With the mutilated bodies of prostitutes left behind as his calling card, Jack the Ripper remains one of the most nightmare-inducing criminals to ever stain a city with blood. His cunning helped him slip into the shadows of Whitechapel night and out of the morning unknown. His knowledge of anatomy could rival that of any surgeon. His hands had the precision of a medical examiner in the postmortem mutilation of his victims. Even long after he was assumed dead, forensic investigators have followed the Ripper’s phantom footprints everywhere from the foggy, red-light districts of London to the grim back alleys of New York City. HIs diabolical mind has also been dissected as the subject of countless books, films, TV episodes and even comics and graphic novels.
Whoever the specter with the knife and scalpel really was, his pseudonym and legend (not to mention the iconic image of a cloaked silhouette in a top hat stalking the gas-lit streets) have become so iconic that later murderers using his modus operandi are now headlined in the news as rippers. Not that #ripper is the kind of fame you want following you around the internet!
Since there is no better time for serial killer movies than Halloween, turn all the lights off if you dare and marathon these 13 Jack the Ripper-inspired horrors that might end up giving you insomnia and that constant urge to look over your shoulder — especially after dark.