The focus here isn’t on the murderer per se. Rather, From Hell is a somewhat eccentric (and not-too-historically accurate) character study of Frederick Abberline (Johnny Depp), the Whitechapel Police inspector who led the investigation into the Jack the Ripper slayings in London circa 1888. More stylish period piece than murder mystery, the movie does truly live up to its title (a term allegedly coined by the Ripper himself in a taunting letter to the authorities) when “Jack” – alias Royal Family physician and Freemason Sir William Gull (Ian Holm) – slaughters his final victim (whom he assumes is Mary Kelly) during a gore-soaked ritual in which he literally morphs into some kind of demon. Not surprisingly, there has been a number of other films and television series over the years that feature this fiend, including GW Pabst’s 1929 German black and white classic Pandora’s Box, Bob Clark’s entertaining 1979 Sherlock Holmes movie Murder by Decree and a two part TV show in 1988 starring Michael Caine as Abberline. As in From Hell, Gull is identified as the killer in the latter two (although he is referred to as Thomas Spivy in the Clark version).