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Ripper 2: Letter From Within

An asylum chief sends a troubled young patient to a dangerous virtual world, where virtual death causes real death.

Genre - Genre Classics

Director(s) - Jonas Quastel and Lloyd A. Simandl

Writer(s) - Pat Bermel,Jonas Quastel and John Sheppard

Cast - Erin Karpluk , Richard Bremmer and Nicholas Irons

Blue Rider's Role - Bridge financier

Distributor(s) - Velocity Home Entertainment

Release Date - 2003

Synopsis - In this horror/sci-fi thriller, the director of an asylum offers the serial killer Molly Keller (Erin Karpluk) a chance to be submitted to a pilot unconventional experiment in Prague, in the Weisser Institute. Molly accepts, and she travels to the clinic, where Dr. Samuel Wiesser (Richard Bremmer) developed a treatment using a virtual world, where Molly and deranged youngsters will be trial subjects. However, something goes wrong in the experiment, and when the patients die in their trip, the same happens in the real world.

Critics' Kudos:
The film Asylum: "The direction is surprisingly decent for this type of movie. The actors do a good job. Richard Bremmer plays the maniacal Dr. Samuel Wiesser, founder and creator of the secret medical institute undertaking experimental 'virtual' treatment on the group of annoying youngsters. Bremmer's eyes bulge with insanity as he mysteriously shepherds his flock of misfits from one nightmare to another. There are quite a few pretty naked women liberally scattered through out the running time (especially during the nightclub basement sequence), which is nice.

"Velocity's DVD presentation is reasonably solid with a good clean widescreen transfer which is pretty clear of image gremlins. The Dolby 2.0 stereo sound was also crisp. It's shot nicely and edited smoothly."

Movie House Commentary: "Ripper 2 features some impressive photographs of old castles and Prague street scenes and long scenes of gratuitous sexual acts between random strangers in a Czech sex club."

Shivers of Horror: "Erin Karpluk was actually quite good, and I wouldn’t mind seeing her in other films."

Viewers' Ratings:
As of Feb. 26, 2009, 176 viewers at The Internet Movie Database rated Ripper 2, and the demographic group that liked it most was males aged 45 and older, followed by boys 17 and younger.

Release Data: Ripper 2 had 2004 DVD premieres in The Netherlands and Norway.

Major Cast and Crew Credits and Awards:
Directed by Jonas Quastel (The Untold, Scourge, Premonition) and horrormeister Lloyd A. Simandl (Crackerjack 3, Chained Heat 2, Escape Velocity, Hell Mountain and 34 other movies).

Written by Pat Bermel (Ripper, Stag, The Gate; Best Screenwriter and Best Director Leo award nominee for The Invitation); Jonas Quastel (Listen, Sub Zero, Crackerjack, Scourge) and John Sheppard (Never Cry Werewolf); based on a story by John A. Curtis (Ripper, My Five Wives, The Silencer, A Twist of Faith) and Evan Tylor (Ripper, Stag, For a Few Lousy Dollars).

Stars Erin Karpluk (nominated for three Canadian awards for Godiva’s; appeared in the Emmy-winning Best TV miniseries Taken, the miniseries Battlestar Gallactica, Legend of Earthsea; ) and Nicholas Irons (The Madness of King George, Vlad, Soul Assassin, Sharpe's Waterloo, Ghost Voyage and eight episodes of Wicked Wicked Games).

Cast includes Mhairi Steenbock (O Jerusalem, Young Adam, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, Hooligans); Jane Peachey (Kill Kill Faster Faster, You're Dead, Sex 'n' Death, The Big Finish); Daniel Coonan (Britannic, Beginner's Luck, Recovery, Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee) and Colin Lawrence (X2, Fantastic Four, The 6th Day, Dreamcatcher, Missing in America, House of the Dead, seven episodes of Battlestar Galactica, four episodes of The L Word and 61 other movies and TV projects).

Executive Producers: Douglas W. Miller (Wake of Death, House of 9, Modigliani); Bill Allan (Ladies in Lavender, Hooligans, Kiss of Life, Big Kiss); John A. Curtis (Ripper, My 5 Wives, Cyberjack); Keith Evans (My Summer of Love, Saving Grace, I Capture the Castle, Bloody Sunday) and Rod Akizuki (The Tell Tale Heart, Within).

Producers: Lloyd Simandl (Time Runner, Xtro II: The Second Encounter, Girl Camp 2004: Lesbian Fleshpots) and Evan Tylor (Murder at the Presidio, Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber, Ripper, Stag; Leo Award nominee for The Barber).

Original Music by Peter Allen, (Ripper, Cyborg 2, The Operative; nominated for seven major Canadian awards for scoring such films as The Score, 11:11, A Twist of Faith, The Barber, Casanova at Fifty and Flower & Garnet--for which he won).

Cinematographer John Drake (Christina's House, My Bollywood Bride; nominated for the DVD Premiere Award for Best Cinematography in Hellraiser: Hellseeker; nominated for a Canadian Leo award for 11:11).

Film Editing by David Campling (The Break, Stranger in My House, The Stud, The Sandy Bottom Orchestra).

Production Design by Sandrine Brunet (Within) and Olga Rosenfelderova (Bolero, Crackerjack 3, Pterodactyl and Lethal Target).

Internet Movie Database entry for Ripper 2: Letter From Within

A Ripper 2 trailer in 3 formats

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