When one says the words “Hammer Horror” in most company, the talk frequently turns towards the classics. Dracula is almost instantly brought up with Frankenstein and the Mummy quickly following. Names like Cushing and Lee pepper every conversation, and men of a certain age- those ages being anything over the age of ten –will likely start discussing Caroline Munro in rather short order. Thank you ever so much Lamb’s Navy Rum. Ingrid Pitt will also become an intense topic of discussion.
You’ll probably get mentions of things like The Curse of the Werewolf, The Reptile, and The Plague of the Zombies. Maybe you’ll get someone who brings up The Gorgon or even the Quatermass films. But it seems that in large part the casual Hammer horror fan tends to leave a large chunk of Hammer films out of their viewing habits; especially with 1970’s Hammer horror. This needs to change. Despite the long held talking point that many use when discussing 1970’s Hammer horror, they actually put out quite a few films in that decade that were enjoyably entertaining and/or interesting attempts at playing with the genre. Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde is definitely a film that fits both of those categories.