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From Hell
- Johnny Depp

Overview - FROM HELL is a gory detective film cloaked in Victorian-era mystique. The movie shows how the serial killer Jack the Ripper stalked the dark streets of 1888 London, slaying prostitutes and crudely dissecting their bodies. Based on the graphic novel written by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, this moody chiller is directed by twin brothers Albert and Allen Hughes (MENACE II SOCIETY, AMERICAN PIMP).  Read more...

 
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Overview

FROM HELL is a gory detective film cloaked in Victorian-era mystique. The movie shows how the serial killer Jack the Ripper stalked the dark streets of 1888 London, slaying prostitutes and crudely dissecting their bodies. Based on the graphic novel written by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, this moody chiller is directed by twin brothers Albert and Allen Hughes (MENACE II SOCIETY, AMERICAN PIMP). Johnny Depp stars as Inspector Frederick Abberline, who smokes heavy doses of opium and drowns himself in absinthe to evoke hallucinatory visions that are his clues to catching the Ripper. Heather Graham costars as the prettiest of the floozies, who wins the muted affections of the Inspector. With plenty of atmosphere and spooky effects, FROM HELL borrows scenery, filming tricks, and sequence construction from a host of popular movies, resulting in a visually interesting--if inconsistent--style. Haunting nighttime shots of the London skyline (actually Prague) bleed into shadowy Tim Burton-like prowls through the damp cobblestone streets; aerial camerawork contrasts with crowded ground-level focuses; and the camera peeks around corners and into foggy windows with stealthy curiosity. What may stand out most in viewers minds after the carnage is through, is the exaggerated use of surround sound, which brings a dreadful sense of reality to the film's gore, making FROM HELL all the juicier.

Cast List

Jane Hamsher - PRODUCER
Albert Hughes - Director/Producer
Don Murphy - Producer
Terry Hayes - Australian Screenwriter
Ian Richardson - Scottish character actor
Ian Holm - British actor, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001)
Ian Holm Cuthbert - British actor, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001)
Heather Graham - American actress, BOOGIE NIGHTS
Johnny Depp - American Actor - SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STR
Katrin Cartlidge - British Actress, NAKED (1993), BREAKING THE WAVES (1996)
Robbie Coltrane - British Actor
Martin Childs
Paul Rhys - British Actor
Peter Deming - American Director Of Photography
Terence Harvey
Rafael Yglesias - Novelist/Screenwriter
Amy Robinson - American Producer/Actress
Dan Lebental - Editor, FROM HELL (2001)
Thomas M. Hammel
Edward Campbell
Kym Barrett
Trevor Jones - Composer, EXCALIBUR (1981)
Allen Hughes - Director/Producer
Susan Lynch - British Actress, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (2001)
Jason Flemyng - British Actor
Lesley Sharp - Actress
Alan Moore
Marilyn Manson - Shock Necrophyte Rocker

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 121
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543054481
  • Genre: Horror
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (strong violence/gore, sexuality, language and drug content)
  • Release Date: August 2014

Related Categories:
Movies > Horror/Suspense

Related Keywords:
Thriller
Murder
Theatrical Release
London, England
Serial Killers
Prostitutes/Whores
Murder Investigations

 
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Reviews:
"...The Hughes Brothers' goal here is to make an epic of savagery, and they are brilliant at ambience and details....A conspiracy-theory thriller with brains and a heart..." - 10/19/2001 New York Times, p.E16


"...Sensational and accomplished....A horror film of genuine artistry and excitement. The Hughes brothers work with commanding restraint..." - 10/26/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.87-8


"...Impressively realized, confirming the Brothers as formidable visual stylists....The shadow-drenched Prague studio sets help sustain a sense of claustrophobia well suited to a tale of endemic corruption..." - 03/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.45


"...It's a true auteur movie, perfectly in sync with the brothers' previous output and delivered with a dry, subliminal message..." - 03/01/2002 Total Film, p.102


"...A rich, atmospheric film....The movie feels dark, clammy and exhilarating -- it's like belonging to a secret club where you can have a lot of fun but might get into trouble..." - 10/19/2001 Chicago Sun-Times, p.35

 
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