Jack’s Back (1988)

USA, 1988

An American horror film directed by Rowdy Herrington.

Plot Summary

A series of killings seem to be copying the infamous Whitechapel Murders committed by Jack the Ripper in 1888. A young doctor comes under suspicion but when he falls prey to the killer, his twin brother investigates, following clues he saw in a vision of the true killer.


* = uncredited

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Palissades Entertainment
Producers: Cassian Elwes, Tim Moore
Script: Rowdy Herrington
Director of Photography: Shelly Johnson
Editor: Harry B. Miller III
Music: Danny Di Paola
Sound Mixer: Robert J. Anderson Jr
Costume Designer: Susie DeSanto
Key Make Up, Hair: Charles Balazs, Barbara Wolfe
Hair: Julie Mauger
Special Make Up Effects: John Naulin
Production Designer: Piers Plowden
Casting: Kimba Hills
Locations: 2nd Street Tunnel, Los Angeles, California, USA *

James Spader (John, Rick Westford)
Cynthia Gibb (Chris Moscari)
Jim Haynie (Sergeant Gabriel)
Robert Picardo (Dr Carlos Battera)
Rod Loomis (Dr Sidney Tannerson)
Rex Ryon (Jack Pendler)
Chris Mulkey (Scott Morofsky)
Wendell Wright (Captain Walter Prentis)
John Wesley (Sam Hilliard)
Bobby Hosea (Tom Dellerton)
Danitza Kingsley (Denise Johnson)
Anne Betancourt (Mary)
Diane Erickson (Andrea Banks)
Sis Greenspon (Martha)
Graham Timbes (surgeon)
Mario Machado (anchorman)
Paul Du Pratt (Collin Marsh)
Rana Ford (Emily Miller)
Daniela Petr (sister)
Shawne Rowe (Helen)

Alternative Titles

Jack the Ripper – Die Rückkehr – West Germany
Red Rain – working title
The Ripper – Hungary, West Germany
Viiltäjä Jack tulee takaisin – Finland



  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.434 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.261 – credits
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.130-231 – credits, review