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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912)

 -  Short | Horror  -  16 January 1912 (USA)
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Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

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Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

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One of the few film adaptations of the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson that features a "dwarfish" Mr. Hyde, as in Stevenson's novel. See more »

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In a scene, a man is supposed to be dead, but yet he can clearly be seen breathing. See more »

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Version of The Man with Two Heads (1972) See more »

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The earliest version of the famous tale
16 April 2012 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This adaption of the Robert Louis Stevenson Gothic horror novel is the oldest one in existence. Not only that but along with Frankenstein (1910) it's also one of the very first horror movies proper. It was produced by a film studio called Thanhouser who ran operations out of New York. Because of its age it is a much abbreviated version of the tale. Films from the time were rarely much longer than this. This means that it's fairly limited when compared to future versions. However, you really have to take into account its historical context and accept the flaws that are inevitable in such an ancient production. It was after all one of the first to develop a story based around a horror tale so on this basis alone it deserves some attention.

As others have pointed out, this production features different actors in the roles of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This is, of course, highly unusual. But the basic idea seems to be the same, where we have the good doctor gradually taken over by his dark side. The potion he develops being the root of this, so it's very much a warning about the dark side of drug use and the way it can transform some people into violent monsters. All in all it's a pretty decent early horror movie, if nothing too remarkable.


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