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Halloween 2015 Countdown: 1976 Blaxplotiation Horror Movie ‘Dr. Black & Mr. Hyde’

Halloween 2015 Countdown: 1976 Blaxplotiation Horror Movie ‘Dr. Black & Mr. Hyde’

“THE
FEAR OF THE YEAR IS HERE”… or so said the movie’s poster tagline.

Well, if not the fear, for sure, the laugh
riot of the year.

Bernie Casey stars in the 1976 blaxploitation horror nowhere-near-a-classic “Dr. Black & Mr. Hyde,” which, as you
can surmise, was an all black version of Robert
Louis Stevenson’s 1896 classic horror novella about a doctor who, through drug experimentation on himself, develops the split personally of Mr. Hyde, a psychotic murderer who terrorizes
London.

The film, as you
can guess, is set in “da hood,” with a climax that takes place at the Watt Towers in Los Angeles; and being an “urban” take on the story, it means that the film is a lot more violent that previous versions.

It  was directed by African-American director William Crain, who, just a few years earlier, directed “Blacula” with William Marshall. However I’ve always
been uncertain as to whether Crain tackles the story with a tongue-in-cheek approach, or if he was dead serious.

For sure, whoever cut the trailer for the film knew what
was going on. Just listen to the Rudy Ray
“Dolomite” Moore inspired narration, and it’s obvious they thought it was done
for laughs.

And if the trailer intrigues you, you’re in luck. The film is available in a 35th anniversary special edition DVD from VCI
Entertainment.

But the film again proves what I’ve said several
times – that the 1970s were the greatest period for cinema.

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