RIPPER UNTOLD (2021) Reviews and behind-the-scenes video

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‘No one is safe’
Ripper Untold is a 2021 British horror film about an inspector and a medical examiner investigating a series of murders in Victorian London. However, one of them harbours a deadly secret

Written and directed by Steve Lawson (Jekyll and Hyde; Saltwater: The Battle for Ramree Island; Bram Stoker’s Van Helsing; The Haunting of AlcatrazPentagramThe Exorcism of Karen WalkerHellriserKillerSaurus; et al).

The Creativ Studios production stars Jonathan Hansler (The Lockdown Hauntings; Vampire Virus; The Haunting of Alcatraz; The Devil’s Machine; Nocturnal Activity; The Devil’s Business), Phil Molloy, Dawn Butler, Chris Bell (The Heiress; Knights of the Damned; The Curse of Robert; Haunted franchise), Jacob Anderton (I Am Vengeance: Retaliation; Tales from the Lodge; 13 Graves; Ripper 2016 short; Scarecrow 2014) and Marcus Langford (The Haunting of Alcatraz; Vigilante StyleHellriser).

Our review:
Steve Lawson’s contribution to the mass of Ripper-themed movies deviates from the facts to present a new twist on the oft-told tale of serial killings in 19th-century Whitechapel. Serious Ripperologists won’t relish the plot but for casual viewers, this is a somewhat sedate yet intriguing take on the infamous unsolved murders. There are also some elements of social awareness and points about class and racism that add depth without being preachy. 

Overall, it’s more of a mystery crime drama than a horror movie although there are brief gruesome glimpses of three female victims. Those paying close attention will probably guess the identity of the killer midway but there is still a degree of tension as the investigation unravels. Aside from one key role, performances are fine from the conspicuously limited cast. Despite an obviously limited budget, there is decent period detail. Ripper Untold is worth a watch for genre fans.
Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA

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Other reviews:

“The film’s pacing is unhurried and although it’s well acted and the period design is well handled I feel that it takes more than a stream of dialogue scenes to keep one’s attention especially with when the narrative is based around the infamous Jack the Ripper, it really needs that something more to truly stand-up to its subject matter.” My Bloody Reviews

“The atmosphere of 19th century London is established with a moody and sometimes mournful soundtrack, small limited sets that are mainly contained to single rooms or alleyways, and establishing shots of London landmarks from the time. Ripper Untold is a low thrills horror that nonetheless had me enjoying it. I like the topic anyway and it was interesting to see how this indie thriller got around concessions to budget.” The Rotting Zombie

” …while Ripper Untold takes the subject seriously it takes a lot of liberties with the facts. The characters are still interesting but don’t expect the names you’re familiar with from the historical accounts of the killings. Taken as a character-driven mystery, Ripper Untold is interesting enough to hold one’s interest. Just don’t expect a slasher. Or much horror of any kind.” Voices from the Balcony

Choice dialogue:

Dodds: “Everyone’s talkin’ about it. It’s all Ripper this and Ripper that.”

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Release:
In the UK, Ripper Untold was released on DVD by High Fliers Films on June 28th 2021.

The film is also available to buy or rent via Amazon Prime

Cast and characters:
Jonathan Hansler … Thomas Locque
Phil Molloy … Inspector Edmund Rees
Dawn Butler … Miss Levine
Chris Bell … Stubb
Sylvia Robson … Elizabeth Locque
Barry Shannon … Doctor George Lowry
Jacob Anderton … Dodd
Shady Murphy … Sally
Marcus Langford … Constable
Leah Valentine … Polly Neilson
Kirsty Baxter … Mary Jane Keates
Melody Smith … Catherine Eastwood

Technical details:
1 hour 25 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1
BBFC rating ’15’

Related:

“From Hell…”: Jack the Ripper on Screen – article
More Jack the Ripper movies
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018)
Jack the Ripper (2016)
Razors: The Return of Jack the Ripper (2016)
Ripper Street (TV series, 2012)
From Hell (2001)
Jack’s Back (1988)
Terror at London Bridge (1985
Murder by Decree (1978)
Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)
Hands of the Ripper (1971)
A Study in Terror (1965)
Jack the Ripper (1959)
Man in the Attic (1953)
The Lodger (1944)
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (Alfred Hitchcock, 1926)

More British movies

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