Jekyll and Hyde… Together Again (1982)

Article 3790 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-19-2011
Posting Date: 12-30-2011
Directed by Jerry Belson
Featuring Mark Blankfield, Bess Armstrong, Krista Erickson
Country: USA
What it is: Comedy

Brilliant surgeon Dr. Jekyll plans to give up surgery to concentrate on research in the hope of developing a drug that can increase the animal instinct of survival in human beings. He ends up addicted to a drug that turns him into a sex-starved maniac.

This parody of the Robert Louis Stevenson story is aggressive, energetic, and, with its obsession with sex, drugs and general crudeness, doesn’t allow anything like good taste stand in its way of getting a laugh. This would be all right if it actually accomplished its purpose, but, sadly, I didn’t laugh once. I’m not surprised it has a bit of a following; those who like general outrageousness, for example, will probably like this. I just wished it would pull back a little from the loud, obnoxious quality of the presentation; the movie seems to be working far too hard to get its laughs. As it is, the thing I like best about the movie is that the reason for Dr. Jekyll’s experiments seems to me to be one of the more convincing explanations for the research he’s doing, and that has little to do with the humor. The joke I found the funniest comes at the very end, and has to do with Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave, and I bet you can figure that out without seeing the movie. On a side note, the sexy nurse is none other than Elvira herself, Cassandra Peterson.

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