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From Hell (2001)

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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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