Hands of the Ripper (Peter Sasdy, 1971)

handsoftheripperbr“Sumptuous as a Merchant-Ivory production and savage as one of George Romero’s zombie movies, Hands of the Ripper mixes the strain of psychological horror evident in Hammer’s filmography (Scream of Fear, for example) with the increasingly graphic levels of gore demanded by shifting genre tastes and enabled by loosening production codes. Indication that early-’70s Hammer horror was far from tapped out, Hands of the Ripper gets a terrific Blu-ray transfer, as well as some illuminating extras, from Synapse.”

Read the rest of my review of Hands of the Ripper, which dropped last week from on a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, only at Slant Magazine.

 

About Budd Wilkins

Budd Wilkins is a writer, film critic and instructor. He is a Staff Critic for Slant Magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Nordic Issue of Acidemic Journal of Film and Media. He is currently writing a chapter for an anthology on international horror directors to be published by Intellect Press and distributed by University of Chicago Press. Mr. Wilkins was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He attended Penn State for several years before moving to North Carolina in 1994, where he earned his Bachelor's in Religious Studies and a Master's in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Film Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary focus is film history, film literacy and criticism, with the goal of bringing obscure, foreign and films that are labeled "difficult" to the attention of film aficionados of all kinds. Other interests and focus of critique include comparative religion, black humor, 19th century European literature, horror and graphic novels. Mr Wilkins lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Tina. Follow @buddwilkins on Twitter.
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