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Directed by Roy Ward Baker, who did films for both Hammer Studios (Quatermass and the Pit, Scars of Dracula) and its' rival Amicus (Asylum, The Vault of Horror), the film stars Ralph Bates (Taste the Blood of Dracula, Lust for a Vampire), along with three time Bond girl Martine Beswick (Dr. No - actually, her part in this one was pretty minimal, but I'll still count it, From Russia with Love, and Thunderball). Also appearing is Gerald Sim (The Man Who Haunted Himself), Lewis Fiander (Dr. Phibes Rises Again, and Susan Broderick, who really has few credits, this film being her most notable role.
As the film begins, Dr. Jekyll (Bates) is working on a universal panacea, or, one serum to cure many different diseases (the film appears to be set in sometime in the early 19th century, so there was plenty of work to do in this area).Read more ›
Beswicke's dark eyes and pouting, petulant lips will remind 21st century fanboys of Angelina Jolie, maybe a little slighter, but even scarier in the part of Sister Hyde. It's a little kinky I suppose that she's "really" a man, but Ralph Bates never really gets himself in any sex situations he can't extricate himself from. I guess that would have been too much even for the decadent 70s phase of Hammer films in which nudity and Lesbianism became de rigueur (Bates had just come off LUST FOR A VAMPIRE when assigned this film).
Listening to Ward Baker, Brian Clemens and Martine on the commentary track makes you realize how much was lost first by Ralph Bates' curtailed career, then by his death. He really was a marvellous actor, even if he was short (he was able to project on screen so that audiences read him as tall and commanding).
Ambitious and naive Doctor Jekyll (Ralph Bates) sets out to create vaccines for dangerous diseases but instead stumbles across a serum taken from the glands of young females. Using himself as a human guinea pig, he takes the potion and is transformed into a female version of himself. Using the alias of Mrs Hyde (Martine Beswick), his widowed sister, he sets out to harvest the glands of young female victims. With the body-count rising and Jekyll/Hyde's life spiralling out of control, madness is only around the corner... Adding complications is Jekyll's young female neighbour Susan (Susan Broderick) who develops a crush on him, while her brother Howard (Lewis Fiander) becomes infatuated with the elusive Mrs Hyde.
Ralph Bates and Martine Beswick handle the complicated title roles well, and really do look like each other. The transformation sequences are handled with great skill and the final scene (where the two continually morph) is amazing. Susan Broderick and Lewis Fiander make the most out of thankless, one-dimensional roles. Art director Robert Jones recreates the gaslight setting of the story with great success. With Julia Wright, Ivor Dean, Tony Calvin, Dorothy Alison, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Gerald Sim and Philip Madoc.
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Took me a very long time to find a good deal on the item I ordered and I am extremely pleased!Published 15 months ago by jason murray
After reading Marcus Hearn & Alan Barnes' THE HAMMER STORY and visiting Chris Woods' cheeky BRITISH HORROR FILMS website (google it, the film reviews are a scream! Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by Chip Kaufmann
I honestly don't know where Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde ranks among the affections of Hammer Film philes, but I consider it to be among the best of the Hammer gothics I've had the... Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Kristofer Upjohn
I Saw this On Sammy Terry, With His Signature Laugh Seeming a Little More Playful Than Usual, and at the Time I wondered Why! Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Michael David Mullett
I have most Hammer movies but never got this. I can't or see paying the price for this movie and I didn't since I bought it on VHS after
finding it on sale as most places are... Read more
Hammer spun the wheel and created a Sister Hyde in this early '70s horror flick. The tale is the same
old one with a few twists and a tad of nudity. Read more
Anchor Bay thoughtlessly ended distribution of this unique and excellent Hammer Horror classic. That was over 6 years ago and I missed getting my copy. Read morePublished on January 29, 2010 by walker
after all these years of trying find and purchase this item, but disappointed because i thought there was
a longer uncut version of Dr. Jekyl Sister Hyde... Read more
A twist on the original Robert Louis Stevenson tale, where instead of experimenting on personality changes, Dr. Read morePublished on June 21, 2009 by Critic's Corner