January 9, 2012

"DR. JEKYLL AND THE WEREWOLF" (Pure Terror 50 Movies Pack, #34)

DR. JEKYLL AND THE WEREWOLF

Original Title:
Dr. Jekyll y el Hombre Lobo

Alternate Titles:
Dr. Jekyll versus The Werewolf / Dr. Jekyll And The Wolfman

German Title:
Die Nacht der blutigen Wölfe

Spain, 1972
Director: Léon Klimovsky

6/10


"Dr. Jekyll And The Werewolf" is a goofy but highly amusing Spanish horror flick, and one of the better Klimovsky/Naschy-collaborations.

The story about Hungarian wolfman Valdemar who searches for a lycanthropy-cure and ends up in London where the grandson of Dr. Jekyll turns him into Mr. Hyde... yeah, I think you already realized how silly and far-fetched the plot is :-)
The movie itself looks pretty cheap and tacky, the acting is mostly quite mediocre (especially Shirley Corrigan's annoying performance) and the dialogue sucks most of the time.

Apart from that, I enjoyed it quite a lot. It's fast-paced and entertaining, including loads of chilling atmosphere and many thrilling scenes. The weirdly orchestrated score is pretty effective, the foggy London-settings look marvellous, there's some really nice gore and Paul Naschy's 3 performances as Valdemar, Werewolf and Mr. Hyde, are just brilliant.

Decent 70s exploitation, highly recommended to fans of oldschool Euro-trash.

6 comments:

  1. I love this movie but too bad this is an edited version, but I do own the uncut vrsion.

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  2. Yeah, it's pretty edited, but it's still likeable. I saw an unedited German version years ago.

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  3. I think I have that Pure Terror pack - so I guess I own this one! Cool! Looking forward to it!

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  4. I have got to see this movie. It's strange and cheesy and well, it's got a werewolf. ;)

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  5. I like my share of cheesy so this sounds pretty fun to watch. Plus I would love to check out the werewolf makeup. I have yet to find one that is just perfect.

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  6. @Craig:
    I LOVE that Pure Terror pack. When I'm done with it, I'm sure I'll buy another one :)

    @Mel:
    Haha, you definitely need to see it. It's supercheesy but fun :)

    @Nicole:
    Well the were-makeup here is definitely NOT perfect, but at least it looks quite charming :)

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