Hyde has bent a prostitute over the table inspecting her butt and we see her bored face. The sad thing about Anthony Perkins career is after he did Psycho, he got type cast playing crazy characters. When Henry Jekyll's experiments with cocaine have gotten out of control, he transforms into the hideous Jack Hyde. Sarah Maur Thorp is Susannah. I have nothing against the erotic elements or the frequent scenes of nudity- it's just that the film is handled so badly.
Anthony Perkins is up for the task and delivers a solid and very creepy performance in this film. It's worth watching for Anthony Perkins alone, but aside from that, only a few scenes in the brothel brilliantly designed provide any real interesting moments. Probably more in tune with 70's arty euro-porn, than the history of horror films, this is often quite disturbing, and Perkins is at his best. It's one thing that Dr. It shows us a possibility if Jekyll and Hyde were implicated in the crimes of Jack the Ripper. It would be hard to think of any other actor that could have carried this part so well.
Anthony Perkins shines as the star of the show. It's a very sleazy movie and makes no apologies for it which is sort of refreshing. The story is not always cohesive in the way it is told, but it more than makes up for it with stunning cinematography and stunning actresses that have no problem disrobing for this film. Yes, Edge Of Sanity is sinister, twisted, perverse, and trashy. Surprisingly tasteless, graphic, and shocking--especially for an Anthony Perkins movie! It does sound like a good main premise; Combine the Dr.
Hyde story with the London killings done by Jack the Ripper, at the end of the 19th century. Since the Ripper was never caught, this film has perhaps the obvious outcome, but a certain incident which closes the film, involving Jekyll's morally upright wife Glynis Barber , helping a church outreaching to prostitutes and the downtrodden, is rather unsettling. There's lots of that sort of thing: mocking and laughing, a tormented Jekyll unable to be separate from the woman that has continued to torture him, often in the guise of other women, remaining ever-present in the good doctor's fractured psyche. Some of the other characters from the Jekyll Hyde novel are included, but blink and you'd miss them. It also says a lot about how things haven't changed so much in society's decadence in issues of drugs and sex. It also has a lot of creepy atmosphere as well, and the stalking scenes were great, plus the death scenes are very brutal and gory as well!. I've been obsessed with the story of Jack the Ripper since I was a little-kid.
To be honest, I have never seen or read the original story. Surely a delightful for horror fans who enjoy little known horror movies. This film does that, and sometimes even goes-too-far, but it's all-fun here. The other guests are a tad upset by this, but Jekyll rages calmly on. It is unpleasant with graphic stabbings but it's shot on elaborate, beautiful, expressionistic check out Perkins' lab sets. This is one of those flicks that fall into the category of being so bad it's good; so if you can get ahold it, I'd recommend it. This film is pretty tough to find,which is no bad thing.
This is perfectly realized in a party scene, where the topic of freedom is brought up. Those who adored him in Psycho, Pretty Poison, and Crimes Of Passion will find a lot to love about his role in Edge Of Sanity. It gave the film another dimension to it. It is sort of implied that Jeckyll's mysterious formula was some form of cocaine, because, hey, it was the 1980's and Nancy Reagan was all over that. Hyde, Anthony Perkins looks like he would blend in easily at a Sisters Of Mercy or Bauhaus show. Henry Jekyll is a happily married and brilliant medical scientist working on the development of a new and groundbreaking anesthetic.
A lot of imagination went into this production, and it's unfair to say it's an inappropriate film. Die-hard Perkins fans may draw something from this, but for the average movie goer, give it a miss. All the characters are just great, and it's also very sleazy as well, plus Anthony Perkins is simply amazing in this!. Soon the bodies start popping up all over London. Hyde story about a timid sexually repressed doctor who is transformed into a vicious, sleazy killer from time to time slashing the throats of hookers.
Another Hammer trademark carried over, unfortunately, is the dreary dullness of its police procedures. Jack Hyde after a disastrous lab experiment inadvertently creates crack cocaine. Anthony Perkins chews the scenery well, playing his part of Jack Hyde to the hilt. This is a wasted concept, the possibilities for such a story are almost endless, so why is this film bogged down with it's long, boring script? The technical aspects of Edge of Sanity are simply outstanding! Perkins' great performance is mainly because his character is similar to Norman a shy sexually repressed man , which is Anthony Perkins' most recognized performance ever. Gerard Kikoine once a Jess Franco disciple! Barber is excellent as Jekyll's wife.
People took-tinctures of Opium and Hashish as daily-tonics, and even gave Opium to crying-babies so-as-to-quiet-them. We even get the odd humor on occasion. Glynis Barber plays Elisabeth Jekyll. Anthony Perkins is acting below his level here, which is a terrible shame considering his talent. Anthony Perkins tries hard to make his character seem convincing against the poor scripting, and he does a good job because while the film is mostly forgettable, Jack Hyde is a truly memorable character who should have been a classic villain. It feels so empty that a brief synopsis would basically sum up the whole film. The sturdy acting from the capable cast rates as another major asset: Perkins has a histrionic field day in his juicy dual role, Glynnis Barber lends sound support as Jekyll's concerned wife Elisabeth, the fetching Sarah Maur Thorp vamps it up nicely as saucy tart Susannah, and Ben Cole positively oozes as slimy male hustler Johnny.
The other dinner guests' refusal to accept this makes them passive nihilists. Worth seeing if you're not easily offended. Still, lots of lesser lasses gamely bare all for their art. The supporting cast is good, but the visuals and Anthony Perkins performance are what most commands the audience's attention. In Victorian London Anthony Perkins plays shy but brilliant Dr. I guess the filmmakers decided that since Perkins is recognized as the kind of actor known for primarily showing the darker side of man's character, we should spend a great length with a really disturbing individual largely guided by a carnal incident from his childhood.