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Old School Jack the Ripper Night!

  • Jan 26, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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With the cold weather sunk in, now is the perfect time to curl up with some warm comfort food and a nice libation and take a look back on three very different views (that also happen to contain two of my all time favorite movies of any genre) of the monster that terrorfied Victorian London and captured the imagination of the world for the past century: Jack the Ripper.

First up is a very straight-forward, fact-filled take on the Ripper Murders that also happens to be one of the best Sherlock Holmes movies ever made: MURDER BY DECREE

Murder by Decree Poster

Christopher Plummer and James Mason head an all-star cast as The Great Detective and his faithful Boswell, Dr. Watson as they are forced by public demand to solve the gruesome murders of prostitutes in Whitechapel, which leads to the very obvious question... why didn't the local authorities or the goverment call on him earlier? This film features one of the most popular and commonly believed solutions to the actual murders and is just a great thriller.

and speaking of thrillers...

Next up is an episode of the Boris Karloff hosted anthology television series: THRILLER called "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper"

This classic episode was written by none other than PSYCHO author and legendary Ripperologist, Robert Bloch and is a modern-day (well, 1960's) tale of a series of murders in New York City that more than a little resembles the Ripper murders of the 1880's. But it is just a copycat committing the crimes.... or is it? This story was originaly published in "Weird Tales" magazine in 1943 and launched Bloch on his bloody writting career. It is widely considered one of the authors best short stories and its themes have been "borrowed" time after time in other horror stories.

Speaking of great stories that live on time after time (see how slick that transistion was?)... our next film takes the Ripper another two decades into the future, this time to the late 1970's and one of the most romantic manhunts of the 19th and 20th centuries... TIME AFTER TIME.

Malcolm McDowell is the timid H. G. Wells who has built an actual time machine but hasn't quite worked up the nerve to use it. His good friend, Dr. John Leslie Stevenson (David Warner) has no problem taking a trip to the future when he is unmasked as being none other than Jack the Ripper and soon the two Victorians are racing around San Francisco in 1979.

As a bonus, if anyone is game for one more outing after TIME AFTER TIME, we can go even further into the future with Robert Bloch's pseudo-sequel to "Yours, Truly Jack the Ripper" The classic STAR TREK episode "Wolf in the Fold" In this episode Scotty (James Doohan) is accused of commiting a brutal murder while on leave. However we quickly discover that Jack the Ripper is behind it and is soon terrorizing the USS Enterprise.

I'll make a pot of chili and some cornbread to warn our tummys as our spines are chilled and thought I could whip up some Bloody Mary Kelly's in honor of Saucy Jack's last victim if anyone would like some drinks with a bite. As always, feel free to brings snacks or drinks to share but don't feel obligated in any way to do so.

Also, if you can not make it, please change your RSVP so I have an accurate head count for food. I'll send out an email closer to the meetup with my address and contact information for those who haven't been over to my place. Hope to see you for a night with Jack!

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  • Rick

    Awesome as always. Jeff throws a great bash every time!

    1 · January 27, 2013

  • Dawn

    Loved all the shows and the amazing food- sorry I didn't get to chat with the new guys more but hope to see you at a future event- thanks for hosting Jeff you're the MAN

    1 · January 27, 2013

  • Jeff

    Thank you everyone for another great night and an extra special thanks to Lorna for the awesomely cool shot glass all the way from London!! I LOVE it!! Looking forward to the next one!

    1 · January 27, 2013

  • Angela

    Great night, thanks Jeff!

    2 · January 27, 2013

  • stacy

    it was great and the food Jeff made was yummy too

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • Jeff

    WARNING: The geese have descended on my apartment complex so the drive and walk ways are covered in geese poop. Tread carefully and I'll see you all in Whitechapel!

    1 · January 26, 2013

    • Rick

      My voodoo curse worked!

      2 · January 26, 2013

  • Rick

    I'll grab a side dish of some sort from Whole Foods or Soopers, probably something cold like a bean or pasta salad. Looking forward to a fun day. Thanks as always, Jeff.

    January 25, 2013

    • Linda

      Rick, I'm meeting my parents for lunch downtown today. I can give you a ride and we can stop at Whole Foods together on the way if you want. Text me if you want to do that. See ya soon!

      January 26, 2013

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    A former member

    Bringing wine and snacks ;-)

    January 25, 2013

  • stacy

    I will bring salami and cheese,crackers,bottle of wine

    January 25, 2013

  • Angela

    Looking forward to it! I'll bring some beer. And I might be a few minutes late--I'll be coming from Arvada and will do my best to be there right at 2 but if not, please start without me.

    January 25, 2013

  • Matt

    Bride Across Time aka Terror at London Bridge is the David Hasselhoff film.

    January 19, 2013

    • Jeff

      I absolutely must track that down now! Thanks! :)

      January 19, 2013

  • Dawn

    http://joshuahoffine.com/#/1- he's done some jack the ripper pics

    January 15, 2013

    • Jeff

      That is some funky gory stuff! :)

      January 15, 2013

  • Dawn

    Jeff I will have to leave by 7:00 but hopefully will get to see most of the "program"

    January 10, 2013

  • Dawn

    I haven't seen any of these (esp star trek hahaha) Chili and "Bloody Mary Kelly"'s sound perfect. I'll bring something chocolatey

    December 5, 2012

    • Jeff

      SERIOUSLY!?!?! Oh goody goody goody! You are in for an AWESOME treat! The two features are two of my all time favorite movies and I can't wait to have other people see them! :D

      December 5, 2012

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  • Jeff
    Film Historian & Trivia Master, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Rick
    The Writer Dude
  • Dawn
    your demon den-mother, Organizer
  • Angela
    The Fearless
  • Linda
    The Cool Cat
  • A former member
  • A former member

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