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I, Monster (1971)

PG  |   |  Horror  |  April 1973 (USA)
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Christopher Lee stars in the Amicus production of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" where the names have been changed to Dr. Marlowe and Mr. Blake. Lee as Dr. Marlowe experiments with intravenous ... See full summary »

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Christopher Lee stars in the Amicus production of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" where the names have been changed to Dr. Marlowe and Mr. Blake. Lee as Dr. Marlowe experiments with intravenous drugs that are supposed to release inner inhibitions. So comes forth Mr. Blake (also Lee) who gets more monstrous with each transformation (physically as well as personality). Peter Cushing plays his friend and colleague, Dr. Utterson. Written by Humberto Amador

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The Italian dubbed version is retitled "La vera storia del Dottor Jekyll" ("The True Story of Dr. Jekyll") and restores the character names of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde from the original novel. See more »

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At c. 53 minutes Utterson says he would recognise the exact details of the ornate head of Blake's cane. However he has only seen this cane for a fraction of a second, at night-time, when it was used to assault him earlier in the film. See more »

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Dr. Charles Marlowe: The face of evil is ugly to look upon. And as the pleasures increase, the face becomes uglier.
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Version of Suspense: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1949) See more »

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Eine Kleine Nachtsmusik
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (uncredited)
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Strange Case of Dr Marlowe and Mr Blake.
23 June 2015 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Is man born evil or is society to blame? Dr. Marlowe (Christopher Lee) believes that every man has both good and evil sides to their personality, and, influenced by Freud's theories about the id, ego and super-ego, he cooks up a serum to test the notion. After using a couple of his patients as guinea pigs, Marlowe injects himself with the drug and turns from dedicated doctor to leering loon Mr Blake, for whom crime is a source of pleasure.

I, Monster is Amicus' take on the oft-filmed Robert Louis Stevenson classic Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, except in this version it's Dr Marlowe and Mr Blake. As adaptations of Stevenson's famous work go, this is certainly one of the most consistently entertaining, thanks to a fun central performance from Lee, who revels in the wickedness of Mr Blake, a solid supporting turn from Peter Cushing as Marlowe's concerned lawyer Utterson, a reasonably faithful script, and effective direction from Steven Weeks.

I do, however, have an issue with the fact that none of the characters identify Blake as Marlowe, not even those who share his home. Towards the very end, as the monster within takes control and Blake becomes truly ugly, this is understandable, but during the earlier stages, where the physical changes are slight and Blake is still easily recognisable as Marlowe, it is difficult to swallow. The level of suspension of disbelief required is just a little too high for me to rate the film any higher than 6/10.


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