Henry Jeckyll tirelessly strives to perfect a serum that can separate the "good" and "evil" inside each man. With no one else to test the drug on, he uses it on himself, unleashing the wicked Mr. Hyde. Hyde is driven by instinct and personal desire with no moral conscious, and he lashes out at Jeckyll's wife and friend who have been caught in a lover's affair. Paul Massie steps into the famed roles in this Hammer production, but while his portrayal of the debonair monster Mr. Hyde can be enjoyable at times, his Dr. Jeckyll is quite heavy-handed and often silly with his ridiculous make-up and voice-masking. Christopher Lee and Dawn Addams attempt to breath some life into the picture, but even they seem to struggle with the empty material they have been given. Many of the stronger points in the original story have been omitted to make room for this invented love triangle, and Mankowitz fills the script with a heightened sexuality and surprising language. The sordid tale of Jeckyll and Hyde is one that relies entirely on the strengths of its performers when adapted for the screen, and unfortunately Hammer's lackluster take on Robert Louis Stevenson's novella leaves much to be desired.
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