Dr. Black & Mr. Hyde

or so says the movie poster tag line
for the film.

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

No, that’s not Michael
Ealy in
the photo (Sorry I couldn’t resist
that. It just came to
me), but Bernie Casey 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
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

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.

The film 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 he 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 an exclusive 35th anniversary special edition DVD from VCI
– although you should hurry because Amazon says they only have 3 left in stock!

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