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Doctor Jekyll & Sister Hyde [DVD]
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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).
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
The best Jekyll and Hyde film of them all. Ralph Bates... the man was born to star in Hammer films. Just the right amount of "camp" just the right amount of menace!
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I LIKED THIS FILM AND IT IS A VERY GOOD COPY. AND THE PRICE WAS EXCELLENT.BUY IT!Published 3 months ago by Donboy
Got this classic dvd for my mom. Price and packaging were great.Published 7 months ago by Lee Moody
Excellent addition to my collection. Delivery & service 1st class, i'm very pleased.Published 9 months ago by Christopher
I always, or nearly always liked Hammer films That is why I have over fifty of them. This one follows the same well versed pattern. Come to DaddyPublished on 19 Mar. 2014 by Peter Brookman
Only HAMMER STUDIOS is able to make a quality horror film. Sumptuous sets, great acting, excellent plot with a twist on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel from 1886. Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2014 by Grosse Pointe Vampire