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The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll

Released 1960
Distributor Columbia Pictures

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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About Sam Hamm

Failed cartoonist Sam Hamm turned to screenwriting when he realized he would never be able to draw like Alex Toth. His feature credits include Never Cry Wolf, Batman, Batman Returns, and Monkeybone. Hamm also created the short-lived television series M.A.N.T.I.S. in collaboration with Sam Raimi. Most recently, he has written two episodes of the cable series Masters of Horror for director Joe Dante: Homecoming (for which he won a Best Screenplay award at the Sitges International Film Festival) and The Screwfly Solution.