Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)

4 / 5
Tagline: The sexual transformation of a man into a woman will actually take place before your very eyes!
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Written by: Brian Clemens, Robert Louis Stevenson
Actors include: Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Gerald Sim
Genre: Horror
Length: 97 minutes
Banned: Finland
Country: UK

This is a very strange and fun take on the Jekyll/Hyde thing and Jack the Ripper really courtesy of Hammer. In this take Dr. Henry Jekyll is actually trying to make a formula for eternal youth, but it needs female hormones (which he has to obtain from young female corpses of course). Anyhow, he takes the formula only it starts transforming him into a Woman...his "sister" of course. Remarkably the two actors look extremely similar and they did a great job with that. There is also romantic conflict as Sister Hyde is in love with the man upstairs, and Dr. Jekyll loves the sister to the man upstairs. As bodies start to go missing and suspicion is cast upon Dr. Hyde, so he is forced to start being a lady more often. Only thing is he loses control over his ability to change and things get messy. It's got blood, interesting story, good acting and yes a man turning into a woman. It's a load of fun, and although it's strange it's immensely watchable and I would definitely recommend this one.

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