FROM HELL

Wallowing in Gore and Tragedy

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Release Date: October 19, 2001

Starring: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham,
Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane, Ian
Richardson, Terence Harvey,
Jason Flemyng, Lesley Sharp, &
Susan Lynch

Genre: Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers & adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 122 minutes

Distributor: 20th Cent. Fox

Director: Allen & Albert Hughes

Executive Producer: Amy Robinson, Thomas M.
Hannel, Allen Hughes, & Albert
Hughes

Producer: Don Murphy & Jane Hamsher

Writer: Terry Hayes & Rafael Yglesias

Address Comments To:

Peter Chernin, Chairman & CEO
The Fox Group
Tom Rothman & Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
A division of Fox, Inc. & News Corp.
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
Website: www.fox.com

Content:

(PaPaPa, OO, HH, RoRo, FeFe, AcapAcap, Ab, Ho, C, LL, VVV, SS, NNN, AA, DDD, MM) Strong, but mixed, pagan worldview that includes occult premonitions & references to the gnostic Order of Freemasons, a Humanist/Romantic, feminist, anti-capitalist attack on Christian civilization (but not necessarily Christianity itself), some lesbian homosexual elements which are rebuked, & some Christian references & redemptive elements where troubled hero sacrifices his own life & happiness to protect two other people from an evil cabal; about 24 obscenities (including some “f” words) & 6 profanities; plenty of extreme, gruesome violence including bloody crime scenes of murdered women who have their throats slashed, their bodies cut apart & their organs removed; depicted sex & fornication, prostitution, lesbian kisses women, implied fornication, & crude sexual solicitations; partial nudity & full female nudity in opium den among doped-up male voyeurs; alcohol use & drunkenness; smoking, depicted use of opium by hero in opium den, killer drugs his victims, & hero mixes absinthe (an aromatic liqueur) & laudanum, an opiate; and, corruption, kidnapping, forced lobotomies, & poor prostitutes are just victims of wealthy men rather than responsible moral agents.

Summary:

FROM HELL, starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham, is the most gory re-telling yet of Jack the Ripper, the infamous serial killer who terrorized prostitutes in Victorian England in 1888. Strongly atmospheric, but empty, FROM HELL presents a strong, but mixed, pagan worldview and includes occult elements, an attack on Christian civilization (but not Christianity itself), as well as a crude sex scene and graphic nudity.

Review:

The story of Jack the Ripper, the famous serial killer who terrorized prostitutes in Victorian England during the fall of 1888, still fascinates many people. Numerous movies have been made about the five gruesome murders, and numerous books have been written about the possible identity of the killer, who remains unknown to this day. There was even a STAR TREK episode that revealed the alien life form responsible for the murders. A STUDY IN SCARLET (1965), where fictional detective Sherlock Holmes tracks down the killer, is probably the best movie ever made on the subject. No movie, however, has fully shown the bloody carnage that this paragon of evil really wrought.

Until now, that is.

FROM HELL, starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham, is the most gory, violent re-telling of the legend of Jack the Ripper’s nefarious “career.” The movie renders the mad killer’s crimes in virtually every brutal detail. Johnny Depp plays Detective Fred Abberline, an opium-smoking widower who has visions and premonitions of the murders. Heather Graham plays one of the prostitutes being stalked by Jack the Ripper. Ian Holm plays the Royal Family’s aristocratic doctor who helps Abberline. Among the suspects are a prince, a violent pimp and his gang, the head of the British secret service, the director of the London police force, and a sadistic psychologist. The wealthy suspects all belong to the Order of Freemasons which runs England, according to the script.

FROM HELL presents a strong, but mixed, pagan worldview that includes occult premonitions and references to the gnostic Freemasons, a Humanist/Romantic, feminist, anti-capitalist attack on Christian civilization (but not necessarily Christianity itself), some lesbian homosexual elements (which are rebuked), and some Christian references and redemptive elements. In the end, the troubled Detective Abberline sacrifices his own life and happiness to protect two other people. The movie focuses on the tragic nature of this sacrifice instead of its nobler aspects. It also contains a crude sex scene and graphic female nudity. Strongly atmospheric, FROM HELL would rather wallow in gore and Abberline’s occult, drug-induced visions than provide an exciting, intelligent, triumphant story for the moviegoing public.

In Brief:

FROM HELL, starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham, is the most gory re-telling of Jack the Ripper, the infamous serial killer who terrorized prostitutes in Victorian England in 1888. Johnny Depp plays Detective Fred Abberline, an opium-smoking widower who has premonitions of the murders. Heather Graham plays one of the prostitutes Jack the Ripper stalks. Ian Holm plays the Royal Family’s aristocratic doctor helping Abberline. Among the suspects are a prince, a violent pimp, the head of the British secret service, the director of the London police force, and a sadistic psychologist. The wealthy suspects all belong to the Order of Freemasons which runs England, according to the script.

FROM HELL presents a strong, but mixed, pagan worldview that includes occult premonitions and references to the gnostic Freemasons, a Romantic, feminist, anti-capitalist attack on Christian civilization (but not Christianity itself), some lesbian homosexual elements, a crude sex scene, graphic nudity, and some Christian references and redemptive elements. In the end, the troubled Detective Abberline sacrifices his own life to protect two other people. Strongly atmospheric, FROM HELL would rather wallow in gore and Abberline’s occult, drug-induced visions rather than provide an exciting, intelligent, triumphant story.