Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rowdy Herrington|
|Produced by||Cassian Elwes
|Written by||Rowdy Herrington|
|Music by||Danny Di Paola|
|Editing by||Harry B. Miller III|
|Distributed by||Palisades Entertainment (theatrical)
Paramount Pictures (home video)
|Release dates||May 6, 1988|
|Running time||97 minutes|
|Box office||$492,519 (USA)|
In Los Angeles, a young doctor is suspected 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.
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.
Cast and characters
- John/Rick Wesford - James Spader
- Chris Moscari - Cynthia Gibb
- Sgt. Gabriel - Jim Haynie
- Dr. Carlos Battera - Robert Picardo
- Dr. Sidney Tannerson - Rod Loomis
- Jack Pendler – Rex Ryon
- Scott Morofsky - Chris Mulkey
- Anchorman - Mario Machado
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 (expired 2/1/2013) on Netflix video streaming service in SD widescreen format.
- "The Ripper's Return," Caryn James, The New York Times," May 6, 1988
- Rotten Tomatoes page for Jack's Back
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