When prostitutes are brutally murdered and mutilated in the White Chapel district of London, Inspector Abberline (Johnny Depp) is placed on this fictional case – based on the real serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. Known for having psychic visions of crimes before they happen, Abberline begins to investigate the murders. He utilizes a friend of the victims – Mary Kelly (Heather Graham) and a retired surgeon – Sir William Gull (Ian Holm). The dark and gloomy sets of FROM HELL capture the mysterious, foggy look of late 19th century London. Johnny Depp does a tremendous job of bringing his character to life, and while the tension is not as high as it could be, this turns out to be a solid mystery and thriller.
A couple of graphic scenes depict women getting their throats cut along with other killing scenes where only a bloody knife is shown. In addition, one graphic sex scene includes motions and female breast nudity. Some foul language occurs as well, most notably numerous uses of the non-Victorian f-word. With graphic violence, explicit sexual content and vulgar language, FROM HELL is a suitable description of this film.