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Edge of Sanity Reviews

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½ August 29, 2016
An very interesting take on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story with an very smart casting of Anthony Perkins the first half of the film does work well and does an good job at setting up some of the main characters unfortunately as the film goes it drops its character and story blinding to become a typical slasher and then it just kept slipping for me and film just became a typical you got a guy trying to hide he is murder from his wife and a cop is trying to figure out who the killer is
July 3, 2016
Decent take on the Jekyll and Hyde story, I like the ending and the vague attempt at trying to connect it with Jack the Ripper. Perkins plays it a little too over the top though. And what, was this some kind of social commentary on the crack epidemic of the time...?
½ February 7, 2015
Anthony Perkins fell a long way from Psycho and this movie seems like a student project gone bad. It was poorly constructed and not nearly as creepy as the writers meant for it to be. This was a complete flop and is why you never heard of it!
May 10, 2014
OK. Perkins played his role well.
December 15, 2013
Anthony Perkins invents crack cocaine and goes psycho once again--Perkins at his lunatic best!!
April 28, 2013
A failed attempt to merge the stories of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Jack the Ripper. An ambitious goal and an actor who probably could have pulled it off, but several parts simply came off as cartoonish. Almost as if they were trying to mix in some Clockwork Orange. Not Perkins' finest.
½ March 11, 2013
Anthony Perkins fell a long way from Psycho and this movie seems like a student project gone bad. It was poorly constructed and not nearly as creepy as the writers meant for it to be. This was a complete flop and is why you never heard of it!
October 20, 2012
Anthony Perkins is quite good in this "Jekyll and Hyde/Jack the Ripper" yarn, but he's the only good thing about it. It's a lurid, nasty, grim film, full of some pretty uncomfortable moments of bizarro sexual content and a warped cast of unlikable characters. If this had been just a pure rendition of Stevenson's original tale, we'd all have been much better off, because Perkins would have knocked that out of the park.
October 17, 2011
Anthony Perkins steals the movie with his excellent portrayal of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. But the rest of the movie lacked appeal.
Super Reviewer
April 2, 2011
I love Perkins, but this movie was really average. It could have been so much better.
September 25, 2010
Although it was interesting to see a movie where Mr. Hyde of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde is actually Jack the Ripper, this movie isn't as visually exciting as the story needs to be. Not enough blood and gore for me. Plus, Perkins was the only good actor in the movie. I did like the ending, though, but the rest of the movie needs more excitement.
½ May 11, 2010
Anthony Perkins fell a long way from Psycho and this movie seems like a student project gone bad. It was poorly constructed and not nearly as creepy as the writers meant for it to be. This was a complete flop and is why you never heard of it!
½ April 5, 2010
If Edge of Sanity teaches us anything it's to stay off the pipe. Anthony Perkins freebases cocaine & turns into Jack The Ripper Hyde visiting sex dens & killing prostitutes. Full of sleaze w/ sugar boobies, bi-sexual voyeurism, ass worship & masturbation w/ a cane you could say the Perkins is almost slumming it in this but when he turns into his split personality he's bravo. A pretty good trashy take on an old story
September 2, 2009
It was an okay movie. It had a good story & it's kinda creepy at some parts.
½ August 26, 2009
My goodness! Where to begin with this one... While certainly not a GREAT movie, essentially the producer said, Hey! Let's make a Dr Jekyll movie, but have him be Jack The Ripper, but have modern infliuences! Norman Bates is still in crazy priest mode from Body Double. He's playing Jekyll here, and when he becomes Hyde, the movie suddenly becomes the dream room in Twin Peaks. Full of wild images, this is the highlight of the movie. Unfortunately, that's the ONLY highlight of the movie, as the rest of the movie is a bit boring. But still, see this for that. It's a hoot.
½ August 24, 2009
It is certainly fascinating idea - Dr Jekyll turns to Jack the Ripper to haunt the Victorian London - and there is interesting subplot of Jekyll´s sympathetic wife to trying to find out what is wrong. Unfortunately there´s too much ridiculous nudity and sex, and prostitutes are dressed like it would be 1980´s and not 1880´s!. Ending is genuinely sad.
September 21, 2008
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August 19, 2008
anthony perkins was so crazy in this film, parts of norman bates were there !!
Super Reviewer
August 17, 2008
Anthony Perkins is no doubt quite a sinister person in films, but I?m not sure this film gave us anything unexpected other than, a few sexually explicit (considering this is a 1988) scenes and they all felt a little too seedy. There was no big thing made out of discovering the potion and the transformation that took place . On another note, I feel if you are going to introduce a theory to a film that Mr Hyde could also be Jack the Ripper, then I feel much more should have been shown in the murders to indicate this.
½ August 17, 2008
This one's a bit strange...

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...)
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