Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde

1971

Horror / Sci-Fi

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IMDb Rating 6.6

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Juha H?m?l?inen 8

The stiff upper lip and jaw of Ralph Bates finally come into their own in this nice variation of Jekyll and Hyde, which also mixes in good quantities of Jack the Ripper myth and the famous 17th century grave robbers Burke and Hare. Considerably less stiff is Martine Beswick as the doctor&#39;s female alter ego. She is absolutely too loose in her ways, but I am certainly not complaining! Both are just the right persons for their clashing roles and superbly so. The actual physical change between the two supreme parts in one person is shown in subtle manners and without great special effects, which not only was cheaper to do, but also leaves a lot for a viewer to imagine and so makes it in a way easier to accept. A wise decision from the makers.<br/><br/>The plot idea of unifying the two main story lines of such classic origins is nothing short of brilliant. The invention of elixir of human life using female hormones and how to get it by &quot;uncanny goings in late hours&quot; really does the trick. So does the fascinating and at the same time foul results of the experiment, the mixing of selves and struggle for dominance. Of course much more could have been built in and deepened in the script making the story more intriguing and disturbing. Some needed romantic and freshening humor aspect comes from the continuously snooping neighbors with their funnily pretentious &quot;it doesn&#39;t concern us&quot; attitude.<br/><br/>In all, this is once again a fun and stylish horror movie from Hammer studios. The bolder style of company&#39;s early seventies film is very much present with some slight gore and nudity added in the proceedings. So, now everyone hurry up and see it.

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Reviewed by Paul Bissette 7

I am looking back on this movie with rose-tinted spectacles. I saw it when it first came out at the movies and it was quite risqué at the time. Nowadays, the levels of nudity and prurience would probably be laughable but I do remember feeling a stirring in my loins at the scene where Dr Jekyll realises he is now a woman and the first thing he does is have a good gander. Probably exactly what I&#39;d have done at the time! Plot-wise it&#39;s pretty much the straight Jekyll/Hyde story and apart from the twist of changing sex very little is different.<br/><br/>Good performances from Ralph Bates and Martine Beswick who in my opinion didn&#39;t get the roles she deserved as she was very much Hammer&#39;s leading lady and not a mainstream actress. Very much in the mould of a dark haired version of Ingrid Pitt.<br/><br/>Oh well, I guess a DVD version of this will be available soon if not now and I will watch with relish. However, be warned, I recently bought a DVD of Vampire Lovers and was totally disappointed - obviously my memory of this other movie was tinged with nostalgia for a more innocent time.<br/><br/>At any rate, a movie to be enjoyed when placed into the context of it being made in the early 70&#39;s, Hammer were not making a lot of money and were trying to bring a little sex into their horror movies.

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Reviewed by The_Void 10

First of all, the tagline and the claim in the trailer that you will actually see a man transform into a woman before your very eyes isn&#39;t exactly true. A man does change into a woman in this film; but the change doesn&#39;t take place &#39;before your very eyes&#39;. That being said; this is still a great horror film. Hammer studios have done some great variations on classic tales, and this one stands up as one of their best. The story follows Dr Jekyll, a scientist that, when trying to find cures to every disease going realises that his efforts to prolong life will, ironically, be beaten by death. This then leads to him trying to &#39;beat&#39; death with the use of chemicals, but somewhere along the way, as his experiments are oestrogen based, he ends up turning himself into a woman. Oops!<br/><br/>As you might expect, this isn&#39;t an entirely serious horror film. However, there are more than enough moments of horror: the scenes where Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde battle for &#39;control&#39; of their body is a brilliant piece of psychological horror, and the parts where Sister Hyde goes out to kill women in order to get more oestrogen are gratuitously bloody and should delight any horror fan. The film is also very atmospheric; the scenes on the streets are filled with smoke and are very gloomy in the way that they are filmed, which makes for a delicious setting. The cast is also brilliant; Ralph Bates is sublime as Dr Jekyll; he creates just the right mood for his character and is very believable, particularly during the split personality scenes. Martine Beswick, whom you might remember as the Bond girl in &quot;From Russia With Love&quot; is both sexy and sadistic as the evil Sister Hyde. She is the stand out of the movie for me. And most other men. Also in the cast is the lovely Susan Broderick, and the competent Lewis Fiander as brother and sister duo; Howard and Susan, who make for an interesting sub-plot when they both fall for Dr Jekyll. If you haven&#39;t realized already; Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde is a great horror film, and therefore comes with the highest recommendation that I can muster.

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