ZERO STARS/**** Image C Sound A-
starring Patsy Kensit, Patrick Muldoon, Amy Locane
screenplay by Randall Frakes
directed by John Hough
by Walter Chaw An inept hybrid of Time After Time, Fatal Attraction, and Dead Again, John Hough's (Watcher in the Woods) cheapo slasher flick Hell's Gate (a.k.a. Bad Karma) suggests that Jack the Ripper had a girlfriend and that they've been reincarnated as mental patient Agnes (Patsy Kensit) and her shrink, Trey (Patrick Muldoon). The film opens in flashback as a younger version of Agnes (the character is named "Laurie Hatcher" but the actress playing her is uncredited in the closing credits) strips out of her parochial school outfit and wiggles into a pair of see-through panties, only to get kidnapped by a sicko who jolts her with a car battery until she "remembers" her past life as The Ripper's squeeze. (I say "younger" because the film says so--it seems unlikely, however, that any thirteen-year-old bombshells have lipo and implant scars.) Breaking out of the loony bin after biting off an orderly's prosthetic tongue, "old" Agnes floozes her way across the countryside on the trail of robotic Trey, his insipid wife Carly (Amy "I'm in a Coma, I Just Haven't Stopped Moving Yet" Locane), and his piping daughter Theresa (Aimee O'Sullivan).