x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 29 July 2017

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The director John Carl Buechler makes a monkey out of Robert Louis Stevenson's text.

<i>The Strange Case Of Dr Jeckyll And Mr Hyde</i>
The Strange Case Of Dr Jeckyll And Mr Hyde

Tracey Scoggins rose to prominence in the 1980s playing Monica Colby in Dynasty and its spin-off The Colbys. Then she vanished into obscurity, appearing in second rate movies and as bit-parts in American TV shows. On the evidence of her turn as a detective investigating a series of brutal deaths in L.A it's clear that she's been lucky to get any acting jobs at all. Her turn as Detective Utterson may rank as the worst portrayal of a police detective committed to celluloid. Utterson and has refused to carry a gun for six months ever since a firearm exploded in the hands of her former partner, but her personal demons are nada when compared to those suffered by Dr Jekyll. He's played by the 6'5" Tony Todd, who starred in Bernard Rose's adaptation of Clive Barker's Candyman. Jekyll is experimenting on chimps when he decides to inject himself with the serum that turns him into a schizophrenic monster. Hyde walks the streets looking like an extra from Michael Jackson's video Thriller. Todd is rent-an-actor for cheap horror flicks and this horror looks like it's been made on the budget of an American mortgage lender. It's directed by John Carl Buechler, best known, if known at all, as the director of Friday The 13th 7: The New Blood. Buechler's worked on scores of movies but still hasn't worked out how to direct actors, although it has to be said he can drag a good performance out of chimp. Here he makes a monkey out of Robert Louis Stevenson's text.