Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I, Monster (1971)

4 / 5
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Stephen Weeks
Written by: Robert Louis Stevenson
Actors include: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Mike Raven
Genre: Horror
Length: 75 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: UK

Although I haven't read the actual Jr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde book, from what I've heard this is one of the closest adaptations there is. The big difference is that for some reason they changed the title to "I Monster", and the Jekyll/Hyde character into Marlowe/Blake. Anyhow, Lee does a fantastic job as the scientist who wonders what it would be like to bring out the hidden compartments of one's personality. He creates a serum that he tries out on his patients and learns that it is actually possible, and moreover that it has different effects on different people. Soon he learns it's difficult to find someone willing to take the injections more than once, so he starts to experiment on himself of course. This was rather cheaply made, yet incredibly effective and interesting. The acting is wonderful, and the story made clear sense and it even seemed to have a lot of reason and logic behind it surprisingly. Definitely one of the best adaptations of that story I've seen, chalk it up to another winner from the Amicus company!

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