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Villain Overview

Dr. Henry Jekyll, better known as Mr. Hyde, is a minor antagonist in the 2004 dark fantasy horror action film Van Helsing. He also appeared in the animated prequel film Van Helsing: The London Assignment as the main antagonist and is the first boss in the video game adaptation. Once a scientist, Dr. Jekyll was turned into the monster known as Mr. Hyde, upon a series of experiments and potions he created.

He was portrayed by Shuler Hensley, who stood in as a body double for the CG Mr. Hyde and voiced by Robbie Coltrane in both films, while Dr. Jekyll was portrayed by Stephen Fisher in Van Helsing and voiced by Dwight Schultz in Van Helsing: The London Assignment. In the video game adaptation, he was voiced by Bob Joles.

Biography

Van Helsing: The London Assignment

The origins of this version of Hyde are revealed in the animated prequel called Van Helsing: The London Assignment. Many years before, the young Jekyll had fallen in love with the new queen, Victoria, from afar. In order to be with her, he studied the occult for many years-to the point where he was master to various undead monsters and demons who did his bidding. But by that time, Victoria had grown old and bore several children. Seeking a way to make her young again, Jekyll used his magic to change himself into Hyde and used an occult process in order to steal the youth and beauty from young women, which resulted in their deaths. He would drain their souls into a bottle after cutting them with his weapons, and use them to create a potion that would render her young, beautiful and amnestic. He successfully put Queen Victoria under the illusion that she was a young woman who suffered from the delusion that she was an old woman, and needed his medicine to keep her mentally well-as well as that they were to be married soon. This was done because after taking the potion, Victoria only remembered her life in her twenties.

His string of killings attracted the attention of Van Helsing. After two attempts to kill Mr. Hyde, Van Helsing manages to rescue the Queen and Jekyll fled to France, setting the stage for the final confrontation.

Van Helsing

At the beginning of the film, Van Helsing traveled to Paris hunting Dr. Jekyll. A woman screamed and Mr. Hyde's laugh is heard and the monster hunter discovers the woman's corpse, picking up a smoldering cigar stub. Van Helsing spots a huge shadow climbing up the North Tower of Notre Dame. He then goes to Notre Dame and meets Hyde inside the bell tower. Mr. Hyde tells the hunter he will be hard to digest and Van Helsing apologizes. Van Helsing tells Hyde that he missed him in London, but the huge brute states he didn't and raised his arm showing three bullet holes in it. Helsing calls the huge brute Dr. Jekyll but Hyde interrupts telling the hunter that he is Mr. Hyde now. Van Helsing tells him he is wanted by the Knights of the Holy Order for the murder of 12 men, 6 women, 4 children, 3 goats and a number of poultry. It's possible that the women mentioned were his victims as Jack the Ripper in the animated prequel.

Van Helsing tells Mr. Hyde that the Order has deliberately ordered him to bring Hyde alive in order to extricate his better half but the hunter preferred to just kill him instead but gave Hyde the choice. The monster refused, starting to fight by slapping Van Helsing across the face and slams hard into a wall. Van Helsing started to shoot at Mr. Hyde with his revolvers but misses him and the brute comes charging at the hunter. Van Helsing pulls out circular blades and cuts Hyde across the ribs as he passes by and he howls in pain running straight into the bell. Van Helsing then moved in for the kill with the spinning blades but Hyde grabbed the bell, ripped it off and slammed it over Van Helsing, trapping him inside. Mr. Hyde then heard noises inside the bell and lifted the bell to find Van Helsing gone but the monster hunter was hiding inside and swung a blade cutting Mr. Hyde's left arm off. Enraged, Hyde threw Van Helsing through the tower onto the rooftop. Mister Hyde then picked up Van Helsing by the collar and carried him across the roof and prepared to throw him off after bidding Au Reviour.

Mr. Hyde then threw the hunter off the top of Notre Dame. Van Helsing fired his grapple gun through Hyde's gut which broke his fall and tried to pull him over. Hyde was jerked forward but caught himself on the ledge. Mister Hyde counterattacked and pulled Van Helsing back onto the roof but failed to look where he was going and toppled over the side and swung through the church and shattered the rose window. The transformation formula then started to wear off as Mr. Hyde turned back into a meek old Dr. Jekyll who then died from his fall. The public gathered around Dr. Jekyll's corpse before a police sergeant noticed Van Helsing above and raised an angry fist calling him a murderer. Cardinal Jinette was displeased with Van Helsing for being unable to bring Mr. Hyde back and for shattering the rose window, but Van Helsing insisted that the shattering was Hyde's doing.

Powers and Abilities

  • Superhuman Strength: Hyde's enhanced size and musculature made him very strong. He can lift up a large heavy bell over his head. He could single-handedly lift a grown man off the ground and hurl him across a room.
  • Superhuman Speed: He can move very fast for his weight.
  • Superhuman Endurance and Stamina: He can endure some attacks from Van Helsing and after his limbs got cut off he was still able to fight on. His stamina is very high as he could fight for a prolonged period of time.
  • Intelligence and Communication: Even when he becomes the monster he was able to speak very well and kept his intelligence.

Weaknesses

  • Formula limit: Like the original story, the formula's effect is not permanent and Hyde will eventually revert back to Jekyll.
  • Insanity: Hyde's mind is mentally unstable and causes him to perform clumsy actions such as running headfirst into one of Notre Dame's bells and running off the tower's edge because he wasn't looking where he was going.

Trivia

  • Shuler Hensley stood in for fight scenes between him and Van Helsing. Shuler wore a cardboard cutout with Mr. Hyde's face on top of his head so Hugh Jackman could have a point of reference when looking at his face.
  • Unlike most adaptations of Mr. Hyde in the media, this version is more faithful to the original novella, in the sense that Mr. Hyde is just an alias Jekyll uses to act out his evil plans, as opposed to a split personality taking him over.
  • Mr. Hyde is modeled after the late French professional wrestler André René Roussimouf, famously known as André the Giant.

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