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on 30 September 2007
This is basically another film version of Robert Louis Stevenson's story `The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' but with the main characters' names changed for no apparent reason!

Unfortunately, despite the presence of movie legends Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, this has to rank as one of the dullest film versions of this classic tale mainly because it is just too talky and often gets bogged down with too much reference to Freud!

This film must be classed as a huge disappointment to fans of films made by Amicus Studios, who were a serious rival to Hammer Studios during this period. For a much superior film version of Jekyll and Hyde horror fans would be better off checking out Rouben Mamoulian's 1931 film version. Hammer themselves made a far more interesting version of this famous story with their 1971 film `Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde' - after already having filmed a version back in 1960 called `The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll', a.k.a. `House of Fright', also featuring Christopher Lee.

On the plus side this is a very nice transfer in 1.78:1 wide screen ratio and there is an atmospheric music score by renowned composer and conductor Carl Davis. On the minus side there are no extras at all, except for scene selection, so this is really only an essential purchase for Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee/Amicus completists.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 22 October 2013
I, Monster is directed by Stephen Weeks and written by Milton Subotsky. An interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, it stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Mike Raven, Richard Hurndall, George Merritt, Kenneth J. Warren, Susan Jameson and Marjie Lawrence. Music is by Carl Davis and cinematography by Moray Grant.

Kept By The Power Of God!

Stevenson's age old tale gets another make-over as Dr. Charles Marlowe (Lee) invents a drug that releases his patients' inhibitions. However, upon trying the drug himself, Marlowe finds that he turns into the monstrous Mr. Blake, who with each transformation becomes more cruel and debauched.

Dull and Hyde!

Amicus never quite made the mark on British Horror that they aspired to, a few films are enjoyable, certainly there's good value to be found with some of the segments in their portmanteau releases, but so many others just come off as weak attempts to create a niche in the market. Quite often there was good intentions on the writing table, such is the case with I, Monster, which has literary intentions that are honourable. The Eastman Color photography is lovely, the period design equally so, and the use of canted angles is a good move, but unfortunately the film is just too dull and beset with problems elsewhere.

First off is Cushing and Lee, two bona fide legends of British cinema and bastions of horror. Lee is miscast, never quite convincing in the Mr. Blake role, which isn't helped by the make up work which would look more at home in Carry On Screaming. With Cushing it's just a case of him being underused, which is unforgivable in a horror film aiming for literary smarts. Carl Davis' musical score is awful, at times I sounds like something that belongs in a silent movie farce.

Starting out as a 3-D venture, that idea was abandoned early in the production, it's hard to believe that the gimmick would have stopped this being the dreary film that it is. 4/10
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on 12 October 2014
very good
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on 27 March 2009
having owned both the studio canal region 2 dvd and the awful region 1 special edition it's nice to see that optimum have finally brought a decent region 2 dvd.
the print is fantastic with nice rich colours and a nice crisp mono soundtrack.
the film is presented in a 1.78:1 widescreen ratio.
no extras but that seems to be the norm with these old classic's.
if youre a fan of cushing & lee this is the dvd to get.
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on 17 March 2011
Good performance from a good actor,you always get value for money from Lee, even from a dodgy script, I do think this film is certainly worth a watch, A take on jekyl and hyde that i think Lee pulls off pretty well, The changes in his facial features that even by todays standards looks quite convincing , interesting film.
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on 15 May 2000
This is a quite good verson of the story of Jekyll & Hyde, but they use other names in the film, but it's based on that book.
The doctor comes up with a potion that makes him revert to his "animal side", and he roams about London, doing anything he pleases untill he kills somebody.
I regretted not taping the film when they showed it on TV here, so now I'm buing it instead.
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on 16 November 2004
For any one interested in Hammer terror films this is worth a look. Christopher Lee has stated that he never understood why they never used Stephenson's more traditional title. In fact this was due to copyright issues but it is clear that Marlow / Blake are Jekyll and Hyde. The film is slow at times but is faithful to the original story.
Peter Cushing plays very much second fiddle to Christopher Lee although as always he is able to leave a lasting impression. The attention to detail of old fashioned objects is very good. The film was originally to be shown in 3D but this was abandoned when production costs became prohibitive. This accounts for some of the camera angles and sweeps during the scenes of metamorphasis.
Many critics have blamed Milton Subotsky (Producer) for a banal screen play but this takes nothing away from the acting honours of the two central characters. Mike Raven ( also seen in Vampire Lovers) is wooden and given unspeakable lines.
The film is set in 1906 with Lee's character Marlow experimenting with a drug which produces one of three states of the human psyche, in his case the ID resulting in Blake! The film follows his fall from grace and sanity as he looses sense of morality.
If you like terror films ( not scary ) and like me have an affection for these two actors it may well be worth adding this to your collection.
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on 29 April 2012
Am I the only one who thought it was very dark? I'm not talking about the film's subject matter but rather the picture quality, could hardly see it!
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on 13 September 2012
i was pleased to finally see a better quality dvd of this minor horror classic "i monster" for sale.
the picture and sound quality are a vast improvement in comparison with the previous release, which was alarmingly poor!
inspite of the names being changed of that of the main characters, this is a fairly faithful adaptation of the jekyll and hyde story.
christopher lee is particularly good as the hyde character as his ever-changing behaviour grows from wickedness to pure evil and murder.
peter cushing is his usual outstanding self as utterson, the investigating lawyer whose concern for his friend dr. blake, leads him to make a startling and horrifying discovery.
the acting and the dialogue are very good but the direction is shoddy and lets the side down badly. the final confrontation between lee and cushing should have been brilliant but sadly, is only acceptable.
regardless, this is one of amicus's better films and i can recommend it.
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