Decades of Terror 2019: 1970's Horror Movies

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

A scientist discovers a potion that makes people purely evil.

 

United States
1920
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Black & White
Silent
Trickster: 
Impostor
Fluids: 
Potion
3.04
I'll drink to that!
5.04
5.04
3.04
2
1
3
2
Plot
Editing
Ambiance
Jekyll is described as an idealist, a philanthropist and a progressive rather than conservative doctor of medicine. This is what will get him into trouble once he starts experimenting with chemistry, as he comes up with a potion that splits the light and dark sides of human beings. He tests the drug on himself and becomes Mr. Hyde, a vicious version of himself.
This is based upon Robert Louis Stevenson's novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It contains multiple title cards. They are straight forward and leave no room for interpretation. This is a simple story that escalates into a tragic twist. Although predictable, it fits the character perfectly. Every silent black and white horror movie needs its impossible love subplot. This one is sad.
Hyde’s character is ugly and is purely evil, but he can hold a conversation which makes him nuanced. His transformations sequences are good old cross-fades between two images. The make-up is impressive, the sets are immersing and the costumes splendid, but don’t expect crazy effects. The film doesn’t rely on them. In a nutshell, this is the equivalent of a dialogue driven lycanthropic tale.
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