A plot twist is a literary technique that introduces a radical change in the direction or expected outcome of the plot in a work of fiction. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 58 horror and horror-adjacent movies with big plot twists sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?
Hammer Film Productions tries something completely off the wall by making his evil protagonist a transgender woman. The end result is incredibly disorienting but still delightful. Picture Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde meet Jack the Ripper. Sounds convoluted? It kind of is. Jekyll pretends Hyde is his widowed sister. He’s good, she’s evil, but soon both personalities merge and the situation implodes.
This is one of the best adaptations of the novella we’ve had so far. This is technically the third time Hammer Films adapts the Robert Louis Stevenson short story to the screen. This is also the most shocking by far. Imagine Jekyll turning into Hyde and soon after playing with her nude breasts. Okay; It sounds worse than it is! The script is smart and the director has good taste, so it works...
The score could be more present, the tension more palpable and the pacing more captivating. The only major problem, here, is that not much happens in this film. It's a bad thriller. We get a couple of simple but ingenious mutation scenes, a bunch of murders but a lot of dialogue. The acting is irreproachable, the set design and costumes are of Hammer Film standards and the photo is immersive.