Not bad at all!
This version of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a period piece and it doesn’t have a monster, surprisingly. Many scenes are celebrations and take place in bars, which keeps the film from getting depressing. This story is a tragedy; it just takes a while to get to the sad parts. Basically, Jekyll’s wife cheats on him. In return, he magically turns into Mr. Hyde and spies on her.
This Hammer Film Productions take on a classic stays away from the mental picture we instantly get of the famous tale. Hyde is suave, handsome and manipulative. He eventually becomes violent, unable to deal with jealousy, but he isn’t a beast. He enjoys talking. It’s a good thing because this film is 90% dialogue. Most Hammer movies have great costumes and set design. This film is no exception.
The horror, here, is not the monster but the addiction. What Dr. Jekyll’s potion does he requires in order to overcome his problems, but he doesn’t use it wisely and stirs trouble. Good acting and decent make-up makes the Jekyll and Hyde duality easy to buy. Jekyll wears the make-up; not Hyde. The film is a slow-burn with a touch of supernatural. It’s one of the best adaptations of the novel.