Edge of Sanity

1989

Action / Horror / Thriller

5
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 30%
IMDb Rating 5.3 10 1107

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Anthony Perkins as Dr. Henry Jekyll / Jack 'The Ripper' Hyde
Glynis Barber as Elisabeth Jekyll
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 4 / 10

Not a very good film, but Perkins is electrifying

Here's a sleazy take on the old Jekyll and Hyde story - with all the gratuitous sex and violence you would expect from infamous exploitation producer Harry Alan Towers, and then some! EDGE OF SANITY is an utterly bizarre film; the majority of it takes place in standard period setting, with atmospheric camera-work on the cobbled alleyways at night and authentic buildings. Then it suddenly jumps to the interior of a brothel where we are introduced to characters wearing openly '80s leather fashions and hairstyles and the whole period realism thing comes crashing down.

Plot coherence is the least of this film's qualities. Headling the lead role of the disturbed killer is none other than that old PSYCHO himself, Anthony Perkins, whose maniacal performance is something of an art form in itself. Perkins is bloody convincing as Hyde, achieving his transformation through red-rimmed eyes and white makeup alone, and he's also very scary indeed. It's a tribute to the actor how he could create two so opposing sides of the same character in the same movie, and he throws aside any subtlety from previous performers like Fredric March in favour of in-your-face deformity and madness. Basically, he's riveting, and it's a good thing too when the rest of the film is almost worthless.

There isn't much plot, so to speak of, and the police investigation seems tacked on and pointless. Every supporting actor and actress is wasted in their roles, either becoming stock story figures or, in the case of the women, pure sexuality. The only other actress to have any impact is Glynis Barber as Jekyll's wife, as she manages to give her long-suffering partner a sympathetic angle which makes her likable. But the only person to be really characterised is Perkins.

The murder scenes are quite disturbing to watch, seeing as that they are all very explicit and sexually-driven (not surprisingly, it appears the film was heavily cut here in the UK). There's a lot of fumbling and groping amid the bloody throat-slashings and it's incredible some of the stuff that Perkins does in the film - does this man have no morals? The film is far too arty in places, with lots of closeups of distorted faces along with odd lighting and camera angles which look good but signify nothing, yet Perkins' tour-de-force performance is worth watching alone, and very unsettling with it. Without him EDGE OF SANITY would be worthless, but with him it becomes an interesting - and bizarre - character study of madness and duel personality.

Reviewed by JoeB131 3 / 10

Dr. Jeckyll and Mrs. Bates

The sad thing about Anthony Perkins career is after he did Psycho, he got type cast playing crazy characters. So someone decided that we didn't have nearly enough adaptations of "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" and did one with Anthony playing both roles.

Unfortunately, it has about ten minutes of story and 80 minutes of filler involving Hyde slashing up prostitutes . 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.

It's actually fairly sloppy in its reproduction of 1880's London, with costumes that are anachronistic.

Gotta talk about the transformation... When he's doing the Hyde-caine, Perkins gets some pasty makeup, they give him some red eyeliner and muss up his hair. Again, the guy was a pretty good actor who got typecast into these kind of roles, which is sad.

Reviewed by gavin6942 6 / 10

Anthony Perkins Plays a Crazy man

Henry Jekyll (Anthony Perkins) experiments with cocaine, and the experiments have gotten out of control, transforming him into the hideous Jack Hyde. As Hyde he searches the London streets at night for his prey in whorehouses and opium dens.

Early in the film, we see a blade against an eye. This is a very impressive effect, clearly looking like a real eye and areal blade. (I mean, it is not "Un Chien Andalou", but what is?)

There is one scene with a bath house full of several nude men, one of whom is in a rather suggestive pose. I am surprised this passed the censors. While not sexual, this seemed a bit provocative to me. And what purpose did it serve? Was this just a way of showing the paradoxes and contradictions in Victorian society?

Is this an anti-drug film? I would say no, as it is not remotely a realistic portrayal of cocaine addiction. They could have just as easily invented a new drug for the purposes of the film. And yet, they did not do so -- so why single out cocaine?

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