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December 14, 2011

Slash-Mess Day 11: Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976)


On the 11th Day of Slash-Mess my true love gave to me: one terrible blaxploitation movie.

Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde stars veteran actor Bernie Casey. Casey has a long history in both A and B films having appeared in: Black Gun (1972) w/ "Big" Jim Brown, The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) w/David Bowie, Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, Never Say Never Again (1983), Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) and the first three Revenge of the Nerds movies.

In the middle of all these movies came the little known blaxploitation film: Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976) tag-lined: Super-strong, supernatural and Super BAD this movie oozes the cliches that were once the mainstay of all-black features up until this exact period - the mid-70's.

Dr. Henry Pride is a scientist developing a secret formula to regenerate dying liver cells. To his shock, the experimental formula has the unfortunate side-effect of turning him into an Albino Vampire with a thang for killing prostitutes by body-slamming them. And why wouldn't it really?

Today, Mr. Bernie Casey is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the internationally recognized Savannah College of Art and Design (S.C.A.D.) in Georgia where he mentors new artists and filmmakers.

References:
IMDB, Bernie Casey
Wikipedia, Dr. Black And Mr. Hyde

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