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JACK EL DESTRIPADOR DE LONDRES/JACK THE RIPPER OF LONDON

aka 7 MURDERS FOR SCOTLAND YARD

1971

Cast: Paul Naschy (Bruno Dorini), Patricia Loran (Lulu), Andres Resino (Winston Darby Christian), Renzo Marignano (Commisioner Gambit), Orchidea De Santis, Franco Borelli, Irene Mir
Director: Jose-Luis Madrid
Producer: Jose-Luis Madrid/Cinefilms & International Apollo Films
Sceenplay: Jose-Luis Madrid, Jacinto Molina, Tito Carpi
Music: Piero Piccioni

Other titles: 7 CADAVERI PER SCOTLAND YARD (Italy); JACK THE MANGLER


Running time: various sources indicate 87 min.

   

A low budget and generally lackluster direction hamper JACK EL DESTRIPADOR DE LONDRES from realizing the promising possibilities strewn throughout a concise, moderately interesting script. Naschy plays an ex-circus performer who, wrongly suspected of being the contemporary version of the famed serial butcher, must hide away from the police as he tries to avenge the murder of his wife. Oddly enough, he doesn't get much to do, except drink at pubs or in bed and get into fights. In fact, he is more a secondary character than anything else. The teasing tension evoked by certain P.O.V. shots notwithstanding, the greatest fault of the film lies in playing the killings so matter-a-factly. They are set up with little suspense, almost no explicit gore, and no revealing nudity. For a Jack the Ripper film (and one made in the 1970s) this is an inexcusable sin. Even the poorest Italian gialli exhibited some exploitation scenes that made them noteworthy, but this joint Spanish-Italian production steers clear of such, leading one to suspect the existence of a "harder" version.

[Source print: Video Search of Miami 83 minute version, titled JACK THE MANLGER, which is a dupe (a few generations removed) of the Italian print of the film, 7 CADAVER PER SCOTLAND YARD/SEVEN BODIES FOR SCOTLAND YARD. The video quality is fuzzy, but VSoM's own exclusive English subtitles are clear and easy to read, and right now the only way for Anglos to understand the film. Apparently an English-language version once existed. Its discovery, which would hopefully recover whatever sex and violence may have been shot, will mandate a revised opinion of the film.]


              


Top left and right: Italian posters
Bottom: Mexican lobby card

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