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Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde, (Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde) Reviews

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January 28, 2016
Marking yet another Blaxploitation title off the list, this one being a good amount of fun and paying off that catchy trailer that I'd been familiar with for a couple years now.

Worth a rental.
June 18, 2015
Genuinely a classic by being a nicely-put blaxploitation flick, but it also acted badly that seems it was intentional like it was getting more pitiful from the beginning to the end while attempted to be at least comedic on the plain bad nature and weird taste in unfitting music. (C-)
½ November 15, 2012
Blacksploitation classic tells the story of Dr. Henry Pryde (Bernie Casey) who is working tirelessly to find a cure for liver disease. He develops a serum that shows potential but, he can't perfect it without human experimentation. After a failed test on a dying woman, Henry decides to test the serum on himself. The result transforms the valiant doctor into a super strong, violent tempered... white man. Directed by Blacula's William Crain, this 70s horror treats it's story with respect despite how silly it is and Crain, as with Blacula, gets good performances out of his cast that also includes Rosalind Cash (The Omega Man) and Marie O'Henry as Pryde's love interest, a local hooker named Linda. Sadly, Larry LeBron's script from an idea by Lawrence Woolner doesn't nearly make as much use of the classic story it's based on as did Blacula, nor is Crain able to give this film the gothic flavor and style he did with that film. It's pretty much a generic monster movie with Mr. Hyde stalking and killing Linda's fellow hookers and their pimps and the police trying to find and stop the killer. The obvious blaxploitation elements are present but, seem a bit forced here as opposed to Blacula where they were just part of the characters and their life at that point in time. Still the film does have that 70s nostalgia and is worth a look for those interested in the blaxploitation era of filmmaking. Also noteworthy as, the Mr. Hyde make-up effects on Bernie Casey are by the legendary Stan Winston.
October 31, 2012
This variation on the Robert Louis Stevenson story had a sympathetic lead that was trying to find a cure for a liver disease and volunteers to work in a Free Clinic.
September 11, 2011
The few people who have seen this on Flixster seem a bit disappointed that it's not more camp then it is. Although a little more somber for a blaxploitation/horror of this ink it's still has a funny jive to it & is good enough for me to rank it about 4th in the genre. It has something that Blacula & Sugar Hill don't have & that's a rich R rating. Should actually be called Dr Black & Mr White because when Bernie Casey takes his formula it turns him into an albino fiend. Don't know if that is a comment from the black film makers here but it still is fun even if it isn't funky
July 4, 2011
Very low budget, and not really especially good, this movie is made surprisingly entertaining by an excellent cast, especially the always awesome Bernie Casey. For whatever reason, the mix of horror and Blaxploitation never really worked. Like Blacula and others, this is worth watching, but not a particularly good film.
March 12, 2011
Director William Crain made a memorable stamp into the blaxploitation genre with his horror hybrid and humorously titled "Blacula" which was unleashed into theaters in 1972. For reasons unknown he passed on directing the sequel "Scream, Blacula, Scream" but must have felt he hadn't insulted enough classic movie monsters so four years later he returned to blaxploitate another classic movie monster with "Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde." This resulted in one of the most humorous trailers I have ever witnessed which I highly recommend everyone to see it by clicking here. Does the film live up to its trailer? Well let's consume some alcohol to prepare for this bad boy and see.

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.
½ March 9, 2011
An extremely entertaining Blaxploitation Horror film akin to Blacula but as far ramoved from Blackenstein as you could get. Bernie Casey is amazing as The Beast Within and you better watch out for his Kung Fu! Solid performances, great Black Belt Jones screams make this a must have for any fan of the genre. VF.
October 2, 2010
Actually quite good. Packed full of interesting social commentary, and made watchable with good performances all round. Even the make-up effects aren't awful.
½ December 7, 2009
We watched this on YouTube and found ourselves to be compelled by this 'so bad it's good' 70s flick. Some of the acting in this film is near awful, LOL. (You will recognize the main character.) However, the storyline makes up for it. In addition, it has a funky soundtrack and some moments that are funny if you pay attention to all the little nuances and subtleties.
May 8, 2009
I guess I'm a fan of blaxploitation movies!
½ January 11, 2009
A very misleading trailer leads to an unfunny serious movie. All the while I kept thinking about Dolemite for some reason and how much better it would have been if this story was tossed his way.
½ March 9, 2008
Just so people realize, this film's title is misspelled. Dr. Black & Mr. Hyde has a great trailer, but the movie itself could've been better. VERY strange to see Stan Winston, Johnny Pate, and Tak Fujimoto all worked on this movie, however. Crazy as hell. Fun for blaxploitation B-movie weirdness, and definitely better than Blackenstein. But it's no Blacula.
March 2, 2008
Dr Black Mr Hyde (William Crain 1976)

'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!
January 13, 2008
Staring Bernie Casey, Dr. Back and Mr. Hyde is a classic it's so bad it's good movie.
September 23, 2007
Why does such a funny approach try to pretend to be serious? Just imagine the scene where Hyde clenches the poor guy's balls and throws him to the other side! A bright idae for a spoof spoiled in a hallucination of seriousness!
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