FROM HELL

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From Hell(2001) Stars: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Robbie Coltrane, Ian Richardson, and Ian Holm Director: Albert Hughes Editor: George Bowers Costume Design: Kym Barret Cinematographer: Peter Deming __________________________________________________________________________ Scotland Yard Inspector Frank Abberline's new assignment is to investigate the brutal "Jack the Ripper" murders in the Whitechapel district of London. Virtually driven to madness during his hunt, he uncovers a conspiracy involving the government, a string of prostitutes and blackmail that could lead straight to the Royal Palace. FROM HELL puts an intense psychological spin on the horrific legend of Jack the Ripper and unravels a chilling alleged conspiracy involving the highest powers in England. The graphics at the start of the film was very creepy with the appearance of the title name in the center of the screen in blood red lettering, unscrabbling to form "From Hell". The music that was used also gave a feeling of sorrow and horror.

There are many scenes in the in the film that could make a great painting. The one scene that sticks in my head is the scene where Inspecter Abberline is laying in his place of residence with his eyes closed smoking opium that he had become addicted. The movie began with this scene and ends with the same scene. Art principles were applied in this film by the use of dreary dark colors to perpetuate the mood, setting, and time of day due to the fact that most of the film is shot at night. In my opinion "From Hell" was an excellent movie filled with artistic value.