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OLIVER REED & SUNNY JOHNSON IN 'DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE'

Oliver Reed in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE Year: 1980 Rating: **1/2

What's considered one of Cannon Pictures and Oliver Reed's worst movies has ironical casting since Reed, back in his Hammer beginnings, appeared as a pimp-bouncer in their own Dr. Jekyll adaptation...

And in the satirical DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE, as a ghoulish-looking yet sweet-natured podiatrist, he alters into the dashing counterpart, an overweight Reed, not all that mainstream-handsome but fitfully formidable, as the best scenes are of the body count nature killing loose women he dates yet still can't score with...

Sunny Johnson and Oliver Reed in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE

All the while in love with the film's best attribute in future FLASHDANCE sidekick Sunny Johnson, who seems to like even the ugly side of the friendly doctor, and, had this role been expanded in-between what needed more random murders around her, HYPE could've harbored a cooler barrage of deliberately campy, ultra-violent fun...

Unfortunately too much time's spent on the scientific side of things with Reed's horrendously unfunny fellow doctors and a few trailing cops during hard-to-see 11th hour night-shots, punctuating the super low budget that actually looks pretty decent in the daylight, when Reed's double-performance is more visibly sympathetic and involving. 

Sunny Johnson in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE
Sunny Johnson in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE
Sunny Johnson in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE
Sunny Johnson in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE
Oliver Reed in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE
Sunny Johnson in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE
Oliver Reed in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE
Sunny Johnson in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE
Oliver Reed in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE
Oliver Reed in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE
Sunny Johnson in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE
Oliver Reed in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE
Oliver Reed in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE
Oliver Reed in Hammer's The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll with Joy Webster
Oliver Reed in DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE

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