Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde

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"PARENTS: Be sure your children are sufficiently mature to witness the intimate details of this frank and revealing film."
  • PG
  • 1971
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 6.6  (3,645)

Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde is a 1971 British horror movie directed by Roy Ward Baker. The film is a unique take on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and revolves around the character of Dr. Jekyll who experiments with gender transformation. The movie follows the story of Dr. Henry Jekyll (Ralph Bates), a London-based physician who is obsessed with discovering the secret of immortality. In his laboratory, Jekyll begins experimenting with female hormones, hoping to unlock the secrets of eternal youth.

As Jekyll's experiments progress, he discovers that the female hormone dosage he needs is only available through a live female donor. Desperate to continue his research, Jekyll begins to use murder to procure the hormones, but things take a sinister turn when he transforms into a woman herself.

Jekyll's alter ego takes on the name of Sister Hyde (Martine Beswick), and she quickly becomes even more ruthless and dangerous than Jekyll himself. As Sister Hyde, Jekyll falls in love with a man named Howard (Gerald Sim) while struggling to maintain her sanity and control over her transformations.

As Jekyll's experiments continue to spiral out of control, the line between his two identities begins to blur, and he realizes that Sister Hyde may be the only entity that can save him from his own madness.

The film blends elements of horror and science-fiction with overt sexuality and social commentary, making it a unique specimen in the horror genre. With its unique twist on the classic story, Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde engages audiences with its smart storytelling and compelling performances.

Ralph Bates delivers an outstanding performance as the tortured Dr. Jekyll, who quickly becomes overwhelmed by his own experiments. Bates plays Jekyll with an admirable depth and complexity, showcasing the character's descent into madness with frightening realism.

Martine Beswick is equally impressive as Sister Hyde, imbuing the character with an eerie and unnerving demeanor that perfectly complements Jekyll's descent into madness. Beswick's portrayal of the character is both captivating and terrifying, adding an extra layer of horror to an already unsettling story.

Gerald Sim delivers a charming performance as Howard, the man who falls in love with Jekyll/Sister Hyde. Sim's character provides a sense of humanity and grounding to the story, contrasting with Jekyll/Sister Hyde's more otherworldly nature.

The movie's visual presentation is striking, with vivid colors and stylish camera work that perfectly captures the ominous and eerie mood of the story. The set design and costumes are also worth noting, with the claustrophobic and gothic interiors of Jekyll's laboratory serving as a perfect metaphor for the character's ruminations on love, life, and death.

In conclusion, Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde is a unique contribution to the horror genre that blends science-fiction, horror, and gender transformation themes in a way that is both thought-provoking and terrifying. The film features an outstanding cast of actors who elevate the story to thrilling heights, making it a must-watch for fans of the horror genre.

Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde is a 1971 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 37 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6.

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    6.6  (3,645)