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Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976)

R | | Horror | January 1976 (USA)
When a scientist develops a formula to regenerate dying liver cells, it accidentally turns him into an albino vampire with a taste for prostitutes.

Director:

William Crain

Writers:

Larry LeBron, Lawrence Woolner (idea)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernie Casey ... Dr. Henry Pride
Rosalind Cash ... Dr. Billie Worth
Marie O'Henry Marie O'Henry ... Linda Monte
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Lt. Jackson
Milt Kogan ... Lt. Harry O'Connor
Stu Gilliam Stu Gilliam ... Silky, the pimp
Elizabeth Robinson Elizabeth Robinson ... Cissy Hubbard
Della Thomas Della Thomas ... Bernice Watts
Marc Alaimo ... Preston, the pusher
Sam Laws ... Bartender
Judith Angeline Judith Angeline ... Nurse
Janet Day Janet Day ... Nurse
Eric Washington Eric Washington ... Orderly
Dan Spelling Dan Spelling ... Orderly
Cora Lee Day Cora Lee Day ... Mrs. Emily Harris
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Storyline

An African-American scientist develops a formula to regenerate dying liver cells, but it has the unfortunate after-effect of turning him into an albino vampire with a mania for killing prostitutes. A tough police lieutenant investigating the murders discovers the existence of the dual-personality killer, and determines to bring him in. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A screamin' demon rages inside, turnin' him into Mr Hyde... don't give him no sass or he'll kick yo' ass! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Decision for Doom See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Lt. Jackson: Brother man, this situation is rapidly becoming insalubrious... meaning: We're about to stomp a mudhole in your ass!
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Referenced in A Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »

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Deserves a wider audience
21 May 2004 | by faisal_khanSee all my reviews

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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