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Hammer's trademark gothic style permeates this suspenseful thriller, considered one of the acclaimed British studio's superior efforts, thanks largely to the directorial skills of Peter Sasdy. This marked his last feature-length collaboration with the studio until 1980, when he returned to direct installments of the Hammer House of Horror television series. In the film's prologue, young Anna, the infant daughter of the notorious Jack the Ripper, witnesses her mother's brutal murder at her father's hands. Years later, the lovely teenage Anna (Angharad Rees) is plagued by traumatic memories of the incident and repressed impulses in which love and death are inextricably linked. These impulses finally turn homicidal when her emotions are stirred, spelling doom for anyone who arouses her. Anna's case is handled by the repressed psychoanalyst, Dr. Pritchard (Eric Porter), whose growing physical attraction to the girl could result in far worse than a mere breach of professional ethics. Sasdy weaves the psychological elements through the story with finesse, paralleling the sexual tension between the doctor and his patient with the mounting horror of the inevitable outcome. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast

Eric Porter
as Dr. John Pritchard
Angharad Rees
as Anna
Jane Merrow
as Laura
Keith Bell
as Michael Pritchard
Dora Bryan
as Mrs. Colding
Lynda Barron
as Long Liz
Margaret Rawlings
as Mme. Bullard
Marjie Lawrence
as Dolly
Marjorie Rhodes
as Mrs. Bryant
Elizabeth MacLennan
as Mrs. Wilson
Barry Lowe
as Mr. Wilson
April Wilding
as Catherine
Anne Clune
as 1st Cell Whore
Vicki Woolf
as 2nd Cell Whore
Katya Wyeth
as 1st Pub Whore
Beulah Hughes
as 2nd Pub Whore
Ann Way
as Seamstress
Molly Weir
as Maid
Charles Lamb
as Guard
Tallulah Miller
as Pub Whores
Peter Munt
as Pleasants
Katya Wyeth
as 1st Pub Whore
Margaret Rawlings
as Mme. Bullard
Barry Lowe
as Mr. Wilson
Charles Lamb
as Guard
Lynda Barron
as Long Liz
Tallulah Miller
as Pub Whores
Beulah Hughes
as 2nd Pub Whore
Anne Clune
as 1st Cell Whore
Molly Weir
as Maid
Elizabeth MacLennan
as Mrs. Wilson
Marjorie Rhodes
as Mrs. Bryant
April Wilding
as Catherine
Ann Way
as Seamstress
Marjie Lawrence
as Dolly
Vicki Woolf
as 2nd Cell Whore

Crew

Peter Sasdy
Director
Aida Young
Producer
Kenneth Talbot
Cinematographer
Christopher Gunning
Composer (Music Score)
Roy Stannard
Art Director
Cliff Culley
Special Effects
Ariel Levy
First Assistant Director
Bunty Phillips
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