Edge of Sanity
Dr. Jekyll et Mr. Hyde
UK / France / Hungary / USA 1989
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
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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
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.