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Reefer Madness is all well and good, but nothing will turn your dope-infused teenager into a teetotaler faster than Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a silent film from 1920 with John Barrymore (Drew Barrymore’s grandfather) in the lead role.

Dr. Jekyll is an idealistic, annoyingly earnest, do-gooder doctor. Ambition is his middle name, until a conversation with his lady’s father inspires him to explore the darkest depths of his soul by way of Science, by which I mean drugs. Jekyll does some brewing and concocting in that delectable, mad scientist style, and here’s what happens:

Cue the downward spiral. The opium dens. The intervention and trip to rehab that inevitably fails. Turning from someone at the top of your game to someone too doped-up to star in a Lifetime made-for-teevee movie without appearing in a tabloid or three.

Well, more or less. I can tell you this much, friends. Out of the silent horror movies I’ve seen so far (Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Phantom of the Opera), this one gave me the most severe case of the willies. I think it was a combination of the self-destruction subject matter, Barrymore’s excellent performance as a tortured dope-fiend, and the evolving shape of Hyde’s head (By the end of the movie, it’s shaped like a giant cone covered in spidery hair). In fact, speaking of spiders, check out this body-snatcher still!

Yes, that is a spider with the face of Hyde, about to jump into a drug-addled Jekyll. Be still, my crawling skin!

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, 1920
Directed by: John S. Robertson
Starring: John Barrymore and some other people who don’t matter cause they aren’t as righteous as Barrymore

The Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde mix contains:

1. It’s De-Lovely / Shep Fields & His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra
2. Independence Day, Elliott Smith
3. Trouble in Mind / Jeff Beck
4. Blue Hawaiian / Pavement
5. I Bleed, The Pixies
6. Bodysnatchers / Radiohead
7. The Olde Headboard, Rasputina
8.  After Dark Blues / Billy Wright
9. Psycho Killer / The Talking Heads
10. Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Tears for Fears
11.  Dragon Queen / Yeah Yeah Yeahs
12. Twist Lackawanna / Jr. Walker & the All Stars
13. Running Up That Hill (a Deal with God), Kate Bush
14. Down Bound Train, Ken Colyer Skiffle Group
15. Head First / Andre Williams
16. Nhurng Dom Mat Hoa Chau (Fireballs), Bang Chan
17. Broken Train, Beck
18. Moon Beeps / Intelligence
19. No Rest for the Worried, Clarence Williams
20. Change, Gonjasufi
21. Super Bad (parts 1 & 2) / James Brown
22. Tongues of Fire, Movie Star Junkies
23. My Tornado / The Raveonettes
24. Once Upon Your Smile, Richard & the Young Lions

Stream mix here or watch part of it on youtube.


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