R | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
In Victorian-era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders of Jack the Ripper.
The ceremony, in which Dr. Ferral (Paul Rhys) is partaking halfway through the movie, is a Freemasonic initiation ritual. During this particular ritual, the candidate (Dr. Ferral) is initiated into the very first degree of Freemasonry called "Entered Apprentice". For this ritual, the candidate is stripped of all of his clothes, except his shirt, and is clothed in a pair of drawers kept in the lodge for the use of candidates. The candidate is then blindfolded, which masons refer to as "hoodwinking", and a rope called a "Cable-tow" is hung around his neck. His left foot is bare, his right in a slipper, and his left breast and arm are naked. After a lengthy ritual, the candidate is finally ordered to kneel on his left knee, place his right hand on the square and compass, and raise his left hand in the air. He is then ordered to give the solemn oath of secrecy. In every ritual degree of Freemasonry, the candidate is required to take an oath, and is warned of the hideous and grotesque penalty that awaits him, if he dares ever to reveal any of the group's innermost secrets. In this first degree oath of Freemasonry, as is depicted in the movie, the candidate declares: "...binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by its roots, and my body buried in the rough sands of the sea, at low-water mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, should I ever knowingly violate this my Entered Apprentice obligation."
Sorry about the rude awakening.
Abberline has an old looking phonograph in his flat. It has 100 years worth of blemishes even though it was a brand new invention.
Thanks to the Megerdichian family
The line "Jack the Ripper's not finished", which was included in several previews, is not in the film itself.
$11,014,818 (USA) (21 October 2001)