1) What do these three movies have in common besides the same directors? Well, pimps, prostitutes, ghettoes and urban violence. No wonder The Hughes Brothers were Ripperologists since they were kids. When they were old enough to hold a camera they made the fascinating documetary American Pimp. Johnny Depp in From Hell is my favourite Ripper movie. Not only is the movie wonderful and tragic, but the extras on the dvd make it a must own set. Just about everything you need to learn about making movies can be found on the extras, and just about everything on Ripperland too.
2) What could be more exciting than Sherlock Holmes on the trail of Jack The Ripper? Well, this movie, Murder By Decree has some amazing stars and a Freemason Conspiracy. The first time I saw this movie I was completely excited and blown away...and quite frightened...conspiracy, murder, innocent women, the royal family, adventure and Sherlock Holmes! Directed by Bob Clark R.I.P.(A Christmas Story, Black Christmas, Porky's) it was made in Canada at a time when a clever marriage between corporate investors and artists were pumping out some terrific movies and giving lots of people opportunities and jobs. (okay, there were some bad movies too...but Cronenberg made a lot of his explotation films then and the film scene was really up and coming and exciting in Canada for a couple of years) I am crazy about this movie and it features John Gielgud, Anthony Quayle, Christopher Plummer, James Mason, Susan Clark, Donald Sutherland and Genevieve Bujold. Although the movie From Hell was inspired by a graphic novel, it is much more like a remake of Murder By Decree.
3) Duke of Clarence, 1890. Cousin to a King, some claim he was The Ripper, and the reason for a cover-up.
4) Charles Warren, Head of Police in London during some of the Ripper murders. By now, the association and conspiracy theories of the Freemasons covering up the identity of the murderer are common. The root of these conspiracy theories was due to this cop being a Freemason.
5) Serial killers in the movies:
6) Study In Terror is one of the early versions of Sherlock Holmes meeting with Jack The Ripper and stars John Neville, Judi Dench and Anthony Qualye. It's good fun, plus, Frank Finlay, reprises his role as Inspector Lestrade in Murder By Decree1979 which he originally played in A Study In Terror in 1965..
7) Delightful movie imagining that Jack The Ripper snuck into H.G.Wells' time machine and went to the future and North America. Jack The Ripper says to H.G. Wells after they meet in San Francisco in 1974: "Ninety years ago I was a freak. Today I'm an amateur." The script was written by Nicholas Meyer who also wrote a novel and script called The Seven Percent Solution that has Holmes and Watson meet Freud in Vienna. Meyers has an amazing sense of characters and fun with both these revisionist histories. The movie Time After Time had Wells meet his second wife Amy Robbins in the future, a clever solution to why he was so supportive of feminism. Jack The Ripper sets the time machine to Novemember 5th. November 5th figures prominently in Back To The Future.
War and serial killers? This is a scene called "precious body fluids"... Sterling Hayden played General Jack D. Ripper in Kubrick's Dr. Stranglove.
8) Dr Thomas Neill Cream, a Montreal abortionist, perhaps the Ripper?
9) A butcher, a baker a candlestick maker...an artist? Walter Sickert an incredible painter in England became interested in The Camden Town Murder and made a few paintings based on the scene of the crime, or a coronor...the painting doesn't tell us which does it?
The Camden Town Murder, 1908, Walter Sickert.
Sickert, regarded by some as the greatest British painter between Turner and Bacon, has been linked to the murders before, but usually as an unwilling accomplice in a masonic conspiracy to cover up for the Duke of Clarence, Queen Victoria's dissolute grandson, whose passion for whoring in the East End left him with syphilis of the brain. The artist's name came into the frame when a man calling himself Joseph Sickert, and claiming the childless Sickert was his father, said the painter had confessed his part in the plot shortly before his death in 1942.(a book suggesting Lewis Caroll as the Ripper is Light Hearted Friend by Richard Wallace. A weak argument but fun read...could be a good idea for a future movie?
10) Songs about Jack The Ripper:
"Jack" - Iced Earth
"Jack the Ripper" - AFI
"Jack the Ripper" - Colin Meloy
"Jack the Ripper" - Fuzztones
"Jack the Ripper" - Gruesomes
"Jack the Ripper" - Judas Priest
"Jack the Ripper" - Link Ray
"Jack the Ripper" - Macabre
"Jack the Ripper" - Morrissey
"Jack the Ripper" - Motörhead
"Jack the Ripper" - My Chemical Romance
"Jack the Ripper" - Nick Cave
"Jack the Ripper" - One Way Streets
"Jack the Ripper" - Satelliters
"Jack the Ripper" - Screaming Lord Sutch
"Jack the Ripper" - Sons of Krypton
"Jack the Ripper" - Sun City Girls
"Jack the Ripper" - The Smiths
"Jack the Ripper" - The Horrors
"The Ripper" - Headboys
"The Ripper" - Judas Priest
11) Patricia Cornwall and Jack The Ripper
12) NEW THEORY! King of the Pimps Ripper in South Africa?
13) Scotland Yard
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