Edge of Sanity (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Edge of Sanity (1989)

Edge of Sanity (1989)

Edge of Sanity





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This demented fusion of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with the legend of Jack the Ripper marks one of the final roles for Anthony Perkins, and certainly one of the weirdest performances of his career. Perkins plays Dr. Jekyll as more of a dedicated 19th-century man of medicine than an obsessed eccentric -- whose research into a safe form of anaesthetic leads to the accidental discovery of cocaine! Jekyll's inadvertent freebasing of the vapors from a cocaine/ether mixture triggers his transformation into Hyde - a murderer of prostitutes who dubs himself "Jack," thus allowing the convenient transition into the "Jack the Ripper" phase of the plot. This Hungarian production has fairly high production values, but Perkins' over-the-top antics and some glaring anachronisms (Jack's streetwalker victims sport accessories that look like Madonna's hand-me-downs) make it impossible to take seriously as a horror film.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: J.P. Felix, Ron Raley
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On DVD: Aug 27, 2002

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Anthony Perkins
as Dr. Henry Jekyll
Glynis Barber
as Elisabeth Jekyll
David Lodge
as Underwood
Ben Cole
as Johnny, the Pimp
Ray Jewers
as Newcomen
Noel Coleman
as Egglestone
Briony McRoberts
as Ann Underwood
Harry Landis
as Coroner
Jill Pearson
as Mrs. Egglestone
Basil Hoskins
as Mr. Bottingham
Cathy Murphy
as Cockney Prostitute
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Critic Reviews for Edge of Sanity

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Gorgeous production design. Not so gorgeous any other way

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Perkins sleepwalks through a grimy and unpleasant affair.

July 25, 2002

October 11, 2005

Audience Reviews for Edge of Sanity

I love Perkins, but this movie was really average. It could have been so much better.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Anthony Perkins is no doubt quite a sinister person in films, but I?m not sure this film gave us anything unexpected other than, a few sexually explicit (considering this is a 1988) scenes and they all felt a little too seedy. There was no big thing made out of discovering the potion and the transformation that took place . On another note, I feel if you are going to introduce a theory to a film that Mr Hyde could also be Jack the Ripper, then I feel much more should have been shown in the murders to indicate this.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

I expected great things from this movie. After all, it has two of my favourite things in it: Jack the Ripper and Anthony Perkins. But no, this movie is utter nonsense. Alas.

vieras esine

Super Reviewer

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