watching a horrible english version that makes the characters more absurd than intended, or attempt the german which somehow also seems to be dubbed. And unlike many herzog/kinski films, klaus does not supply the english track.
I am not adverse to a B horror film-I was only watching for Klaus. But I cannot bear to watch dubbed films, so I gave up. Everyone should know before they try this.

Worthless by sdbiolaw February 15, 2005 - 8:48 PM PST
1 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Completely without artistic merit, this meandering mass of blather is not redeemed by its occasional kaleidoscopic glimpses of hairy pubic regions.

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