In 1888, a ruthless and cold-blooded killer called Jack the Ripper by the press begins hunting prostitutes in East London, and while the murderer’s work is savage, the mutilation of his victims suggests the fiend has an extensive medical background. And then Johnny Depp steps in to save the day or something. Who cares about the specific plot details when you know the movie is going to be amazing because it teams up serial killer lore with one of the best actors of the era and graphic novelists extraordinaire Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell? Tune in tonight for “From Hell” at 8 p.m. ET and/or 12:30 a.m. ET.
Here are five reasons you should watch “From Hell” tonight:
1. Johnny Depp
It’s no secret that we have an HR-approved corporate crush on Johnny Depp. So when he teams up with …well, anyone, we’re there. Did you see the pics from Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”? Or the “21 Jumpstreet” trailer? Or “Dr. Seuss”?
2. Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
This dynamic duo has made some of the best graphic novels of all time. The 572-page (collected) serial “From Hell” is no exception. The book takes as its premise a slightly modified version of Stephen Knight’s theory that the Jack the Ripper murders were part of a conspiracy to conceal the birth of an illegitimate royal baby fathered by Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence.
3. Heather Graham
Who doesn’t love her? Well, Candace from “Portlandia” may not be a big fan:
4. Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes
The sibling directorial team best known for their gritty depictions of America’s urban underground in such films as “Menace II Society” and “Dead Presidents,” changed direction for this film and the result is a gritty depiction of London’s urban underground. In the best way possible.
5. Jack the Ripper
An anonymous serial killer is clearly one scary dude, but when David Cross’ “Todd Margaret” gets in touch with his inner Ripper, it’s just as scary.
“From Hell” airs on IFC on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. ET; Friday, Nov. 4 at 12:30 a.m. ET; Monday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. ET; and Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 12:35 a.m. ET