In the Dr Jekyll role was Ralph Bates, someone that Hammer were trying to craft as their new young star with his appearance as Baron Frankenstein in The Horror of Frankenstein (1970), as well as in Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), Lust for a Vampire (1971) and Fear in the Night (1972). In the Sister Hyde part was Martine Beswick, who had appeared in a number of Hammer films, including One Million Years B.C. (1966) and Prehistoric Women/Slave Girls (1967), as well as two James Bond films. It is amazing how well suited the two of them are together – the likeness is striking. They even look like brother and sister or gender opposites – and without any makeup required either. Both do a superb job of complementing and mimicking the other’s characteristics.
Elsewhere, Director Roy Ward Baker made Quatermass and the Pit/Five Million Years to Earth (1967), Moon Zero Two (1969), The Vampire Lovers (1970), Scars of Dracula (1971), The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) at Hammer; Asylum (1972), ... And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973) and The Vault of Horror (1973) at Amicus; and the post-Amicus The Monster Club (1980).
Brian Clemens’s other scripts are:– The Tell-Tale Heart (1960), Curse of the Voodoo/Curse of Simba (1965), And Soon the Darkness (1970), See No Evil/Blind Terror (1971), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), the Disney ghost story The Watcher in the Woods (1980) and Highlander II: The Quickening (1991). Clemens also wrote and directed Hammer’s Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1972). He has acted as script editor and producer on the tv series’ The Avengers (1962-9), The New Avengers (1976-8), The Professionals (1977-83) and Bugs (1995-8).
REVIEW: Richard Scheib
IMAGE: Marcus Brooks