Jekyll & Mistress Hyde
= Highest Rating
to be confused with Hammer's Dr.
Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971), this direct-to-video
feature from New Jersey-based Seduction Cinema
has but one agenda: hot lesbian softcore sex.
The movie certainly delivers on that score,
thankfully without detouring into painfully unfunny
spoof territory. Primarily known for such sex
and nudity-filled sendups as Lord
of the G-Strings and Play-Mate
of the Apes, with Dr.
Jekyll & Mistress Hyde
Seduction tries something in the vein of David
Lynch rather than Airplane!,
with much more satisfying results. Artful pretensions
aside, make no mistake —
this movie is all about sexy women getting naked
and making out with each other, expressly designed
to give hetero male viewers a good stiffy for
their investment. (Does your average lesbian enjoy
such deliberately prurient films as well? I wouldn't
know.) The presence of Seduction Cinema's top
starlet, 23 year-old Misty Mundae —
who can look much younger under the right conditions
— should pretty much
guarantee a wood-sporting reaction.
Leggy blonde Julian Wells (Lust
for Dracula) stars as Dr. Jackie Stevenson,
a psychotherapist and best-selling author specializing
in repression in women. Her pet theory posits
that, rather than good and evil, the female psyche
is divided between the two halves of "pure"
and lustful." The Doc is herself an attractive
gal disguised in dowdy garb and glasses (looking
a bit like NBC News correspondent Ashleigh Banfield);
her own personal desires remain tightly submerged.
Her marriage, to a real asshole of a husband,
is a sexless sham. Perhaps as a means to liberate
herself, Jackie is working on a formula that will
allow women to fully experience the lustful side
of their personalities. (Apparently she's an ace
chemist as well.) For a test subject she hopes
to find a volunteer among her patients.
Troubled young Martine (Mundae in a ridiculous
black wig) would seem the ideal candidate. Frigid
and confused about her sexuality, Martine has
fallen desperately in love with her therapist.
During an emotional office session Jackie injects
her with the formula. She starts to panic when
the girl is suddenly wracked by pain; flailing
about, Martine knocks over a lamp and plunges
the room into darkness. Jackie snaps on a flashlight
only to find Martine lying on the floor, masturbating
with wild abandon. Martine then attacks her, pushing
Jackie down onto her desk and performing oral
sex on her. Swept away, Jackie gives in to the
exquisite waves of pleasure coursing through her
body. But pleasure turns to horror when Martine,
now an out-of-control nymphomaniac, has to be
confined to a psychiatric ward, trussed in a straitjacket.
Compounding her guilt, Jackie now realizes
that Martine's romantic desires towards her are
She decides that the
next test subject will be herself —
she won't risk using the drug on anyone else until
she learns more. Halving the dosage she gave Martine,
Jackie injects herself one night. After a painful
spasm in which she's compelled to rip off her
clothes, the lustful Jackie emerges, immediately
pleasuring herself before a mirror. Next, she
hits the streets in search of companionship. Coming
upon a young streetwalker dressed in a kinky schoolgirl's
uniform, our Woman Under The Influence introduces
herself as "Heidi", the alias of her
supersexed alter ego. The hooker, Dawn (also played
by Mundae), is a doppelgänger of the unfortunate
Martine. The women go to a unfurnished loft where
Dawn performs a sexy striptease to a strange record
she cues up on her Close-'n'-Play. Then "Heidi"
rocks her world. A bizarre relationship develops
between the two, its boundaries pushed further
when they engage in a little light bondage and
a lesbian menage a trois with a blond TV
hostess (Andrea Davis). During this session Heidi
injects her lovers with the special lust potion.
Soon Jackie realizes that the drug is no longer
required to bring out the sex maniac dwelling
within. And Dr. Stevenson has a new patient, a
shy and comely young woman named Dawn...
All this is played remarkably straight,
even when the dialog resorts to stuff like, "I
normally wouldn't do this with a patient, but
obviously you're in need." (What do ya
think that leads to, eh?) The movie only
blows it when Misty's in that awful wig, and during
the the clumsy TV show interviews that bookend
the story. (The inexperienced Davis, as anchorbabe
Ingrid, has a great bod but is a terrible actress.)
As Jackie/Heidi and Martine/Dawn, the two leads
are surprisingly good, especially Mundae, who
even imbues her character(s) with a poignant innocence
when not stripping off her clothes and diving
between her co-star's thighs. She's a very
sexy girl — as the
old Rick James song would say —
with an intriguing "girl-next-door-with-a-really-kinky-secret"
kind of look that has apparently generated a legion
of fans. (She's appeared in no less than 13 films
for Seduction Cinema in the past year alone.)
Quite frankly I couldn't keep my eyes off her...
No silicone, no tattoos —
just young and tender female flesh, au natural.
And yes, the sex scenes are genuinely erotic.
(God, do I sound like a horny old bastard or what?)
Shot open matte on digital video, the film
looks remarkably good, with generally first-rate
cinematography. For a microbudget production there's
a lot of attention paid to visual mood and ambiance.
The women all look their best,
lovingly photographed. I simply wasn't expecting
this kind of quality in a DTV lesbian sex flick.
Some scenes, particularly Mundae's dance and the
lovemaking that follows, reach for a European
sensibility. Perhaps this is the best Jess Franco
film he never made. (Nah... couldn't be. No zoom
Seduction Cinema's DVD edition of Dr.
Jekyll & Mistress Hyde is packaged as
a deluxe two-disc set, limited to a production run
of 20,000 numbered copies. The film and its attendant
bonus features are located on Disc One. As for A/V
specs, the fullframe transfer is practically flawless
looking for DV; the Dolby 2.0 stereo mix isn't anything
spectacular, but for this kind of movie gets the
job done most admirably.
Extras: again, quite a pleasant surprise.
I love trailers (even for DTV movies), so I rate
the inclusion of seventeen such promos a big plus.
They're for films from Seduction Cinema's "Retro"
and "Seduction" brands, with most of them
featuring Misty Mundae in prominent roles. An excellent
means of getting a feel for the company's product,
one can see just how ludicrous
and cheap-looking the more well-known 'spoof' titles
are. I, for one, hope that in the future Seduction
produces more flicks in the semiserious mold of
In addition to the trailers, Disc One also
features a 6 minute interview with Mundae and Julian
Wells. This standard promotional-type piece is rendered
moot by the far more revealing video documentary,
running nearly 80 minutes, which chronicles the
making of the film. Beginning with the limo ride
to the airport and their arrival in Los Angeles,
Mundae, Wells, and co-star Ruby LaRocca (who plays
Jackie's maid in the movie) are followed around
with a camcorder. We see them lounging in their
motel room, touring the Walk of Fame on Hollywood
Boulevard, rehearsing their lines with the director,
and hanging out on set between takes. Even unstructured
as it is, this documentary provides an interesting
behind-the-scenes look at how these low budget features
are made. Fans of Ms. Mundae will doubtless enjoy
seeing her as a 'real' person: smoking (a lot),
bitching (it was very cold on location, particularly
when naked), falling asleep, and even rapping during
The second disc is an audio CD of the movie's
music score. An attempt at Angelo Badalamenti-style
ambiance, it's actually quite listenable and a terrific
bonus feature. Misty's kitschy streaptease tune,
"Something's Come Over You" (see the MP3
link near the top of the left-hand sidebar) is certainly
the most atypical of the tracks.
This disc went OOP in 2008. In September 2010 it
will be reissued as part of the 4-film Bloodlust:
The Erotic Cinema of Tony Marsiglia collection,
albeit without the soundtrack audio CD. Other titles
in the set are Witches of
Sappho Salon, Lust
for Dracula, and Sinful.