is a 2001 thriller starring Johnny Depp
and based on the Alan Moore comic of the same name
The film provides examples of:
- Composite Character: Johnny Depp's character is a cross between Abberline & Robert Lees, though physically he resembles Prince Eddy more closely.
- Connect the Deaths: Inspector Abberline does this on a map.
- Darker and Edgier: The movie retains the sombre mood of the original and adds even more dark elements which is no small feat (in the graphic novel Ann Crook was not a prostitute, Abberline didn't commit suicide but is an elderly narrator, Gull wasn't lobotomized (although he developed dementia and was institutionalized by Freemasons) etc.
- Death by Childbirth: Abberline's wife passed away giving birth to their son.
- Dies Wide Open: One of the victims died this way.
- Doubling For London: Prague, using backlot sets rather than city streets.
- Downer Ending: The hero didn't get the girl and commits suicide. The Ripper evades justice by lobotomy.
- Eagle Eye Detection
- Eye Scream: "I could pop your eye out...they don't care if a whore can't see."
- Fake Brit: Johnny Depp, using the same accent that he would later use as SweeneyTodd.
- A Glass of Chianti: The villain is seen sipping blood from a wine glass.
- Good Night, Sweet Prince: Said by Sergeant Godley after Abberline dies of a drug overdose.
- Grapes of Luxury: Used to lure victims into the fangs of The Ripper.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Uttered by one of the prostitutes before heading out for some hooch.
- Instant Sedation: Justified, inhaled anesthetics prior to Ann's lobotomy.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Averted, because it's rather her enemies. Abberline knows perfectly well that Mary survived, but decides not follow her to Ireland because, if it became clear that she survived that night, Mary would be hunted down and silenced.
- Jack the Ripper
- Lobotomy: A man is shown demonstrating how to perform a Lobotomy to a group of medical students. Several characters have had one of these.
- Madness Mantra: Ann has several, but then again, she has had a rather extensive lobotomy.
- Poor Communication Kills: If only the police had warned the public about the Grapes of Luxury used by The Ripper...
- Pragmatic Adaptation: The film's one clever moment was how it efficiently replaced the visual montage of how ordinary people wrote phony letters claiming to be from Jack the Ripper with a quick scene in which the detectives read those letters with each being read with a different voice.
- Psychic Powers: Abberline has these in the movie, linked to opium use—hallucinations were commonly thought of as divinations.
- Secret Circle of Secrets: The cult circle.
- Traumatic Haircut: Ann Crook had a beautiful crown of curly golden hair, but it was cut in mental institution.
- Victorian London: The setting.
- What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Try to guess which unfortunate girl is the future love interest. Though this is actually and surprisingly in line with history; Mary Kelly was considerably younger and prettier than the other Ripper victims.