"A classic tale uniquely brought to life"
by Gordon Shelly
On January 31, 2017, INFLUX Magazine will be holding a first look of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," with a new media presentation through INFLUXPalooza! You will be able to view the movie online with access to our member section only! It will be available for viewing on January 31, 2017 from 9:00 PM to Midnight. You may start viewing anytime during those hours!
Oscar Winner Mickey Rooney is featured in his final role.
The 2017 release of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of many films based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of the same name. In fact, there are more than 300 movie interpretations of the novella. However, this version is the only true-to-text adaptation following the text very closely to make fr an entertaining movie and a very teachable piece of film for use in classrooms studying the novel.
The movie is director B. Luciano Barsuglia's fourth feature film, and most certainly his best. While it is a slow moving story, it is meant to be as is the novella itself. It is the story of Gabriel Utterson, a lawyer who is trying to solve the mystery of the relationship between Edward Hyde and Dr. Henry Jekyll.
The common tales of Jekyll and Hyde tell the tale as a horror movie, but the reality is, it is far from that. It is much more
Oscar Recipient Margaret O'Brien in the film.
of a mystery or crime thriller. Utterson is played by actor David Beatty, who plays the role with subtle enthusiasm, showing little expression while actually saying a lot through his actions and mannerisms. Utterson represents the repressed Victorian gentleman of the 19th century.
Over the course of the story, Utterson discovers that his long-time but reclusive friend, Henry Jekyll and has become involved with a shady man named Edward Hyde. The relationship is obviously nefarious but its true origins are unclear to Utterson who decides to unravel the mystery.
Henry Jekyll is played by Shaun Piccinino, whose representation borders on schizophrenic and addict. Hyde is played by Gianni Capaldi, portraying the character as an angry, evil man, just waiting to explode.
Gianni Capaldi (left) as Mr. Hyde and Shaun Piccinino (right) as the tormented Dr. Jekyll.
The movie also boasts two Oscar recipients in Hollywood legends Mickey Rooney and Margaret O'Brien. This was officially the final role for Rooney. Other familiar faces include Vernon Wells of Road Warrior and Commando fame as well as William McNamara (Copycat, Dream a Little Dream).
SPOILER AHEAD: In most movies, Jekyll and Hyde are played by the same actor. However, by using two actors, Barsuglia's plan more closely follows the actual story, where the author, Stevenson, presents the two as uniquely different individuals (both in appearance and personality). If you are truly familiar with the novel, you will see that the two actor method is more effective in conveying the themes of the story.