Edge of Sanity Reviews
It's a somewhat "typical" late 80's horror flick with a requisite amount of garish, bloody violence and an almost ridiculous amount of (again... 80's prerequsite) tits and ass.
The story is interesting enough... taking the classic tale of Jekyll and Hyde and melding it with the true life events of the "Jack the Ripper" murders. The premise being that the murders were committed by our respectable "Doctor by day" Jekyll, in his nightly tirades as Hyde.
Anthony Perkins makes the whole thing actually quite watchable. He succeeds with both roles quite well and looks like he had more fun than he'd had in years playing the evil, sexually and violently disturbed Hyde.
I've always felt that Perkins is a far better actor than a lot of people give him credit for and he's far, far better than this film deserves.
EDGE OF SANITY suffers in a lot of areas but for my part... It's biggest failings are in the painfully obvious visual dichotomy set up by the costume and set designers.
Dr. Jeckyl parades about by day in a fairly authentic Victorian period England. The costumes and settings are convincing. Ladies in gowns... Gentlemen in fitted suits and hats and walking sticks of the era. The interiors are all actually quite well appointed in dark, rich woods and time-appropriate decor and the exteriors are all horse and buggy on cobblestoned streets.
And then night falls....
Suddenly, everybody's decked out in neon and spandex with strange, modern hairstyles (for the 80's anyway)... One prostitute can actually be seen wearing a Madonna-style "BOY" belt-buckle.
"Victorian era" by day.... "Flock of Seagulls" video by night.... Certainly the costume and set department are not the only ones to blame... Director Gerard Kikoine must be held accountable as well.
EDGE OF SANITY loses points for these inconsistensies in particular. The film is filled with too many anachronisms to be ignored and it's quite jarring because of it.
Maybe Kikoine was trying for a particular "vision" and purposely combined these two "eras".... but for me....blending the two styles fails rather spectacularily and detracts from the overall.
The cinematography is notable... (believe it or not!) EDGE OF SANITY might surprise you with it's interesting framing and nicely composed shots.....
Director of Photography, Tony Spratling has flashes of brilliance in the film that lends it just enough of a "polished" and "finished" look to almost raise it above the standard of your common, late 80's slasher movie, but ultimately, (and unfortunately).... that's really all EDGE OF SANITY ends up being.
So close to being... better....
(But not a total waste of time either...)