From Hell


Release Date: 2001
Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Running Time: 137 minutes
Cast: Robbie Coltrane, Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Ian Richardson
Comic Artist: Alan Moore
First Appearance: From Hell


First published between 1989 and 1994, Moore's From Hell looks more at the "what happened" than the "who dunnit" behind the Ripper killings in London's East End. Moore, known for his work on V for Vendetta, Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Miracleman drew this strip in glorious monochrome.


This heady snort of paranoia about the trail of terror left by Jack the Ripper is extraordinarily violent, in addition to being one of the most breathtaking leaps of directing skills seen in years. It follows the dogged investigation of Abberline (Johnny Depp)and his partner, Sergeant Godley (Robbie Coltrane), in trying to stop the bloody carnage by the East End's most famous criminal. The movie succeeds, but it does have its faults - the attempt to weld social melodrama and suspense creaks at some of the joints. But the Hughes Brothers' goal here is to make an epic of savagery, and they are brilliant at ambience and details.

© Elvis Mitchell , The New York Times

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