A takeoff of the classic Jeckyll & Hyde story, Jacqueline Hyde is a full-figured woman unlucky at both work and at getting in the sack gets sacked from her telemarketing job for telling off a caller. She then gets a call informing her that she’s just inherited the home of a grandfather she was oblivious to, who had a hobby of dabbling in alchemy. After getting shut down at a strip bar that night after moving in, Jackie heads back to her grampy’s place and discovers Formula 55, which she soon finds out gives her the ability to morph her body into a hot-to-trot woman. Problem is, the formula also causes her evil side to show up, which leads to murder and rough sex. Bring extra padding.
Writer/director Rolfe Kanefsky has made a name for himself making softcore horror/action flicks in the past (THE EROTIC MISADVENTURES OF THE INVISIBLE MAN, THE CLICK: BALLS OF THUNDER), and this film is no different.
While I find it difficult to call this a real horror movie, it does have some light gore to it, but nothing spectacular. The same goes for the comedic aspects. No, the real purpose of this film is to give Cinemax a run for its money with sex out the wazoo, but even that falls flat. True, Jackie gets it on with guys and one point, transforms into a man to get it on with a woman. Trees aren’t even safe from Ms. Hyde’s libido! Problem is, even though this is the unrated cut of the film and a skin flick, I’d classify this as a hard R rather than NC-17, as there’s no frontal nudity and sex scenes that leave you wondering if the contrast on your TV is broken.
Acting-wise, the film is surprisingly watchable for its purpose. Gabriella Hall (who is also the film's producer) turns in an acceptable performance as Jackie, but needs to lighten up with the moping. Jackie’s alter-ego, played by Blythe Metz, is very good as the psychopathic nympho. Problem is, I found myself rooting for evil Jackie rather than good Jackie, which doesn’t seem to be the Kanefsky’s goal.
Given the budget for the film, Kanefsky has done what he can, but at the end, it feels as though the film is searching for an identity. Trying to be too many things at once, and at the same time not being those, it’s left to the viewer what to make of it.
First up is a full length commentary by director Rolfe Kanefsky, Gabriella Hall and Blythe that covers the origins of the film. Not as in-depth as I’d like, but we get details like character anecdotes and how certain actors came on board, which is nice.
Next up are 20 minutes of deleted scenes, which amount to some more T & A, though one gives a little more background on the grandfather character. A quick making of featurette is next, which amounts to EPK fluff with a smattering of some neat behind-the-scenes footage. Filling out the rest of the supplements are filmographies, a still gallery and a trailer.
While not your typical skin flick, the film stretches itself thin in parts and it shows. Like Jackie and her schizophrenic personality, the film is a hodgepodge of comedy, horror and sex. All of which leave you unsatisfied. Rent it for times when Cinemax is on the fritz.