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''From Hell'' is a 2001 thriller starring JohnnyDepp and based on the Alan Moore comic [[ComicBook/FromHell of the same name]].

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!! The film provides examples of:
* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
** Creator/JohnnyDepp as Inspector Abberline is more attractive than he's drawn in the comic, where he's based on Robbie Coltrane. Ironically, Coltrane was cast in a different role.
** A phenomenal case of ComicallyMissingThePoint is that the prostitutes/victims are far more attractive than in the realistic book where they look just like underfed women who live in slums would look like. Moore specifically denounced this trope when portraying them in the book, taking away the exploitation aspect in representing them which this film enforces with a straight face.
* AndIMustScream: Ann BoundAndGagged and used for a lobotomy demonstration.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory / ArtisticLicenseBiology: Ann Crook is lobotomized to keep her from spilling the truth. However, lobotomies weren't actually practiced until the 1930s, and the patient was usually awake during the procedure. In the graphic novel, [[spoiler: Gull]] just damaged/removed Anne's thyroid gland.
* BavarianFireDrill: Depp's character gains access to Ben Kidney's office by intimidating the night porter.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: [[spoiler: Sir William Gull a.k.a Jack The Ripper shows these for a moment]].
%%* BodyHorror: John Merrick.
* CompositeCharacter: Johnny Depp's character is a cross between Abberline and Robert Lees, though physically he resembles Prince Eddy more closely.
* ConnectTheDeaths: Inspector Abberline does this on a map.
* DeathByChildbirth: Abberline's wife died giving birth to their son.
* DiesWideOpen: One of the victims died this way.
* DistractedByTheSexy: A meta-subversion. One of the deleted scenes opens with a naked girl stepping out of a bath, followed by a dramatic bit having nothing to do with her. Per the commentary, the scene was deleted because the girl was so sexy, the audience was in the wrong mood for the drama.
* DoublingForLondon: Prague, using backlot sets rather than city streets.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The hero [[DidNotGetTheGirl didn't get the girl]] and killed himself. The Ripper evades justice by lobotomy, although that's not necessarily a plus in his case.]]
** BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: On the other hand, Mary Kelly survives and returns to Ireland with Ann's child, safe from Gull and the government.]]
* EagleEyeDetection
* EyeScream: "I could pop your eye out...they don't care if a whore can't see."
* AGlassOfChianti: The villain is seen sipping blood from a wine glass.
* GoodNightSweetPrince: Said by Sergeant Godley after [[spoiler:Abberline dies of a drug overdose]].
* GrapesOfLuxury: Used to lure victims into the fangs of The Ripper.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Uttered by one of the prostitutes before heading out for some hooch.
* InstantSedation: Justified, inhaled anesthetics prior to Ann's lobotomy.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: 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.
* {{Lobotomy}}: A man is shown demonstrating how to perform a lobotomy to a group of medical students. Several characters have had one done.
* LighterAndSofter: The movie retains the somber mood of the original and adds some dark elements (in the graphic novel Ann Crook was not a prostitute, Abberline [[spoiler: didn't kill himself but is an elderly narrator]], Gull [[spoiler: wasn't lobotomized (although he developed dementia and was institutionalized by Freemasons)]] etc. But on the whole the film is nowhere as dark as the original which tended to make [[spoiler: Gull and Mary Kelly the protagonists]] and Abberline a kind of a third protagonist but stressed less than the other two. It specifically criticized the idea of a heroic "detective" solving the crime whereas Abberline is more heroic and is more active, and younger than the original. Especially the NightmareFuel chapter of [[spoiler: Gull mutilating the final victim.]]
* MadnessMantra: Ann has several, but then again, she [[{{squick}} has had a rather extensive lobotomy]].
* PoorCommunicationKills: If only the police had warned the public about the GrapesOfLuxury used by The Ripper...
* PragmaticAdaptation: 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.
** Ann Crook is rendered catatonic by being lobotomized, while in the graphic novel she had her thyroid gland damaged/removed. The process was probably changed because the audience might not be aware that loss of the thyroid gland without appropriate drugs ''can'' result in impairment of mental processes - whereas pretty much everyone knows that having a chunk of your brain cut out is almost ''never'' good for you.
* PreMortemOneLiner: Subverted. Abberline gets his line in ("You're not going to see the 20th century"), then walks towards Gull, raises his gun and ... gets a TapOnTheHead from Sir Charles Warren, [[NoPeripheralVision whom he did not see approaching]].
* PsychicPowers: Abberline has these in the movie, linked to opium use-hallucinations were commonly thought of as divinations.
* SecretCircleOfSecrets: The cult circle.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable / BoundAndGagged: And [[AndIMustScream used for a lobotomy demonstration]].
* TraumaticHaircut: Ann Crook had a beautiful crown of curly golden hair, but it's all but shorn off in the mental institution.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The original graphic novel is heavily based on Moore and Campbell's mountains of research and the appendices are careful to separate historical truth from [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie semi-fictionalized conspiracy theories that simply make a good story]], to outright invention on their part. The movie disregards this, and the real, historical lives of the film's characters, completely.
* VictorianLondon: The setting.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: 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.
* WretchedHive: London of the late 1880s as depicted certainly qualifies as one.
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