Film / Doctor Jekyll and Sister Hyde
A 1971 Hammer Horror
film adapting The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
with several changes.
The dedicated Dr. Jekyll is attempting to find a cure for all disease. Realizing that this research could take longer than his natural lifespan, Jekyll derails into a search for an "elixir of life", some way of slowing the aging process. He hits upon human female hormones as a possible main ingredient, and early experiments seem to bear him out.
The problem now is that synthetic hormones don't exist yet, and no sane woman is going to volunteer to have her hormone-producing organs removed. So Jekyll turns to body snatchers Burke and Hare. Armed with his new supply, Jekyll develops his serum...but it has some side effects
. When the body snatchers are put out of business, Jekyll must find yet another supplier for fresh female hormones, while dealing with some personal issues.
Trope in this film include:
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Hyde.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: Hyde tries this towards Jekyll's love interest, in hopes of destroying his will to live.
- Artistic Licence History: Burke and Hare ply their trade right alongside Jack the Ripper.
- Artistic Licence Biology: Jekyll's theories of women posessing the hormones for eternal life are nonsense...but they're an excuse to get the plot going.
- Bitchin Sheeps Clothing: Ladies of Whitechapel think they'll be safe walking home with another woman. They are very, very wrong.
- The Casanova: Professor Robertson. It proves his undoing.
- The Cutie: Susan.
- Disposable Sex Worker: As per the real Whitechapel murders.
- False Widow: Hyde's cover story, allowing her to freely pursue a new husband.
- Gender Bender: Doctor Jekyll to Sister Hyde.
- Gothic Horror
- Grand Theft Me: The main struggle between Jekyll and Hyde.
- Hello, Nurse!: Hyde.
- How We Got Here: The movie opens with Jekyll's doomed confession.
- Immortality Immorality: Requires other people's body parts, and the main character starts taking them by force.
- Jack the Ripper: Jekyll himself, and later Mrs. Hyde.
- Jekyll & Hyde: As indicated in the title.
- Lady in Red: Hyde's Gorgeous Period Dress.
- Love Makes You Evil: Falling in love is one of the reasons Hyde is determined to have complete control of her body.
- Mad Scientist: Jekyll, of course.
- Multi-Gendered Split Personalities: The main character is a man whose Hyde is a woman.
- Not So Different: Both Jekyll and Hyde are willing to kill innocent women for their hormones.
- Slowly Slipping Into Evil: Jekyll goes from buying bodies, to buying suspiciously murdered bodies, to finding his own sources...
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Jekyll.