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Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype (1980)

An ugly, misshapen podiatrist ingests a formula made by a colleague and turns into a handsome, devil-may-care (but violent) ladies' man.


Charles B. Griffith (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Reed ... Dr. Henry Heckyl / Mr. Hype
Sunny Johnson ... Coral Careen
Maia Danziger ... Miss Finebum
Virgil Frye ... Lt. Mack Druck - 'Il Topo'
Mel Welles ... Dr. Vince Hinkle
Kedrick Wolf Kedrick Wolf ... Dr. Lew Hoo (as Kedric Wolfe)
Jackie Coogan ... Sgt. Fleacollar
Corinne Calvet ... Pizelle Puree
Sharon Compton Sharon Compton ... Mrs. Quivel
Denise Hayes Denise Hayes ... Liza Rowne
Charles Howerton ... Clutch Cooger
Dick Miller ... Irsil / Orson
Jack Warford Jack Warford ... Herringbone Flynn
Lucretia Love ... Debra Kate
Ben Frommer Ben Frommer ... Sgt. Gurnisht Hilfn


An ugly, misshapen podiatrist ingests a formula made by a colleague and turns into a handsome, devil-may-care (but violent) ladies' man.

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You''l love the brute and you'll hate the brute!!


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Release Date:

October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Heckyl & Mr. Hype See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Oliver Reed (Dr. Heckyl / Mr. Hype) previously appeared in The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960), another adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Henry Heckyl: I don't have to see the fear in their eyes, I can feel them cringing. I can feel them shrinking from my face. My one and only, old, unfortunate face. What they never see is the beauty behind my eyes. They only see the colors.
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Follows Up from the Depths (1979) See more »

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Weak comedy proves lightning can't strike twice
9 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Supposed spoof of Dr. Jeckyl/Mr. Hyde films turns out to be a lame attempt at a "modern" version. Perhaps the filmmakers (chief on the list of wrongdoers would be Griffith, who wrote great fly-by-night scripts for R. Corman) thought the reverse angle -- Heckyl is ugly but nice, and Hype "handsome" (we're talking about Oliver Reed here) but sadistic -- would sustain the film. It doesn't, and neither does Reed, up to his usual method-inspired hysterics here. When you see that this movie expects you to believe Reed is handsome with OR without makeup, you can realize how stupid it is. I mean, I like a comedy, but in order to be funny it has to hold up its straight aspects, for chrissakes.

Some redemption is that Reed's Hype is so distasteful that you actually start to like him in the bad makeup! Welles is a fellow podiatrist, and Coogan a cop chasing the monster. The dialogue is stilted, and if there was a laugh to be culled out of it you wouldn't be able to pick it up on the soundtrack. Some jokes that might make adolescent boys laugh just from the sicko aspects (body part fetishes, etc.). Awful photography. Just not a good film. Don't see it, even if you're a fan of Griffith and Corman, unless you really want to be bored.

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