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Jekyll's Inferno
Jekyll's Inferno.jpg
Film poster under its American release title
Directed by Terence Fisher
Produced by Michael Carreras
Written by Wolf Mankowitz
Starring Paul Massie
Dawn Addams
Christopher Lee
David Kossoff
Francis de Wolff
Music by David Heneker
John Hollingsworth
Monty Norman
Cinematography Jack Asher
Editing by Eric Boyd-Perkins
James Needs
Release date(s) October 24, 1960 (UK)
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll is a 1960 horror film by Hammer Film Productions. It was directed by Terence Fisher, and stars Paul Massie as Dr. Jekyll, and co-stars Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee and David Kossoff. It was written by Wolf Mankowitz, based on the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

In contrast to other film versions, Jekyll was portrayed as a rather bland and faceless person, while Hyde was presented as suave and handsome. This reflects director Fisher's belief in what critics (such as biographer Wheeler Winston Dixon) called "the charm of evil".[1] The film is also unusual in that it is one of the few where the Jekyll/Hyde character does not die in the story's conclusion.

The film was released in North America under the titles House of Fright and Jekyll's Inferno.

Plot summaryEdit

Henry Jekyll's wife Kitty cheats on him with his friend Paul Allen (who hounds money from Jekyll). Ignoring the warnings of his colleague and friend Dr. Ernst Littauer, Jekyll concocts a chemical potion which he hopes will help him learn the depths of the human mind. Testing the potion on himself, he transforms into Mr. Hyde, a young and handsome, but also murderous and lecherous beast. Soon, Hyde becomes bored with conventional debauchery, and when his eyes catch Kitty, he decides he must have her. When Kitty rejects him, Hyde rapes and murders her, and frames his other self for these crimes.

CastEdit

TriviaEdit

  • A thug who picks a fight with Edward Hyde in one barroom scene was played by a young Oliver Reed.
  • Christopher Lee, who played the role of Paul Allen in this film, would later go on and star in a more faithful adaptation of Stevenson's novel, the 1970 Amicus film, I, Monster. Lee played Dr. Charles Marlow and Mr. Edward Blake (the renamed characters of Jekyll and Hyde).

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wheeler Winston Dixon. The Charm of Evil: The Films of Terence Fisher (with an introduction by John Carpenter).Metuchen N.J. and London: Scarecrow Press, 1991. 574 pages.

External linksEdit



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