Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Edge of Sanity (1989)

Director: Gerard Kikoine

Writers: J.P. Felix, Ron Raley, Edward Simons, Robert Louis Stevenson

Composer: Frederic Talgorn

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Glynis Barbar, Sarah Maur Thorp, David Lodge, Ben Cole, Ray Jewers, Jill Melford, Lisa Davis

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Beware the beast within!

Plot: When Henry Jekyll's experiments with cocaine have gotten out of control, he transforms into the hideous Jack Hyde. As Hyde he searches the London streets at night for his prey in whorehouses and opium dens. The police can't catch him, he has nothing to lose but his mind.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

What a great opportunity that just misses the mark.  It's not all that bad.  Perkins is a great choice for the lead role but he's sometimes over doing it.  To make it worse the crooked, tilted camera angles, colored lighting and makeup on Perkins takes his performance even further, and more campy than it needs to be.  It would have been great if they had taken this more seriously than go for the camp horror.  I REALLY dig Anthony Perkins and I was really excited to see this...until I saw it.  Now I'm just disappointed. Nice ending, though.

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