To celebrate the 60th anniversary the first Hammer Horror films, star Martine Beswick joins us at Curzon Bloomsbury to introduce a new digital restoration of the 1971 Hammer classic, Roy Ward Baker’s Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde.
In a thirty year acting career, Martine was twice a Bond girl (From Russia With Love and Thunderball), starred alongside Klaus Kinski (A Bullet for the General) and appeared in many classic TV series (The Six Million Dollar Man,The Fall Guy and Fantasy Island). Having starred in Hammer’s One Million Years BC and Prehistoric Women, Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde was Martine’s first role in a horror film.
In Victorian London, Professor Jekyll (Bates), an earnest scientist, obsessively works day and night haunted by the fear that one lifetime will not be enough to complete his research. Side-tracked from his objective he becomes consumed with developing an immortality serum. Once convinced his findings are complete, he consumes the potion only to discover that he is to become two as he turns into half Jekyll and half Hyde.
Desperate to cover up his newfound identity he calls her his sister, but things take a turn for the worse when he realises that he needs female hormones if he is to maintain his existence. Before long he is battling with his alter ego Mrs Hyde (Beswick), as a number of young girls begin to go missing in the streets of London...
Sunday 1 October at 3.30pm, Curzon Bloomsbury.
With thanks to StudioCanal and Park Circus.