Jekyll’s Elixir, Hyde’s Chaos: Introduction
Day 8 brought us the monster and mind behind Frankenstein and now, Day 9 of 31 Days of Horror Movie Challenge brings us into the haunting world of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This iconic tale, exploring the duality of humanity, has cast its shadow on horror cinema for decades. In our exploration, we dissect the psychological horrors embedded in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), directed by Rouben Mamoulian, where innovative filmmaking techniques and Fredric March’s talent bringing forth the visceral transformation. We will then dive into Mary Reilly (1996), directed by Stephen Frears, offering a unique perspective through the eyes of a servant, delving into the psychological and emotional impacts of witnessing duality. As we navigate this dual narrative, both films contribute distinct explorations of horror, emphasizing the power of the Jekyll and Hyde archetype.