Mary Reilly

We hate to admit it, but we're old enough to remember a time when horror movies were fun: sexy vampires, howling monsters of the id, cackling mad doctors gloating over bubbling potions, that sort of thing. Be warned, however: This Jekyll and Hyde pastiche -- told from the point of view of the mousy housemaid who loves Jekyll and secretly lusts for Hyde...read more

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We hate to admit it, but we're old enough to remember a time when horror movies were fun: sexy vampires, howling monsters of the id, cackling mad doctors gloating over bubbling potions, that sort of thing. Be warned, however: This Jekyll and Hyde pastiche -- told

from the point of view of the mousy housemaid who loves Jekyll and secretly lusts for Hyde -- is a complex psychological tale of terror, or a revisionist Gothic romance, or, at any rate, something serious. So if it were fun it would be a positive betrayal of intent. Relentlessly gray and paralyzed

by narrative inertia, it collapses under the weight of its stars. John Malkovich plays Mr. Hyde as a sort of satanic fop, suggestively stroking his luxuriant wig, and doesn't seem willing to bother himself to play Dr. Jekyll at all. Julia Roberts shuffles through the film looking like a skinned

rabbit, all staring eyes and fleshless lips. When a film's only lively moments come courtesy of a vulgar madam, who appears to be a drag queen until you realize it's Glenn Close, something has gone very wrong in the lab.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: R
  • Review: We hate to admit it, but we're old enough to remember a time when horror movies were fun: sexy vampires, howling monsters of the id, cackling mad doctors gloating over bubbling potions, that sort of thing. Be warned, however: This Jekyll and Hyde pastiche… (more)

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