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Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | April 1972 (USA)
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A Victorian scientist tests a serum that transforms him into a sensuous murderess.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker

Writers:

Robert Louis Stevenson (based upon the story by), Brian Clemens (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Bates ... Dr. Henry Jekyll
Martine Beswick ... Sister Hyde
Gerald Sim ... Professor Robertson
Lewis Fiander ... Howard Spencer
Dorothy Alison ... Mrs. Spencer
Neil Wilson ... Older Policeman
Ivor Dean ... William Burke
Paul Whitsun-Jones Paul Whitsun-Jones ... Sergeant Danvers
Philip Madoc ... Byker
Tony Calvin Tony Calvin ... William Hare
Susan Brodrick Susan Brodrick ... Susan Spencer
Dan Meaden Dan Meaden ... Town Crier
Virginia Wetherell Virginia Wetherell ... Betsy
Geoffrey Kenion Geoffrey Kenion ... First Policeman
Irene Bradshaw ... Yvonne
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Storyline

In Victorian London, Dr. Henry Jekyll attempts to create an elixir of life using female hormones stolen from fresh corpses. He reasons that these hormones will wipe out all common diseases and extend his life since women live much longer than men. However, once Dr. Jekyll drinks the serum himself, he transforms into a gorgeous but evil woman. He soon needs female hormones for his serum to maintain, so a number of London women meet bloody deaths. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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PARENTS: Be sure your children are sufficiently mature to witness the intimate details of this frank and revealing film. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde See more »

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Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During a 1998 interview, Martine Beswick was asked if she thought during the filming of this movie if Hammer films, which were at their peak at that time, would continue to be a big success. She said she didn't think so and blamed it on nudity. "My feeling about the whole thing was that they were coming into the 1970s and nudity. When I did the Bond films, when I did Hammer films, nudity was just coming in. This is my own theory, but I have a sense that they were trying to keep up with the rest of the world, which was baring breasts and everything else, as far as they could go. All of a sudden there was Hammer being pushed through the same thing. I think it undermined who they really were, I really do. I've always been of that opinion. Because there was a certain sort of style and campiness and elegance which was totally diminished when they started doing that. Because then of course it became more and more and more. In fact I fought with them about that, because they kept saying, 'We've got to have full frontal nudity,' and I said, 'No, you do not. That's not going to be good for the film.'" She was asked if the regular directors and producers were a bit iffy about going in that direction. "I don't think they were really iffy about it, they just figured that they had to go in that direction, and they were going towards there, and I think it was a mistake. I really do, I think it was a major mistake. I think they should have kept it going; yes, they could have taken off a little bit, but they started getting really blatant. Because everybody else was blatant. And I think they took the wrong path, and I think that was the breaking point." See more »

Goofs

The film is set in the 1880s due to the references to the Jack the Ripper murders, but features Burke and Hare who were around 60 years earlier and in Edinburgh, whilst the Ripper murders were in London. See more »

Quotes

Sister Hyde: There'll be a different kind of victim tonight, not a streetwalker but a pure young virgin. That will end the tug-of-war between us.
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Version of Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

He'll Be There
Music & Lyrics by Brian Clemens
Performed by Julia Wright (dubbed by Jackie Lee)
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Superb variation on the classic tale!
13 September 2004 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

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't exactly true. A man does change into a woman in this film; but the change doesn't take place 'before your very eyes'. 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 'beat' 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!

As you might expect, this isn'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 'control' 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 "From Russia With Love" 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'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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