Halloween Horrors 2014: Doctor Jekyll vs The Werewolf

November 1, 2014 at 8:42 pm Leave a comment

What would a Halloween be without Paul Naschy, or as I call him, Spanish John Belushi. I believe an eighth of the movies on the Pure Terror set feature Paul Naschy. So if you are doing a thesis paper on 70’s Spanish horror cinema, this set is a must have. On this set, and in low budget horror movies in general, I am used to being lied to. So much to my surprise, this movie features both Doctor Jekyll and a werewolf. You never know. I have seen Dracula and Frankstein movies that featured neither. Mummies that are more like Zombies. Zombies that are more like cannibals. So when a low budget, foreign horror movie delivers what it promises, it’s a huge win in my book.

While riding out in Carpathia in their Rolls Royce, the perfect off road vehicle, Justine and her husband get attacked by ….. gypsies? Justine runs to the safety of Lord Wladimires castle, the one place her attackers won’t follow. She quickly forgets about her slain husband and falls in love with Spanish John Belushi, Lord Wladimires. For a while their I thought he might be a vampire but sure enough, he is a werewolf. With the villagers closing in and Justine madly in love, not caring that he is a werewolf, they make an exciting escape from Carpathia to London. It just so happens that Justine personally knows Doctor Jekyll. THE Doctor Jekyll. If anyone care cure lycanthropy it would be Doctor Jekyll. Jekyll has just the thing, a formula he has been working. The problem is that while Wladimir is only sometimes and werewolf, now he is also Mr. Hyde.

The real attraction of this movie is to see Spanish John Belushi playing Mr. Hyde. And a werewolf too for that matter. He pulls off the werewolf well but his Mr. Hyde needs to be seen to be believed. There is a subplot with Doctor Jekyll and his nurse assistant, which comes to an end when Mr. Hyde throws her on a bed of spikes like a Mortal Kombat fatality. She had just killed Doctor Jekyll for not loving her so there is that but harly a reason to cheer for Hyde.  Hyde is simply the slimiest creep in the world.

In the end Justine must take matters into her own hands with a silver bullet. We get a Reservoir Dogs kind of ending just for good measure. I don’t want to give away too much because I rather like this movie and you should probably watch it. It’s a little plotting at times, moving rather slowly then picking up really quickly in the end.The movie is competently made. They didn’t try to do anything special but none of the technical aspects of the movie look particularly flawed. The acting outside of Naschy’s Mr. Hyde is nothing to write home about. The story isn’t bad but not great. Doctor Jekyll, the title character, really should have done more to resolve the situation. Indeed he was stabbed in the back by his nurse. Maybe I have just seen too many of these movies and Spanish John Belushi has rubbed off on me or maybe this was an enjoyable if not particularly ambitious movie.


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