When European Egyptologists Dubois, Giles and Bray discover the tomb of the Egyptian prince Ra, American entrepreneur and investor Alexander King insists on shipping the treasures and ... See full summary »
When Castle Dracula is exorcised by the Monsignor, it accidentally brings the Count back from the dead. Dracula follows the Monsignor back to his hometown, preying on the holy man's beautiful niece and her friends.
Dr. Henry Jekyll is a dull, bookish scientist who spends more time with his lab animals testing theories of alternate personalities than with his beautiful, young wife. Kitty Jekyll has given up trying to find any passion in her distant, preoccupied husband and is involved in an affair with one of Jekyll's old 'friends,' Paul Allen, a weak slacker and wastrel who relies on Jekyll to pay his numerous gambling debts. After experimenting on himself, the bearded, tweedy Jekyll transforms himself into the young, dynamic, and self-confidant Edward Hyde. In his new character he befriends Allen, who has no idea that this clean-cut, handsome playboy prone to outbursts of violence is really Jekyll. As Hyde, he encourages Allen to introduce him to the dark underbelly of London's night life including opium dens and sex clubs, where he begins an affair with the sensual courtesan Maria, an exotic dancer and snake charmer. When he tries to seduce Allen's mistress, in reality his own wife, he is ...Written by
Dr. Henry Jekyll:
Resigning my appointment freed me from idiots who are no more scientists than I am a priest!
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The US version suffered heavy edits and removed most of the crude dialogue including "bitch", "fourpenny whore", "damn", "trollop" and "go to hell" which were replaced by "witch", "darn" and "go to hades". The print also reduced the snake dance and most of the bedroom scene, and the same print was later released on the US Columbia VHS. The Sony DVD, released in the Hammer Icons Of Horror collection, features the restored UK cinema version. See more »
I stumbled across this movie on late night television a couple of nights ago. It looked like a fairly low-budget movie and I didn't really expect to stay with it, but it surprised me. I found it to be an entertaining story, with enough originality to make it more than just a rehash of the Jekyll/Hyde tale. In particular, the portrayal of Jekyll and Hyde was different than what I expected. While Jekyll is generally portrayed as a kind and gentle man (while at the same time a bit cold and aloof) he is usually the more physically attractive side of the split personality. In this movie, Jekyll vaguely resembles Abraham Lincoln - hardly the most attractive man in history, while Hyde is actually strikingly handsome in addition to being charismatic. It seems that the point is that good and evil doesn't always equate to beauty and ugliness.
I thought Paul Massie did a decent job portraying both sides of the split personality, and a young Christopher Lee does well as Paul Allen, a scheming conniver having an affair with Jekyll's wife (Dawn Addams) who befriends Hyde, ultimately leading to his own downfall.
All in all, I quite enjoyed this movie, and am glad I stumbled across it.
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