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From Hell (2001), R
Analysis Date: October 26, 2001
CAP Score: 19
CAP Influence Density: 2.01

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FROM HELL (R) -- I will not spend much of it on discussing this movie.

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Director(s): Albert and Allen Hughes
Producer(s): Thomas M. Hammel, (exec), Jane Hamsher, Albert Hughes, (exec), Allen Hughes (exec), Don Murphy, Amy Robinson (exec)
Written by/Screenplay: Alan Moore (comic book series), Eddie Campbell (comic book series), Terry Hayes, (screenplay), Rafael Yglesias (screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: Peter Deming
Music: Trevor Jones

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Time has become a limiting premium. I will not spend much of it on discussing this movie.

1888. White Chapel district of London. Drug addict Scotland Yard Detective Fred Abberline (Johnny Depp) eventual foils Jack the Ripper. Heather Graham plays Mary Kelly, Abberline's intimate prostitute friend and intended victim of the Ripper. *From Hell* earned a CAP final Score of 19 with zero in Wanton Violence/Crime, Impudence/hate, Sex/Homosexuality and Drugs/Alcohol. [Ps. 12:8]

There is little more to be said about this fact-based work of fiction to aid in your assessment of it as "entertainment." I will let the heart of the CAP analysis Model applied to this movie, the quite lengthy Findings/Scoring section, speak for itself.


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  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively extreme vulgar and vile entertainment with impunity] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it.].

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]

    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: From Hell (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • assaults, repeatedly
  • knife threats, repeatedly
  • stalking
  • police corruption
  • dead bodies, repeatedly
  • threats to kill, repeatedly
  • human mutilations, repeatedly
  • graphic murder victims, repeatedly
  • mob mentality
  • decomposed bodies, repeatedly
  • brutalization of women, repeatedly
  • conspiracy to murder
  • pictures of gore
  • story of cannibalism
  • extreme gore

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • nine uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • public urination
  • prostitution, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • intercourse, repeatedly, once with nudity
  • full female nudity, repeatedly
  • lesbian kissing, repeatedly
  • pelvic nudity
  • man in bed with woman, clothed
  • man in bathtub
  • statue nudity
  • open mouth kissing
  • lesbian approach

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drunkenness, repeatedly
  • smoking dope, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drug intoxication, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • drug preparation
  • drug consumption, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • Kevorkian art
  • psychic powers
  • five uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • knife murders, repeatedly

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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