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Doctor Jekyll And Sister Hyde 1971

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Hammer Studios' imaginative twist on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel. In Victorian London, Dr Jekyll (Ralph Bates) experiments to discover an elixir of life. After mixing up the hormones he has taken from dead bodies, Jekyll is transformed into a beautiful but murderous female (Martine Beswick).

Starring:
Gerald Sim, Dorothy Alison
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Gerald Sim, Dorothy Alison, Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Lewis Flander
Director Roy Ward Baker
Genres Horror, Thriller
Studio ELEVATION
Rental release 19 July 2004
Main languages English

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Greenland on 8 May 2011
Format: DVD
Adding elements of the stories of Jack the Ripper and Burke and Hare, Hammer produced a superb twist on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story.

Whilst experimenting with female hormones to produce an elixir of life, Dr. Jekyll (Ralph Bates) creates a female alter-ego Mrs. Hyde (Martine Beswick.) The irony is that although Hyde is murderous, Jekyll must continue to invoke her to take the lives of young prostitutes in order to carry on with the experiment. Jekyll and Hyde fight for supremacy leading to an inevitable tragic end.

Camp as it is in places, this is one of Hammer's finest films. These were undoubtedly Bates and Beswick's best roles for Hammer whilst some scenes are superbly done; Jekyll's initial change to Hyde is shocking and the tragic end leaves you feeling sympathy for both Jekyll and Hyde.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. De Gruijter on 18 May 2011
Format: DVD
I've always been a bit wary of this film, knowing that it is viewed as a pleasant oddity, but... well, the concept is so silly, as was the marketing of the time, it just couldn't work. Now could it?

It not only could, but it actually does. This film has some great moments that are very cleverly done. The first transformation of Jeckyll into Hyde is well done, as are Hyde's erotic conquests of Jeckyll's male acquaintances (and one particular unnerving moment when during her lovemaking Hyde regresses into Jeckyll!).

There is some comedy as well, but I was surprised at the raw violence in the film. It's never fun and games, the tragedy of the original tale is ever present.

The only qualm I have is that the film loses its focus near the end. Why Jeckyll murders prostitutes is easily explained, but what's in it for sister Hyde when she takes to the task? It appears Jeckyll and Hyde are conscious of one another's conflicting desires, but Jeckyll is also able to use Hyde to execute his design's under another cover. The conclusion, although tense, doesn't satisfy.

But all in all a real horror oddity that epicures in the terrible should not dismiss.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2013
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Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde is directed by Roy Ward Baker and written by Brian Clemens. It stars Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Gerald Sim, Lewis Fiander, Susan Brodrick and Dorothy Alison. Music is by David Whitaker and cinematography by Norman Warwick.

Dr. Henry Shekel (Bates) is working on an elixir that he hopes will be the answer to longevity of life. The answer he believes is to be found in female hormones taken from cadavers sent his way by Burke and Hare. Unfortunately, when the doctor resorts to trying the potion himself, he is transformed into a ravishing but dangerous woman. With London in the grip of Jack the Ripper's reign of terror, could it be that Jekyll and Sister Hyde are linked to the Jolly jack killings?

Burke by name, Berk by nature!

It's an awful title, it really is, I know for a fact people have avoided the film purely because they thought it sounded like some lame British horror parody piece. Which is a shame because it's a devilishly fun picture that breathes new life into a formula that has never been short of on screen treatments. Not only does Clemens' intelligent screenplay have the transformed "creature" be a smouldering sex bomb in the shapely form of Martine Beswick, he also reshapes horrible history by having Jack the Ripper and Burke and Hare tied into the plotting. Hell there's even a nifty aside to Sweeney Todd in there as well.

Murder, horrible grizzly murder!

Baker directs with some style, never letting the picture drift aimlessly, while he along with Norman Warwick and the set designers create a classic Gaslight Gothic look, the perfect backdrop to such devious doings and berserker gender bending.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By andrew tonkin on 9 Jun. 2013
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I'm an absolute huge fan of Hammer Horror and I've read about this movie in my novel: The Hammer Story. It featured all of the greatest Horror movies of yesteryear to this years. I've got a collection of Hammer movies too. This one I found about was the main character in this movie 'Ralph Bates' who has appeared in other Hammer films such as: The Horror Of Frankenstein who played Victor Frankenstein, he also appeared in 'Lust For a Vampire where he played a poet teacher at a school for girls. And he
appeared in another movie alongside Christopher Lee in 'Taste The Blood Of Dracula'. He played 'Lord Courtley.

I reakon that this will really be a story to be remembered as a victorian film with a lot of surprises just waiting to be told about.
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One of my favourite hammer films. I watched the film on the Horror Channel recently. Ralph Bates and Martine Bestwick i think are great in the roles of Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde. I read on the internet somewhere about the film be remade. But for me nothing will never beat this cult classic.
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