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Hyde's Secret Nightmare
If you want a tag, we could say it's a "porn-horror". However,
Domiziano Cristopharo's films are difficult to catalog, because they go
further, in the most disparate and distant territories. A good example
of how complicated and at 360 degrees is the head of the Roman director
comes from this "Hyde's Secret Nightmare".
The title immediately takes us to one of the many variants on the theme
of Jekyll & Hyde. The starting point is certain this, but
Cristopharo thrown into symbolisms, quotes, social criticism,
eroticism, pornography, irony/satire and much more in two hours of
vision. Many? Yes. Too many? No. Because the rhythm is tight and keeps
the high the attention.
There are some small flaws (audio the most important), perhaps due to a very troubled production.
A series of obscure stories that have delayed the release of this work
for two years, with changes and mysterious characters like a certain
Jesus Carrier Housemann who is the second director.
Problems, however, that have in the end raised the expectation,
curiosity and fame of a Christopharo's work once again bizarre, curious
The dear Joe D'Amato is the one who inspired or better is the person to
whom this work is dedicated, which as mentioned also brings a social
message. Read Hyde's and you say AIDS, that is, the social theme that
is touched above all with scenes in which the actors speak directly to
The central core is an erotic/horror version of Stevenson's novel.
Henry Chagall (played by Claudio Zanelli) is a scientist suffering from
impotence and he tries a formula on corpses of any sex, aided by the
classic deformed servant. However, the substance that he has created
has an unwanted effect and transforms him into a beautiful woman
(Roberta Gemma) hungry for blood and sex. A transformation that can
also be seen as a theme of diversity, as it is understood several times.
In the two hours, the Roman director once again demonstrates his
cleverness and intelligence sometimes pay homage to Bava and Argento,
in colors and atmospheres. The details are as always good, from
photography, to music composed by Kristian Sensini and Alexander Cimini.
The special effects are handmade but very clever, made by Athanasius
Pernath that offer us pennies, vagina, nipples cut, and especially
dreamy moments with the devil and an angel, two simple but superbly
The hard aspect is one of the most important, but Cristopharo manages
to handle the subject carefully, avoiding the trivial porn and entering
an author dimension. It’s not easy if we read the names of
Roberta Gemma (whose beauty hides some interpretative gaps) and
With them, we find several actors of great skill like Venatino Venatini and Alvia Reale.
What is "Hyde's Secret Nightmare" is hard to say, because it may sound
like “Bloody Sin”, another fun stuff of Cristopharo, but it
is also a movie with deep messages and strong scenes. What is certain
is that this is another great movie.