From Hell
Review by Ross Anthony

With the qualification that horror is not my favorite genre, I found very little entertaining about this film. The characters are rather shallow and undeveloped. An awkward passionless romance crops up oddly against a mysterious series of slayings in 1888 London. Big music tries to make meaningless visuals scary, but simply cannot find a way.

Hardly suspenseful, seldom scary, barely gory, I'm not sure who will find this film fun to watch.

One artful moment -- the very first slaying. Screen nearly pitch black, the silvery edge of a knife flashes vertically, clean and shimmering on the down stroke, dripping of crimson blood on the up stroke. That scene lasts mere seconds, Johnny Depp's apt acting talents relegated to deadpan investigation dominates the picture.

  • From Hell. Copyright © 2001. Rated R.
  • Starring Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Jason Flemyng, Robbie Coltraine, Lesley Sharp, Susan Lynch.
  • Directed by Hughes Brothers.
  • Written by Terry Hayes/Rafael Yglesias.
  • Based on Graphic Novel by Alan More/Eddie Campbell.
  • Produced by Don Murphy/Jane Hamsher at 20th century.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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