The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (1981)

Not Rated   |    |  Horror, Sci-Fi

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In 19th century London, a sex maniac sneaks into the engagement party of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Miss Fanny Osbourne, turning the event into a nightmarish whirlpool of murder and debauchery.


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Walerian Borowczyk


Walerian Borowczyk (screenplay), Robert Louis Stevenson (novel)


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31 December 2003 | Sanguinaire
Artistic horror
This film is, as the other reviewers said, rather like watching a dream. It is interesting to note the subtle changes this film makes on the usual Jekyll/Hyde movie formula: Udo Kier's Dr. Jekyll is not really a benefactor of humanity, but a man who revels in being able to commit horrendous crimes in the guise of his alter ego - actually moving the story closer to R. L. Stevenson's original idea. He preaches a philosophy of going beyond good and evil through science.

Likewise, Hyde commits actually repellent crimes of rape, child abuse, and sadism - making him closer to the idea of "unchained evil" than the more genteel transgressions of other movie Hydes.

Overall - a memorable, beautiful, shocking, film. Well worth seeing.

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As an engagement gift, Dr Jekyll & Miss Osbourne are given a painting of "A Woman in Blue Reading a Letter" by Vermeer.


General: Misfortune follows misfortune. Madame, I have murdered your chauffeur. My humblest apologies.

Alternate Versions

The uncut version of this film is very hard to find, a Japanese laser disc was intact but optically censored. The longest version occasionally turns up from American public domain companies and are usually compiled from several different releases. The British censor seems to have taken offense to all the scenes involving Mr Hyde's ridiculously fake 35cm 'organ' and any reference to it. In the UK there are several video releases going around all of which have suffered these cuts:

  • Several shots of Mr Hyde beating a little girl to death are missing.
  • The scene between Mr Hyde and the General's daughter is missing several organ shots.
  • A brief shot of Hyde's organ is missing during his attack on Jekyll's male guest.
  • A whole scene showing the doctors examining the dancer's dead body is missing.
  • The General whipping his daughter is greatly reduced.
  • A scene where the doctors discover the male guest's body is cut to avoid references to the dreaded organ.
  • The climax where Mr. Hyde and his "wife" Fanny burn down the house is missing two incredibly graphic shots of dead bodies.
  • Finally the scene where Fanny murders her mother has been shortened.
  • Officially the British censors only cut 44 seconds from the film, but clearly a lot more than that is currently missing, indicating that the distributors choose to cut it beforehand.


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Horror | Sci-Fi

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