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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

He sold his soul for a test tube of serum - SPOILERS

7/10
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY
7 November 2003

***SPOILERS*** Updated version of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyell and Mr.Hyde" in the Watts ghetto of L.A. with the understanding and gentle Dr. Henry Pride, Bernie Casey. Henry through his experimenting with a serum would cure hepatitis and regenerate liver cells. It in fact turns him into the brutal and ruthless Mr.Hyde! A much better movie that one would guess with Casey and the supporting cast lifting the film well above the standards that one would expect from this black exploitation movie of 1976.

Henry had a lifelong dream of curing damaged liver cells and related diseases, like hepatitis, since his dear mother died of liver disease right in front of him and his sister Dr. Billie Worth, Rosalind Cash, when he was a little boy. Henry also has over the years developed a deep hatred and resentment against prostitutes whom he holds responsible for his mothers death. Henry's mother worked as a maid in a local bordello, where she and her son and daughter were given a place to live by the owner, and the night that she fell ill and died none of the "ladies", as Henry called them, would come to her aid or call for medical help.

Coming up with a serum that he thought would cure liver disease Dr. Pride needed someone to try it on but if it was ever found out that he did that, as his sister warned him, it would destroy everything that he and his sister worked for. Which is the free clinic that they founded and ran in the Watts ghetto for the poverty stricken people who lived there.

Trying the serum on himself turned the sweet and kindly Henry into an albino-like monster where his hatred of prostitutes and those who employ and support them, pimps and johns, came to the surface with deadly and destructive results. Linda, Marie O'Henry, a local prostitute who Henry fell in love with, and was treating for hepatitis, once tried to use the serum on her to see if it would work but without success, Linda refused to be injected with it. Dr. Pride then tried the serum on himself where, to Linda's shock and horror, he turned into murderous Mr.Hyde!

With the body count of his victims raising at an alarming pace Linda begged Henry, while he was still normal, to turn himself over to the police so that the killing would stop and that he could get help. Henry wouldn't listen and continued with his murderous rampage until the police finally tracked him down and cornered him in the Watts Towers. After holding the police off, with Linda as a hostage, Henry doing a King Kong imitation climbed to the top of the towers and is then killed by a barrage of police bullets. As Henry fell to his death the terror that he unleashed on the ghetto of Watts, and the people that live there, came to an end.

Much better then one would expect with Bernie Casey and the supporting cast rising up the movie where it's entertaining as well as thought-provoking. You really feel for Dr. Henry Pride to the point where your both sympathetic as well as outraged at what he was and what he became. With an ending that makes you see that Henry's obsession with curing liver cells and hepatitis was indeed a noble and righteous effort, for the good of all humanity. It's the way that Henry went about it and with the consequences that resulted from it destroyed, like his sister warned him, everything that he ever worked for and in the end even himself.

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Deserves a wider audience

10/10
Author: faisal_khan from London, England
21 May 2004

I saw this film years ago on cable and enjoyed it for what it was. I suppose that's because I cam to it without any hype or expectations and enjoyed it all the more for it. The trouble with films like 'Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde' and the more famous 'The Thing With Two Heads' is that the gimmick often promises more than it delivers. Likewise when you get over the premise of 'Blacula', it's nothing more than an extended episode of 'Kolchak:The Night Stalker' held together by nothing more than the excellent William Marshall.

But I digress. I think too many people expect these movies to have some meaningful insight into social issues of the day when many mainstream Hollywood films dealing with the same premise would be let off the hook. Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde is nothing more than the Jekyll and Hyde story told with a black actor and should be viewed on that basis alone.

As a blaxploitation horror, this is competent stuff, though I'd recommend 'J.D's Revenge' over this as a better example. As a showcase for Bernie Casey this is far more enjoyable and one of the reasons I have remained a fan of this movie after many years.

NOTE: DS9 fans will enjoy seeing Casey and Marc Alaimo together some 17 years before their appearance as Cal Hudson and Gul Dukat in the DS9 2-parter 'The Maquis'.

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Pretty good horror flick from the '70s

8/10
Author: phibes012000 from The House of Good Schlock
12 February 2005

I remember seeing this film advertised on an Atlanta TV station late night in 1976: then I saw the rating, "R", and being 10 years old with religious parents I knew I'd never see it. Little did I know then that VCRs were just around the corner. Dr. Pride is looking for cures in liver diseases, and he discovers a formula that doesn't do too much for the liver but makes the user a monster. After a botched attempt on an old lady at the hospital he tries it on himself...becoming Mr. White Monster. This film isn't very scary, but its mighty entertaining. I can see how William Crane (the director) probably was making a statement about drug abuse. Bernie Casey is good as the doctor. The film also stars Rosiland Cash and was distributed by Dimension Pictures (Kingdom of the Spiders & Ruby).

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

A benevolent inner city doctor transform into a hideous white monster!

5/10
Author: Miyagis_Sweaty_wifebeater (sirjosephu@aol.com) from Sacramento, CA
13 October 2003

Dr. Black and Mr. White (1976) was a movie that I watched on Elvira's Late night horror show one night, when I was a lad. She totally ripped this movie a new one. I found it so entertaining that I sought out this movie for the longest time (The Elvira version). Alas, I could never find it but the memories of this bad movie still linger in my mind. Bernie Casey stars as an inner city doctor who starts to fool around with things he shouldn't, transforming himself into a mean hulking brute covered in flour. When he's on these periodic rampages, Casey goes out and murder all of the neighborhood's low lives (one scene that really stood out was when this pimp tries to stab a car driven by Casey). A bad movie for all the right reasons.

Highly recommended for true fans of bad movies.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Oscar-movie seekers, look elsewhere. Blaxploitation and b-movie fans, get ready for a great one!

Author: melissa (soulsister@post.com) from New Orleans, United States
28 May 2000

--Don't take it seriously and you'll have a great time with this film.--

Here's another point of view about the "quality" of this movie. If you're the kind who doesn't take life too seriously, enjoys b-movies and/or blaxploitation flicks, and doesn't mind a classic bad movie every now and then for a good laugh, then you'll enjoy this film. But the point is to not take the film seriously. After all, what film do you know of with a character named Silky the pimp will be a contender for an Academy award!

No, this movie is not *that* scary, though there is lots of suspense. But it *is* funny (make your own jokes as the movie rolls), with lots of action, crazy blaxploitation-style music, kitschiness. . . did I mention Silky the pimp? It is not meant to be a commentary on race relations. It's bad film entertainment at it's worse, er, I mean best! It ranks up there with "Blacula;" it's quality comes from the fact that it is played so "straight."

I recommend this to all other fans of bad b-movies and blaxploitation films like myself. Kick back with this film, some friends, some snacks, and laugh all night!

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Enjoyable 70's blaxploitation horror outing

8/10
Author: Woodyanders (Woodyanders@aol.com) from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
31 May 2011

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Sincere scientist Dr. Henry Pride (an earnest and likable performance by Bernie Casey) uses himself as a test subject for an experimental remedy on liver damage he's working on. Alas, said remedy causes Pride to occasionally transform into a murderous albino psychopath with a penchant for killing prostitutes. Director William Crain, working from a clever and engrossing script by Larry Le Bron and Harry Woolner, relates the entertaining story at a steady pace, makes fine use of the gritty urban locations, offers some interesting social commentary on the racial divide between whites and blacks (the successful and upwardly mobile Pride is accused by other African-Americans of being a sell out to "The Man" because he drives a silver Rolls Royce and resides in a huge white mansion in a fancy neighborhood), and stages the attack scenes with real flair, with the tense and rousing "King Kong"-style climax set at the Watts Towers rating as an exciting highlight. Moreover, the often hilarious profanity-ridden jive slang dialogue gives the picture an extra tangy punch, Stan Winston provides the nifty monster make-up, and there's a decent smattering of gratuitous female nudity. The cast have a ball with the outrageous material, with stand-out work by Rosalind Cash as Pride's concerned colleague Billie Worth, Marie O'Henry as sassy hooker Linda Monte, Ji-Tu Cumbuka as no-nonsense homicide detective Lt. Jackson, Milt Kogan as Jackson's equally hard-boiled partner Lt. Harry O'Connor, Stu Gilliam as slimy no-count pimp Silky, and Marc Alaimo as sleazy drug pusher Preston. Johnny Pate's funky'n'jazzy score does the groovy trick. Tak Fujimoto's crisp cinematography is likewise up to par. A fun fright flick.

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Dr. Black and Mr..............White

6/10
Author: dcb-4 from United States
22 October 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

SPOILER Having, in years past, seen Blacula, Blackenstein, and Scream Blacula, Scream!, it was inevitable that I would get to this. It's the story of Dr. Pride (Wait! I thought it was Dr. Black. Maybe Dr. Black-Pride?), brilliant research scientist by day, and also by day, a volunteer at the Watts Free Clinic & Thrift Shop. Yes, you read that right. You can't make up the Seventies...

When one of his serums turns a blackish rat white and makes it so violent that it attacks and kills the other rats in the cage, the good doctor takes it as a sign that this may just be the cure for psoriasis of the liver. Oh, did I mention that he's looking for a cure for psoriasis of the liver? Yep, he's looking for a cure for psoriasis of the liver. Anyways (that's for you, Debbie), Doc BP decides he needs to try it out on humans to get real, useful data...rules, regulations, and ethics be damned. So he tries it out on a patient that's been brought in for liver failure and is not expected to live out the night. She turns white, lunges at him, and promptly dies.

This leaves the doctor with no choice but to try it on himself, which is strange, because he's never mentioned that he's even got psoriasis of the liver. Nope, not even an inkling that he's got psoriasis of the liver. This, of course, turns him into an angry white man with incredible strength, who decimates any brotha who stands in his way. Oh, and he also kills hookers because.....well.....um....psoriasis of the liver!!! Bernie Casey is actually pretty good (probably because he's an excellent actor) and the whole thing is a lot of fun. There's a really cool stunt involving him throwing a store clerk through several rows of vegetable bins--no CGI, and all done in a single take, and a bravura finale in which the evil Mr. White...er, Hyde (never called that) climbs the Watts Towers.

For some reason.

Oh, just go with it!

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DR. BLACK MR. HYDE (William Crain, 1976) **1/2

6/10
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta
24 October 2013

Another horror classic receives the Blaxploitation treatment; wisely, the producers recruited for the task the director of the most sustained effort in this vein, namely the original BLACULA (1972). While not emerging a success on a similar level, the film under review is still a reasonably interesting one. The main reason for this is that it keeps a generally sober approach throughout (apart from the caricatured depiction of pimps) and the central performances (notably Bernie Casey and Marie O'Henry) are as committed as can be expected under the circumstances. As in the horrid BLACKENSTEIN (1973), the script contrives to incorporate some half-baked form of social commentary: the effects of substance abuse (since here the doctor injects himself rather than drinks a potion) and – less successfully, given Stan Winston(!)'s ludicrous make-up – race relations (Dr. Pride, as the protagonist has been renamed, turns white as a result of the drug!). Perhaps the most unexpected trait allotted the transformation in this case is "Hyde"'s unearthly shriek, which is effective at first but does begin to grate with the repetition! Unlike in previous versions, too, this monster (apart from the typical savagery of his depredations, at one point, he is made to throw a prostitute clear across the street!) proves remarkably resilient in being put down – necessitating attacks by police dogs, innumerable gun-shot wounds and, finally, a leap from L.A.'s oddly-shaped Watts Tower. Rosalind Cash (from THE OMEGA MAN {1971}) appears as Pride's conservative colleague-cum-neglected fiancée.

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Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976) *1/2

4/10
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.
6 October 2013

I love the film BLACULA (1972), but this Blaxpoitation flick is a dull misfire that had potential to be entertaining in an offbeat way early on, but then blows it. Bernie Casey is a laid back and soft spoken scientist whose experiments with a formula for liver preservation cause him to turn into a light-skinned albino who likes to go around killing people, especially hookers. There are some fun moments, like 'Hyde' beating up a group of thugs on the street, and later mowing down a chick with his Rolls Royce. The first transformation scene involves a female patient who Casey uses as a guinea pig, and her makeup is quite creepy, featured in a quick sequence that sends a chill through you -- but that's about all; most of this then turns into slow-moving tedium, unfortunately. Also features Rosalind Cash, known for her role opposite Charlton Heston back in THE OMEGA MAN (1971). The best I can conclude about DR. BLACK, MR. HYDE is at least it's not quite as bad as BLACKENSTEIN (1973). *1/2 out of ****

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Disappointing blaxsploitation version of the classic tale.

5/10
Author: jaguiar313 from USA
15 November 2012

Blacksploitation classic tells the story of Dr. Henry Pryde (Bernie Casey) who is working tirelessly to find a cure for liver disease. He develops a serum that shows potential but, he can't perfect it without human experimentation. After a failed test on a dying woman, Henry decides to test the serum on himself. The result transforms the valiant doctor into a super strong, violent tempered… white man. Directed by Blacula's William Crain, this 70s horror treats it's story with respect despite how silly it is and Crain, as with Blacula, gets good performances out of his cast that also includes Rosalind Cash (The Omega Man) and Marie O'Henry as Pryde's love interest, a local hooker named Linda. Sadly, Larry LeBron's script from an idea by Lawrence Woolner doesn't nearly make as much use of the classic story it's based on as did Blacula, nor is Crain able to give this film the Gothic flavor and style he did with that film. It's pretty much a generic monster movie with Mr. Hyde stalking and killing Linda's fellow hookers and their pimps and the police trying to find and stop the killer. The obvious blaxploitation elements are present but, seem a bit forced here as opposed to Blacula where they were just part of the characters and their life at that point in time. Still the film does have that 70s nostalgia and is worth a look for those interested in the blaxploitation era of filmmaking. Also noteworthy as, the Mr. Hyde make-up effects on Bernie Casey are by the legendary Stan Winston.

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