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

Cast

Ralph Bates
as Dr. Jekyll
Martine Beswick
as Sister Hyde
Gerald Sim
as Prof. Robertson
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
Geoffrey Kenion
as 1st Policeman
Julia Wright
as Street Singer
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Clever Hammer entry.

February 7, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

A sexy, twisted Hammer horror delight.

August 30, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

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