In 18th-century England, the Royal Crown sends Royal Navy Captain Collier and his crew to investigate reports of illegal smuggling and bootlegging in a coastal town where locals believe in Marsh Phantoms.
Peter Graham Scott
Dr. Henry Jekyll is a dull, bookish scientist who spends more time with his lab animals testing theories of alternate personalities than with his beautiful, young wife. Kitty Jekyll has given up trying to find any passion in her distant, preoccupied husband and is involved in an affair with one of Jekyll's old 'friends,' Paul Allen, a weak slacker and wastrel who relies on Jekyll to pay his numerous gambling debts. After experimenting on himself, the bearded, tweedy Jekyll transforms himself into the young, dynamic, and self-confidant Edward Hyde. In his new character he befriends Allen, who has no idea that this clean-cut, handsome playboy prone to outbursts of violence is really Jekyll. As Hyde, he encourages Allen to introduce him to the dark underbelly of London's night life including opium dens and sex clubs, where he begins an affair with the sensual courtesan Maria, an exotic dancer and snake charmer. When he tries to seduce Allen's mistress, in reality his own wife, he is ...Written by
At the time when the film was ready for release, the B.B.F.C weren't very impressed with a few scenes involving sex and violence. They ordered the snake dancing scene to be trimmed, along with glimpses of nudity and one of the murder scenes. See more »
Robert Louis Stevenson goes unmentioned in the credits. Because the novel is in the public domain, Hammer apparently felt no obligation to bill him. See more »
The US version suffered heavy edits and removed most of the crude dialogue including "bitch", "fourpenny whore", "damn", "trollop" and "go to hell" which were replaced by "witch", "darn" and "go to hades". The print also reduced the snake dance and most of the bedroom scene, and the same print was later released on the US Columbia VHS. The Sony DVD, released in the Hammer Icons Of Horror collection, features the restored UK cinema version. See more »
I really like Paul Massie in the lead role and I feel he does manage to give a compelling performance here. However the film itself proves unfortunately melodramatic (too many long scenes of Jekyll having outbursts of guilty emotions over the actions of Hyde is the biggest shortcoming). The changes to the story were novel but at the same time managed to turn Jekyll into a simpering wimp compared to a much stronger Hyde. I also fails to make us feel sympathy for any of Hyde's victims..still for some reason I find myself sometimes going back to this one.
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