Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)

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In a clever, gender-bending twist on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale, the research done by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Ralph Bates) in the field of artificially-induced human longevity involves experimentation with female hormones. When he partakes of his own formula and the inevitable Jekyll-into-Hyde transformation takes place, he changes into a ravishing female version of himself (famed "B"-movie siren Martine Beswick). Claiming to be Jekyll's sister, Ms. Hyde is lovely but lethal: she uses her alluring charms to seduce men then kills them and absconds with their bodies for use in further experiments. A much more interesting twist comes when Jekyll finds himself falling in love with the girl next door (Susan Brodrick), while simultaneously lusting after the girl's brother (Lewis Fiander) as Hyde. Although Brian Clemens' script manages to exploit this unique premise for shock value, the story fumbles where it counts, failing to fully explore the implicit questions of sexual identity which haunt Jekyll's psyche and burst to the surface when Hyde is on the prowl. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
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PG
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Art House & International , Classics , Horror
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Cast

Ralph Bates
as Dr. Jekyll
Martine Beswick
as Sister Hyde
Gerald Sim
as Prof. Robertson
Lewis Fiander
as Howard
Dorothy Alison
as Mrs. Spencer
Neil Wilson
as Older Policeman
Ivor Dean
as Burke
Paul Whitsun-Jones
as Sgt. Danvers
Dan Meaden
as Town Crier
Will Stampe
as Mine Host
Roy Evans
as Knife Grinder
Derek Steen
as 1st Sailor
John Lyons
as 2nd Sailor
Bobby Parr
as Young Apprentice
Anna Brett
as Julie
Geoffrey Kenion
as 1st Policeman
Jackie Poole
as Margie
Julia Wright
as Street Singer
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Critic Reviews for Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde

All Critics (3)

Clever Hammer entry.

February 7, 2003
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

A sexy, twisted Hammer horror delight.

August 30, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde

½

Hammer sets aside its usual Gothic schtick and gives us a gender bending horror film that is nothing if not original.

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs
½

Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde was Hammer's second adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde--the first was eleven years earlier with The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960). In this later film, Hammer decided to go a different route with the story by having the good doctor researching how female hormones could lead to the eradication of viruses and the prolongation of life. Apparently, women's smooth skin has something to do with his inspiration--yes, it's the dumbest premise since Roger Corman's The Wasp Woman (also 1960) in which royal jelly can restore youth. In this film, of course, Jekyll's experiments lead to him turning himself into a woman. Jekyll's need for female corpses to use in his experiments leads him to first enlist the aid of thugs who kill women and bring them to him. Later, he begins to harvest the corpses on his own in a manner that recalls Jack the Ripper. Inevitably, identities splinter, become confused, and begin to fight against one another. Being a cheesy Hammer film, Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde never does anything interesting with this genderbending unless you consider Sister Hyde repeatedly opening her robe to investigate her breasts something profound. But is is a fun piece of gothic, b-movie horror that continues the great tradition of Hammer studios.

Al Miller
Al Miller
½

Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde was Hammer's second adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde--the first was eleven years earlier with The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960). In this later film, Hammer decided to go a different route with the story by having the good doctor researching how female hormones could lead to the eradication of viruses and the prolongation of life. Apparently, women's smooth skin has something to do with his inspiration--yes, it's the dumbest premise since Roger Corman's The Wasp Woman (also 1960) in which royal jelly can restore youth. In this film, of course, Jekyll's experiments lead to him turning himself into a woman. Jekyll's need for female corpses to use in his experiments leads him to first enlist the aid of thugs who kill women and bring them to him. Later, he begins to harvest the corpses on his own in a manner that recalls Jack the Ripper. Inevitably, identities splinter, become confused, and begin to fight against one another. Being a cheesy Hammer film, Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde never does anything interesting with this genderbending unless you consider Sister Hyde repeatedly opening her robe to investigate her breasts something profound. But is is a fun piece of gothic, b-movie horror that continues the great tradition of Hammer studios.

Al Miller
Al Miller

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