Reviewed by Patrick Cooper
Produced when Hammer Films was trying to reinvent itself in the face of more successful, subtle Hollywood horror films, Hands of the Ripper was their attempt to rejuvenate the Jack the Ripper mythos with a psychological thriller approach – although Jack has little to do with the story. While the film is in no way subtle, there are long periods in between bright bursts of gruesome violence where characters discuss Freudian psychology. So I guess that’s the “psychological” aspect of the thriller. That’s as deep as she goes though. READ MORE
From Hell is Alan Moore’s work that perhaps best displays his genius as a writer. The amount of detail and research put into this work about saucy Jack the Ripper is astounding. Now, Top Shelf Productions and Knockabout Comics are putting out the official “From Hell Companion”, that is packed with Moore and Campbell’s scripts, annotations, commentary, sketches, and plenty more.
It should be noted that Moore’s script for “From Hell” has never been released anywhere before. Not even on the internet! This is going to be one hell of a book, and pre-order begins this month. READ MORE
It’s not all sunshine and gumdrops being a comic character. Sometimes – actually, quite often – characters meet a gruesome, brutal fate. And that’s what we’re here to celebrate, because we are horrible, morbid, immoral people who delight in the suffering and agony of fictional characters. Comics have a history of violent deaths, but sometimes they are forgotten, left lying in the gutters. We’ve compiled a list of what we believe are the most brutal deaths in comics. It goes without saying, this is NSFW. READ MORE
Saucy Jack’s been busy these days in the pages of Dark Horse’s gothic throwback,‘The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde’. With Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror coming to a close this week things are bound to get bloody as one of the most famous serial killers of all time comes face to face with a gothic literature legend. Check out this extended preview of the fourth and final issue from Dark Horse. Read on for the skinny…
A new story arc in the Army of Darkness series is coming at the end of March. Ash goes to Europe and seems to fight all the old monsters and villains of that continent. This seems kinda like Abbott and Costello meet the universal monsters movies…but I love those movies so I will definitely read this. I think Jack the Ripper and American Werewolf in London are a must, what else do you guys want in it? More info after the break.
In 1888, Jack the Ripper is on his killing spree. Scotland Yard Inspector O’Neill is pleased to welcome to London his old friend Sam Lowry, a New York City detective who has come to visit him and is only too happy to help out with the case. Sam becomes attracted to Anne Ford, a modern woman for the age, but her guardian, Dr. Tranter doesn’t quite approve. The good doctor also seems to be out when the Ripper murders occur. As the population edge ever loser to taking the law into their own hands, the police slowly close in the killer.