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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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A movie directed by John Carl Buechler

Robert Louis Stevenson's THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE is faithfully adapted for the screen by director John Carl Buechler (THE EDEN FORMULA) on this presentation. The role of Jekyll/Hyde is played by Tony Todd, who is best known as … see full wiki

Director: John Carl Buechler
Genre: Horror
Release Date: September 29, 2006
MPAA Rating: R
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - 2008

  • Jan 16, 2010
Pros: a fun Jekyll/Hyde thanks to Tony Todd

Cons: better leave this out

The Bottom Line:
"When I drink my potion my character changes,
My whole mind and body rearranges"
~The Who

Of course this film was crap, no denying it, but in a weird way I enjoyed The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. For one thing it was in modern times while all the other productions I’ve seen were in shady ole’ England with those cockney-voiced, high-pitched, wailing women. The problem was, since they were dealing with modern times, they really could have utilized modern technology a bit more to enhance the entire thing. Oh, well.

Frankly, if it hadn’t been for the dual role Tony Todd took on of Jekyll and Hyde, I probably wouldn’t have liked the movie at all. It was that cheesy. I liked how he metamorphosed into Hyde, it was rather nasty. Then at times he was both characters at the same time, like looking into a mirror and seeing yourself entirely differently. The ending, though, please. Blowed, big time.

Dr. Jekyll worked at a bio-tech lab where they were, surprise, playing around with DNA and so forth to find various cures for nasty diseases. Good intentions. However, government being what it is, products can’t be released until they’ve been tested so long they are practically obsolete. Jekyll, suffering from a bad ticker, decides to inject some of the recent product into himself to cure his bad heart. Ta-da … Mr. Hyde is born.

Seems in his home life Jekyll has a lithesome babe that owns the local high priced coffee shop. I’m not talking Starbucks high, I’m talking higher. As in, they are having an opera night with everyone in full garb. Naturally this permits Jekyll to don his rather massive tux and cape, topped with a stunning hat and cane, to attend.

I don’t know if they used trick camera angles or what, but Jekyll/Hyde simply looked huge. Well, come to think of it, Todd is 6.5” tall, that is pretty huge. Then when he is in Hyde mode he looks even larger.

As it all breaks down, a rather stupid detective is working on the case of the recent spat of murdered women around town [thanks to Hyde]. The reason I call her stupid is; 1] she refuses to carry a gun because her last partner had one explode in his hands, 2] she wears a backpack which looks totally ridiculous on a full-grown adult, and 3] she always takes the time to grab up her purse when she is going to a crime scene. Seriously, when was the last time you saw a police officer hauling around a dang purse? Stupid wench.

Beyond all those minor annoyances, she is just plain stupid anyway.

I had to laugh several times during the film, Hyde had some of the best dialogue just full of snarky comments and double meanings.

This film was directed by John Carl Buechler, who adapted the screenplay from the work of Robert Louis Stevenson. It carries an R rating and rightly so for violence, gore, and language. No awards. Joining Tony Todd in the movie was Tracy Scoggins as the incredibly dumb detective. Todd really carried the movie, especially with his interactive conversations with himself as Jekyll/Hyde at the same time.

I watched this on TV so a good deal of the language was altered and I have no idea if there are extras featured on the DVD.


Thanks to Mona [ladyconsumer] for finding this in the database for me :)


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