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Year
1931
Runtime
98 min.
Director
Rouben Mamoulian
Genres
Sci-Fi, Horror
Rating *
7.6
Votes *
8,631
Checks
5,142
Favs
206
Dislikes
18
Favs/checks
4.0% (1:25)
Favs/dislikes
11:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde seems like the perfect story for pre-Code Hollywood to make, and in 1931, they did, not omitting its darkly sexual elements. It's even shocking at times. Miriam Hopkins really sells the terror as she becomes the target of Hyde's mental, physical, and yes, sexual abuse. Along with a number of interesting camera work and editing - though I don't think the long POV shots really works - the film uses make-up and lighting to create the transformations (looks amazing) before going full caveman on Fredric March. But March doesn't just let the make-up do the work, he gives Hyde tics and mannerisms all his own. I'm used to werewolf movies trying to allegorize themselves into this space, but this is much more effective and troubling. Hyde is still a man, and Jekyll remembers what he did as his darker self. Remove the pseudo-science element, and you have a man who abuses a common mistress even as he courts an angelic socialite, with the abuser's self-serving remorse that comes with it, but doesn't change the man (as per his failed promise to Hopkins' character). Dark, dark stuff. 5 years 7 months ago
  2. Prof. Lumpcicle's avatar

    Prof. Lumpcicle

    Miriam Hopkins (so hot) gets the pre-code treatment with cleveage and leg shots galore. I wouldn't want it any other way. 7 years 4 months ago
  3. JoeMorrissy's avatar

    JoeMorrissy

    Another great horror classic, special effects were great as well. Hard to imagine that this was made over 83 years ago. 11 years 11 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #45 in IMDb's Horror Top 50
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  2. This movie ranks #97 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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  3. This movie ranks #110 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  4. This movie ranks #169 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  5. This movie ranks #232 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  6. This movie ranks #255 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  7. This movie ranks #1141 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2500
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