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Dr. Jekyll et Mr. Hyde

UK / France / Hungary / USA 1989
produced by
Harry Alan Towers, James Fiorentino, Edward Simons, Peter McRae (executive), Maria Rohm (associate), James Swann (associate) for Allied Vision, Hungarofilm
directed by Gérard Kikoine
starring Anthony Perkins, Glynis Barber, Sarah Maur Thorp, David Lodge, Ben Cole, Ray Jewers, Jill Melford, Lisa Davis, Noel Coleman, Briony McRoberts, Mark Elliot, Harry Landis, Jill Pearson, Basil Hoskins, Ruth Burnett, Carolyn Cortez, Cathy Murphy, Claudia Udy
screenplay by J.P.Félix, Ron Raley, Edward Simons, based on the novel The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, music by Frédéric Talgorn

Jekyll and Hyde

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Brilliant scientist and physician Doctor Jekyll (Anthony Perkins) develops a new anasthetic and promptly tries it on himself - and in no time at all, he turns into Norman Bates from Psycho, a killer who feels the urge to kill every woman he is sexually aroused by, which is all triggered by some mother complex or other. And as a woman-killing beast, Norman Bates, who is called Hyde in this story, walks the streets of notorious Whitechapel, killing many a girl forced to sell her body to make ends meet. But one prostitute fascinates him, the totally perverted Susannah (Sarah Maur Thorp), whom he makes his accomplice by giving her a smoke from his Mr.Hyde drug. Pimp Johnny (Ben Cole) soon becomes another accomplice.

With her husband usually gone all night long, Mrs Jekyll (Glynis Barber), who does charity work in the Whitechapel district, starts to wonder what he might be up to all of the time, and eventually she manages to track him down to his favourite brothel - where she's brutally abused by Hyde and his cronies. She only just makes it out of their clutches alive. Later, at home, she hears someone shooting himself in Jekyll's lab, and when entering the room, she sees Jekyll's sorpse lieing on the floor ... but apparently, Jekyll has only shot his Jekyll-self, his Hyde-persona is still alive and slits her throat ...

 

A blend of Jekyll and Hyde and Psycho with a psychoanalytic background but done via the road of sexploitation by a former porn director (Kikoine) and a legendary trash producer (Towers) - for filmfans like myself I have to admit, this sounds like pure gold. Unfortunately though, you just can't make gold, and so instead of an entertaining piece of trash, we get nothing but a pointless sexploitation pic done in period costumes that are more reminiscent of 1980's Madonna videos than the film's actual 19th century settings. And director Kikoine, it seems, is much more interested in finding excuses to show some tits than actually examining his story to the fullest, leaving the always dependable Anthony Perkins to do his typical Norman Bates impression that seems to be a little out of place in a Jekyll and Hyde-film ... at least in this Jekyll and Hyde-film that is.

Even if my verdict might make this film sound vaguely interesting again, it's not worth your time and money, believe me.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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