Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1920)

4.5 / 5
Tagline: The World's Greatest Actor In A Tremendous Story Of Man At His Best And Worst!
Directed by: John S. Robertson
Written by: Robert Louis Stevenson, Clara Beranger
Actors include: John Barrymore, Charles Lane, Brandon Hurst
Genre: Horror
Length: 80 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

This is about the good vs. evil duality of man of course. We meet Dr. Henry Jekyll who has a lovely fiancee and as his friend put it "he's the nicest man I know even if his views are entirely different than mine" or something similar. He discusses with his fiancee's father about the good and evil stuff and then he gets inspired. He creates a potion that allows his evil side out (and is his evil side ugly). At first he's just brutish and hideous, but then he starts to take control and Jekyll has no choice but to have his nice side pushed in the background. Soon Hyde works up to a murder and then everything goes nutty! What I don't understand is why people seem to somewhat accept Hyde (ladies especially). There are a few other "how the hecks" but for the most part it's wrapped up in a tidy little package. The make-up and acting in this are pretty darned awesome and it's a great tale. Any fan of silent horror should definitely give this a view.

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