Horror Movies:

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1920)

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Parental Guidance Recommended

Parental guidance is recommended for younger viewers.

NOTE: Contains medium level violence.

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Description

When the highly respected Dr. Jekyll conducts experiments to discover the essence of good and evil in man's nature, he creates a potion that transforms him into the demonic and destructive Mr. Hyde.

Review

It took John Barrymore to bring class to the American horror film, at least in the eyes of the industry. Dignified and virtuous as Dr. Henry Jekyll in this 1920 silent, Barrymore transforms into id incarnate as the lascivious Mr. Hyde. With almost no makeup beyond his gnarled, knobby fingers and greasy hair, Barrymore relies almost solely on a bug-eyed grimace, a spidery body language, and pure theatrical flourish. He tends to be hammy as the leering beast of a thug but brings a tortured struggle to the repressed doctor, horrified at the demon he's unleashed, guilty that he enjoys Hyde's unrestrained life of drinking and whoring, and terrified that he can no longer control the transformations. Martha Mansfield costars as his pure and innocent sweetheart, and Nita Naldi (the vamp of Blood and Sand) has a small but memorable role as the world-weary dance hall darling who first "wakens" Jekyll's "baser nature." --Sean Axmaker
Release date NZ
October 6th, 2004
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.33 : 1
Language
English
Length (Minutes)
73
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
Genre
  • Horror
UPC
9325336020425
Product ID
1466970

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