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      A Study in Terror

      1966 1h 34m Horror List
      Reviews 33% Audience Score 100+ Ratings In this Sherlock Holmes tale, Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary 19th-century British sleuth (John Neville) is on the trail of Jack the Ripper. In the dark alleys of London, the notorious Ripper has committed a series of gruesome murders when Holmes takes on the task of solving these horrific crimes. The process takes Holmes from the lowest rungs of society all the way to the peak of the aristocracy, discovering blackmail and family insanity everywhere he goes. Read More Read Less

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      Eddie Harrison film-authority.com ...doesn't sell out Holmes for cheap laughs or thrills... Rated: 3/5 Aug 12, 2021 Full Review Alberto Abuín Espinof 'A Study in Terror' is worthy entertainment, much more interesting than Herman Cohen's previous productions. [Full Review in Spanish] Apr 18, 2020 Full Review Tony Mastroianni Cleveland Press Add John Neville, a skillful English actor to the long list of performers who have played Sherlock Holmes, and place him high on the list. Apr 5, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The horror/suspense tale looks good in Technicolor and art director Alex Vetchinsky creates an atmospheric smoky Whitechapel setting. Rated: C Jan 1, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      john c A very laboured effort compared to later movies "From Hell" and "Murder by Decree" which tie the Royal Family to the Jack the Ripper killings. The greatest weakness of the movie I think is a lackluster effort by John Neville as Sherlock Holmes and a really bad performance by Houston as Dr. Watson. The rest of the cast is quite good and the storyline is fairly plausible and moves along at a good pace. It could have been a much better movie with more interesting performances in the two lead roles. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 09/30/23 Full Review Audience Member i recommend this film because at long last the identity of jack the ripper is revealed. i thought it caught the victorian era look and feel very well; particularly the shadowy, damp streets. the action scenes were hokey, but for a decades old picture it was the norm. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member It had all the elements to make a good film, but it abuses of clichés, complicates what could have been a good plot with barrochism and falls in great mistakes. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review andy f An atmospheric if rather pedestrian Hammer-esque tale of Sherlock Holmes on the trail of Jack The Ripper. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member An excellent Sherlock Holmes romp through the fog of London. It has the distinction of being bizarre, therefore unpredictable and fun. The question is, is this Sherlock Holmes? Yes, it is. It's well acted, beautifully filmed and has some scares as well as a dose of British humor. Star trips include Anthony Quayle, Judi Dench and Frank Finlay. Quayle and Finlay would star in another Holmes /Jack the Ripper film, 1979's Murder by Decree" with Finlay playing the same character in both, that being Inspector Lestrade. The one drawback to this film is it's soundtrack. It is a mix of standard contemporary mid-sixties drek complete with bongos and a bit of classic horror faire. If you've never seen Sherlock Holmes go after Jack The Ripper, you're in for a treat. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member John Neville takes his turn as Sherlock Holmes (and Donald Houston is Watson) in this rather middling adventure. It isn't that the film is bad, it's just that we've seen Holmes so many many times before (and since) and nothing much stands out from this new portrayal. The case, however, is new (but not unfamiliar): Holmes and Watson strive to identify and to capture Jack the Ripper. The Victorian era and the Whitehall district of London are rendered suitably but unimaginatively - there is something dull about the mise-en-scene too, although it ticks the usual boxes (music hall/boisterous pub, prostitutes in allies, hansom cabs, period costumes). The script tosses up a few red herrings (and young Judi Dench!) but it isn't too hard to figure out the culprit before he is apprehended by Holmes. This is, by the standards of the day, a fine B-grade time-waster but I'll take Rathbone and Bruce any day over these pale imitations! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In this Sherlock Holmes tale, Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary 19th-century British sleuth (John Neville) is on the trail of Jack the Ripper. In the dark alleys of London, the notorious Ripper has committed a series of gruesome murders when Holmes takes on the task of solving these horrific crimes. The process takes Holmes from the lowest rungs of society all the way to the peak of the aristocracy, discovering blackmail and family insanity everywhere he goes.
      Director
      James Hill
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 34m