|The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde|
|Directed by||John Carl Buechler|
|Written by||John Carl Buechler|
|Based on||The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde|
by Robert Louis Stevenson
|Produced by||Peter Davy|
|Cinematography||James M. LeGoy|
|Edited by||Norman Apstein|
|Music by||Andy Garfield|
|Distributed by||Rocky Mountain Pictures|
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 2006 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella. It was directed by John Carl Buechler, and produced by Peter Davy. The film is set in modern times instead of Victorian England.
Dr. Henry Jekyll has succeeded in curing a higher primate of his serious heart condition. He tests the serum on himself, resulting in dire consequences; he is transformed into the evil Edward Hyde. Dr. Jekyll does not realize that Hyde is a manifestation of himself, and develops a kind of multiple personality disorder. Hyde murders female college students and frames Jekyll. Jekyll feels guilty about the murders, and gives the victims' families $30,000 in damages. Hyde rapes and murders Jekyll's boss, Donna Carew.
During a dinner party, Jekyll's friend Dennis Lanyon sees his colleague transform into Hyde before his eyes. Detective Karen Utterson and Lanyon race to find Jekyll before it's too late, as the serum gives Hyde immortality. Jekyll tries giving himself up to the police, but Hyde won't allow him to go to prison, knowing he will be executed: If Jekyll dies, so does Hyde.
Jekyll commits suicide by jumping off the roof of the hospital, in order to make sure that Hyde will never hurt anyone ever again. As Jekyll dies, he says "It was for my soul."
The film was released on DVD by Image Entertainment on May 20, 2008.
Critical reception for the film has been negative. Jon Condit from Dread Central awarded the film a score of 2.5 out of 5 stating, "While this latest variation of the Jekyll story isn't likely to win over any enthusiasts of the book, it will probably satisfy the undiscerning fan looking for some blood and a few unintentional laughs". DVD Verdict gave the film a negative review criticizing the film's lack of atmosphere, pacing and the film's ending.