Edge of Sanity

Overview

This demented fusion of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with the legend of Jack the Ripper marks one of the final roles for Anthony Perkins, and certainly one of the weirdest performances of his career. Perkins plays Dr. Jekyll as more of a dedicated 19th-century man of medicine than an obsessed eccentric -- whose research into a safe form of anaesthetic leads to the accidental discovery of cocaine! Jekyll's inadvertent freebasing of the vapors from a cocaine/ether mixture triggers his transformation into Hyde - a ...
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Overview

This demented fusion of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with the legend of Jack the Ripper marks one of the final roles for Anthony Perkins, and certainly one of the weirdest performances of his career. Perkins plays Dr. Jekyll as more of a dedicated 19th-century man of medicine than an obsessed eccentric -- whose research into a safe form of anaesthetic leads to the accidental discovery of cocaine! Jekyll's inadvertent freebasing of the vapors from a cocaine/ether mixture triggers his transformation into Hyde - a murderer of prostitutes who dubs himself "Jack," thus allowing the convenient transition into the "Jack the Ripper" phase of the plot. This Hungarian production has fairly high production values, but Perkins' over-the-top antics and some glaring anachronisms Jack's streetwalker victims sport accessories that look like Madonna's hand-me-downs make it impossible to take seriously as a horror film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • UPC: 883904129899
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Perkins Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde
Glynis Barber Elisabeth Jekyll
Sarah Maur-Thorp Susannah
David Lodge Underwood
Ben Cole Johnny, the Pimp
Ray Jewers Newcomen
Jill Melford Flora
Lisa Davis Maria
Noel Coleman Egglestone
Briony McRoberts Ann Underwood
Claudia Udy Liza
Ruth Burnett Margo
Carolyn Cortez Maggie
Mark Elliot Lanyon
Basil Hoskins Mr. Bottingham
Harry Landis Coroner
Cathy Murphy Cockney Prostitute
Jill Pearson Mrs. Egglestone
Technical Credits
Gerard Kikoine Director
Tivadar Bertalan Art Director
Fred Carter Art Director
Malcolm Cooke Editor
Jean Charles Dedieu Production Designer
J.P. Felix Screenwriter
Gordon Kaye Makeup
Valerie Lanee Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter A. McRae Producer
Ron Raley Screenwriter
Edward Simons Co-producer
Tony Spratling Cinematographer
Frederic Talgorn Score Composer
Harry Alan Towers Co-producer
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