DirectorRowdy Herrington CinematographyShelly Johnson Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateMay 6, 1988 CastJames Spader (John / Rick Westford), Cynthia Gibb (Chris Moscari), Jim Haynie (Sgt. Gabriel), Robert Picardo (Dr. Carlos Battera), Chris Mulkey (Scott Morofsky) Similar moviesFrom Hell (2001), Jack the Ripper (1959), Dont Answer the Phone (1980), A Study in Terror (1965), Hands of the Ripper (1971)
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Jack’s Back is a 1988 mystery/thriller film written and directed by Rowdy Herrington and starring James Spader and Cynthia Gibb.
A young doctor in Los Angeles becomes a suspect when a series of Jack the Ripper copycat killings is committed. However, when the doctor himself is murdered, his identical twin brother claims to have seen visions of the true killer.
Cast and characters
James Spader as John/Rick Wesford
Cynthia Gibb as Chris Moscari
Jim Haynie as Sgt. Gabriel
Robert Picardo as Dr. Carlos Battera
Rod Loomis as Dr. Sidney Tannerson
Rex Ryon as Jack Pendler
Chris Mulkey as Scott Morofsky
Mario Machado as Anchorman
Danitza Kingsley as Denise Johnson
The film got a negative review in The New York Times, which read in part "Jack's Back, which opens today at the Cine 1 and other theaters, is so dull it leaves you plenty of time to marvel at how a plot can be this rickety, how a production can look this shabby, and how the first-time writer and director Rowdy Herrington could borrow a story with so relentless a grip on our imaginations and in no time at all declaw it."
Conversely, both Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert gave it a thumbs up with Siskel declaring that it was a most impressive debut for Rowdy Herrington, as it was for Spader and Gibbs. As of April 2012, it has an insufficient number of reviews for an overall rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website.
Home video releases
UK-based distributor Slam Dunk Media released the film on DVD in May 2007 in 1.33:1 full frame format. It is the only DVD release to date. It was available on Netflix video streaming service in SD widescreen format. Scream Factory released the film in fall 2015 for the first time on Blu-ray Disc in the US.