Originally airing on November 22, 1985 on NBC, this made for TV movie was written by William F. Nolan, who wrote the novel Logan’s Run, as well as the scripts for The Norliss Tapes, Burnt Offerings and Trilogy of Terror. It was directed by E. W. Swackhamer, whose credits include episodic television across all genres.
Also known as Bridge Across Time and Arizona Ripper, this movie begins with Jack the Ripper drowning in the Thames river. A century or so later and London Bridge has been rebuilt across the world in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
From the moment the final stone is set into the bridge, strange murders start happening. No one knows how they’re happening, but one man has a theory. And that man is policeman Don Gregory. played by David Hasselhoff. He thinks that Jack the Ripper is back.
This movie is packed with some of your favorite TV and genre stars. Stephanie Kramer from TV’s Hunter plays the love interest. Randolph Mantooth, Clu Gulager and Adrienne Barbeau all show up, as does Rose Marie from The Dick Van Dyke Show.
If you can believe that Hasselhoff can be a cop, you can swallow that blood on the rocks of London Bridge can bring back Jack the Ripper. It’s an 80’s TV movie, so it’s not the fastest moving thing you’ve seen. But it’s a nice reason to shut your mind off and enjoy seeing Clu and the Hoff go one on one. And hey — Adrienne Barbeau!
You can watch it on Amazon Prime.