Film From Hell
" From Hell" is anther movie based on the case of Jack The Ripper, by
the New 20th Century Fox Production. The Ripper haunted Whitechapel, a
district of East London, during the late 1880s. He was said to be the
first documented and investigated serial killer at the time. One thing
we should ask ourselves when we are watching this two hour
masterpiece: was the movie historically accurate? I believe the answer
is far more complicated than a sheer yes or not. The deliver of the
Whitechapel in 1880s and the illustration of the everyday lives of its
resident were very accurate. On the other hand, the plot of the movie
had deviated theatrically from the historical fact. But the
combination of historical facts and fiction, gives us the movie " From
Hell". And we shall ask why the movie is filled with make-up stories?
These inaccuracies in the film would mislead those who have no
previous knowledge of the ripper case false.
The portrayal of the Whitechapel district was very realistic:
A. Murders were common in Whitechapel in the 19th century. Pubs and
prostitutes were side by side with shops. The poverty and despair can
be easily noticed in the film.
Most streets in Whitechapel were narrow. People often lived in cellar
rooms with little light and ventilation. The area was filled with pubs
where the Ripper's victims found their "customers." Some of the
popular hangouts of 1888, like "The Ten Bells," are still open and are
On August 31, 1888 the Ripper's terror first struck Whitechapel. Mary
Ann ("Polly") Nichols, a 42-year-old mother of five who lived on
Flower and Dean Street, was brutally murdered. Her father, testifying
at the inquest, said his daughter was "too good" to have enemies. No
one in the area heard any screams. By the time a constable found her,
Mary Ann Nichols had been dead about 30 minutes.
People weren't shocked that a murder occurred in Whitechapel. They
were upset about the way the deed was done. (Follow the link to the
BBC's Radio Merseyside to hear the story. You will need Real Audio.
Move the "play" button ahead to 10:15 and stop it at about 13:50.
B. The victims (prostitutes) of the ripper was quite accurate. They
were middle aged women.
C. The detail of the lodging house. Lodging house in Whitechapel were
often over crowded- the poor could not afford the price of the bed, so
they would pay a less amount of money for the privilege of sleeping
over a rope.
At the end of the 19th century, many poor people rented beds for the
night at communal lodging establishments called "doss houses." Rent
payments for the bed (the "doss") were usually owed in advance.
Whitechapel had more than its share of such places.
The fiction part of the movie:
A: Inspector Abberline was an Opium addict and a psychic!?