Jekyll & Hyde goes pop

Hey guys,

Having just finished an essay on Robert Louis Stevenson’s work ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde’, I thought it would be fun to have a look at the story and also to have a look at how it has been translated to other parts of pop culture over the years.

If any of you haven’t read it or somehow have missed the countless references everywhere, here’s a quick guide; Dr. Jekyll, a scientist, creates a potion that turns him into a maniac monster, Mr. Hyde, when he drinks it. He wrecks havoc around London before killing himself. That’s it in a nutshell. It became massively popular at the time and the story has been adapted to more than 123 film versions!

This trope has been used time and time again over the years in both t.v. and film and here are some of the best:

  • “Hare Remover”, 1946 (Warner Bros) starring Bugs Bunny
  • I, Monster, 1971, starring Christopher Lee
  • The Song “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by The Who, released in 1968
  • A song by the same title by Men at Work, released in 1982
  • J. R. R. Tolkein’s character of Gollum in  the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy
  • Appearances are made by both Jekyll and Hyde in Alan Moore’s comic  “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman”.

Of course, there are a lot more instances, I’ve just listed some of my favourites here. Do you think there are some other note worthy references that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you back here next week!

 

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