I came across the film From Hell in a 3.75$ bin and decided to pick it up. I picked it up over Sleepy Hollow, which I’ve seen several times and like. I knew I had watched From Hell but wasn’t sure why I had never seen it again.
Now I remember why. I want injustice to be resolved. And this film contains a travesty of justice that is never punished because it came down from the crown itself. In order to hide an unsuitable marriage in the royal family, a female monarch approves a plan that sees the unsuitable bride kidnapped and put into an asylum with a forced lobotomy and just left there. A scene shows her in a cell by herself, but that isn’t the most accurate. Women like her would be guaranteed to be raped by staff and non-violent ‘patients’ would often be in general population and would often get raped by other patients as well.
This fact completely ruins the movie for me. The fact that Jack the Ripper turns out to be the one who is killing off all the women who actually knew about this marriage creates an interesting nuance to the story. And then to help cover up his part in it, he is lobotomized so he can’t give away the fact that the crown is behind it all. It isn’t enough for me.
The fact that nothing is ever done to help this woman who didn’t know that her wealthy protector who married her in secret was part of the royal family and she is left with a horrible brain injury in a place that just hides things for wealthy families and is mostly likely to end up living a life of violence and repeated rape is all it takes to make the movie horrible and intolerable to me.
The names in the cast are not enough to over come that fact. The quality of acting isn’t enough. I do not recommend this movie ever.