Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde, (Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde) Reviews
Worth a rental.
Dr. Henry Pride is a successful doctor experiment with an serum that is supposed to heal damaged liver cells. You see he used to live with his mother in a bordello and she died of liver problems caused by drinking heavily. While volunteering his free time at the clinic in a dilapidated portion of L.A., Henry Pride decides to test the serum on himself which transforms him into a hulking white skinned monster that ravages L.A. killing hookers and pimps with his karate chops. Will a hooker that has love for him be able to stop his rampage?
Unlike the trailer suggests (with such aw-inspiring lines as "Don't give him no sass or he'll kick your ass") this film is actually played rather seriously adding to the unintentional hilarity. It's hard to believe star Bernie Casey didn't burst out into laughter with such a silly concept. Perhaps the silliest aspect is actually the raciest approach to how he turns "white" when he becomes a monster (in an interesting bit of trivia the beast was created by future make up master Stan Winston). Subtle, Crain... real subtle.
The film has the typical drive in look of the time... as in really cheap. Don't look for dynamic camera angles from director Crain or marvelous cinematography as none of that is present. Then again we are watching a blaxploitation film about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde so you can't expect much from a good filmmaking standpoint.
Yes there was unintentional hilarity but sadly, yet expectably, "Dr. Black Mr. Hyde" didn't live up to the amazing entertainment value the trailer promised. It's not even as good as Crain's "Blacula" but fans of these silly horror hybrid blaxploitation films will definitely want to hunt this down.
'A screamin' demon rages inside, turnin' him into Mr Hyde... don't give him no sass or he'll kick yo' ass!'
The great Bernie Casey stars as Dr Pride who is trying to find a cure of sclerosis of the liver. Unfortunately he makes the age old mistake of trying a serum on himself...
As one of the cops puts it "He's a haint - a cross between the abominable snowman and Willy the werewolf!". Its played pretty straight and is certainly on a level with the Blacula films. The fx are by a young Stan Winston and pretty good for the time. Its unfortunate that Hyde looks like a black albino as the other guys don't seem to notice and just think of him as a white guy. There's lots of subtext about drugs and prostitution but eventually its a tribute to the good old monster movie with an ending appropriate for the genre. Worth it just for Casey alone. A good one!