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Trailers from Hell: Sam Hamm on Hammer's 'Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood December 7, 2012 at 10:48AM

Jekyll and Hyde Week concludes at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Sam Hamm introducing Hammer's "The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll," notorious in its day as "the movie where Jekyll becomes Hyde by turning his back and -- quick! -- pulling his beard off."
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"The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll"
"The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll"

Jekyll and Hyde Week concludes at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Sam Hamm introducing Hammer's "The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll," notorious in its day as "the movie where Jekyll becomes Hyde by turning his back and -- quick! -- pulling his beard off."

Notorious in its day as the movie where Jekyll becomes Hyde by turning his back and -quick!- pulling his beard off, this is actually one of Hammer's more interesting literary adaptations. Coproducer Columbia Pictures passed on it for US release and it went out in a cut version via AIP under the titles Jekyll's Inferno and House of Fright. It's since been restored and is out on DVD from Sony.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.