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From Hell (2001)

Only the legend will survive.

Original Title : From Hell
Director : Albert Hughes
Allen Hughes
Writer : Alan Moore
Eddie Campbell
Terry Hayes
Rafael Yglesias
Genre : Thriller
Crime
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Thomas M. Hammel , Jane Hamsher , Albert Hughes , Allen Hughes , Don Murphy , Amy Robinson
Music : Trevor Jones
Photography : Peter Deming
MPAA Rating : Rated R for strong violence/gore, sexuality, language and drug content.
IMDB ID : 0120681
Official site : http://www.fromhellmovie.com/
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Starring

Johnny Depp Inspector Fred Abberline
Heather Graham Mary Kelly
Ian Holm Sir William Gull
Robbie Coltrane Sergeant Peter Godley
Ian Richardson Sir Charles Warren
Jason Flemyng Netley, the Coachman
Katrin Cartlidge Dark Annie Chapman
Terence Harvey Benjamin 'Ben' Kidney
Susan Lynch Liz Stride
Paul Rhys Dr. Ferral
Lesley Sharp Kate Eddowes
Estelle Skornik Ada
Nicholas McGaughey Officer Bolt
Annabelle Apsion Polly
Joanna Page Ann Crook
Mark Dexter Albert Sickert/Prince Edward Albert Victor
Danny Midwinter Constable Withers
Samantha Spiro Martha Tabram
David Schofield McQueen
Bryon Fear Robert Best
Peter Eyre Lord Hallsham
Cliff Parisi Mac Bartender
Sophia Myles Victoria Abberline
Ralph Ineson Gordie
Amy Huck Gull's Maid
Rupert Farley Doss Landlord
Donald Douglas Hospital Director
John Owens Marylebone Governor
Liz Moscrop Queen Victoria
Ian McNeice Robert Drudge
Steve John Shepherd Special Branch Constable
Al Ashton Stonecutter (as Al Hunter Ashton
Poppy Rogers Alice Crook
Bruce Byron Ann Crook's Father
Melanie Hill Ann Crook's Mother
Andy Linden Carpenter
David Fisher Carpenter/Letter Writer
Gary Powell Constable
Steve Chaplin Constable
Vincent Franklin George Lusk
Louise Atkins Bold Hooker
Anthony Parker John Merrick
James Greene Masonic Governor
Dominic Cooper Constable
Carey Thring Police Photographer
Vladimir Kulhavy Rag &
Graham Kent Records Clerk
Rupert Holliday-Evans Sailor (as Rupert Holiday Evans
Simon Harrison Thomas Bond
Paul Moody Young Doctor
Glen Berry Young Labourer
Charlie Parish Labourer
Gerry Grennell Funeral Minister/Letter Writer
Roger Frost Sidewalk Preacher (uncredited
Stephen Milton Medical Student (uncredited
Tony Tang Opium Den Owner (uncredited
 

Plot

It is 1888 in London, and the unfortunate poor lead horrifying lives in the city's deadliest slum, Whitechapel. Harassed by gangs and forced to walk the streets for a living, Mary Kelly and her small group of companions trudge on through this daily misery, their only consolation being that things can't get any worse. Yet things somehow do when their friend Ann is kidnapped and they are drawn into a conspiracy with links higher up than they could possibly imagine. The kidnapping is soon followed by the gruesome murder of another woman, Polly, and it becomes apparent that they are being hunted down, one by one. Sinister even by Whitechapel standards, the murder grabs the attention of Inspector Fred Abberline, a brilliant yet troubled man whose police work is often aided by his psychic abilities. Abberline becomes deeply involved with the case, which takes on personal meaning to him when he and Mary begin to fall in love. But as he gets closer to the truth Whitechapel becomes more and more dangerous for Abberline, Mary, and the other girls. Whoever is responsible for the grisly acts is not going to give up his secret without a fight....will they be able to survive the avenging force that has been sent after them from hell?
 

Comments

Moody horror that covers the holes in it's plot with a great atmos-fea In 1888, Inspector Abberline investigates the case of `Jack the Ripper', who is murdering his through a group of poor whores on London's streets.As he grows close to one of the prostitutes, he also begins to detect a conspiracy that is higher than he suspected. Adapted from the Alan Moore/Eddie Campbell comic this is a dark little horror movie.The story opens and closes with Abberline in an opium den (draw your assumptions from that) and follows his investigation into the murders of several whores.The story uncovers a conspiracy that involves police, special branch, masons, surgeons and perhaps royalty.The middle section is the one you need to be focused during - at one time there are quite a few possibilities bouncing around and you need to concentrate.However in the latter stages the story is clearer as the Ripper is revealed - although his portrayal as a psycho and an intelligent controlled man don't sit well together. Story aside the film's strength is in it's direction, it's sets, costume and total sense of place and mood.The sets are excellent and 19th century London is well recreated.The mood brought to the streets at night also deserves praise, the camera moves around shadowy streets - however it does it without cheap `jump out of shadows' teen-slasher style tricks, here it is more a sense of fear than a series of sudden shocks.The directors bring plenty of fresh tricks to the story - plenty of imaginative scenes (including one where a victim lies still while the action around her body speeds up to get to the morning), and there are plenty of quick cuts and edits to make us create our own horror.The creation of unseen horror is well done by the sound effects - there are plenty of blade noises, cutting of skin etc - you don't see it onscreen, but you can't help but see it. The film most horrible idea is of London ruled by a cold Queen who only sees poor subjects as things or material to be worked with.This idea is played through the elite - the masons are happy to do anything to achieve their aims, experimental surgery is played out in front of audiences and the disfigured are not seen as people.This concept, added to the excellent mood and direction make up for the weaknesses in the plot and the occasional bad performance. Depp is good as Abberline - a stronger willed man that his Sleepy Hollow character, and manages to do a good accent for most of the film.Heather Graham is not as good - she's too pretty to be one of the whores and her accent wavers regularly between London and LA.She is good for most of her scenes, but her scenes with the rest of her whores seem overdone by all the ladies.The group of women all seem to be saying their dialogue extra loud and with extra accent - I can't really describe it but they don't feel natural.The rest of the cast are filled out with excellent Brits - Holm, Richardson, Rhys and a small role for a well known face in Lock, Stock's Jason Flemyng as coach driver Netley. Overall this is good - the fear is instilled through sound, mood and shadows.The final 15 minutes feels like it reverts to a standard thriller with a standard mad bad guy, and the end may be a little too happy - but just remember it opens AND closes with Abberline off on opium (get it?).
 
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