The Thing With Two Heads (1972)

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The Thing With Two Heads (1972)

Post  BoG on Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:58 pm


Directed by LEE FROST  Arrow  This has been released on DVD, both as a single feature in 2001, and as a double feature with its slightly elder cousin The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant (1971).
This one is pretty bad. Even the 2-headed gorilla in the early scenes (played by Rick Baker, who went on to King Kong '76) struck me as quite bargain basement, and the scenes of the escaped ape running through a posh neighborhood scream Z picture. Milland is amusing as a wheelchair-bound genius surgeon who is also a blatant bigot. He's always refering to 'your kind' when putting down the black characters and even some of them kind of roll their eyes at his over-the-top emoting - the stuffy elitist stuck in a blaxploitation-slash-horror stew.
The title is actually pretty good: The Thing With Two Heads suggests some horrific proceedings, like maybe the two-headed guy going on some crazed killing spree. But none of that happens. Grier plays a guy on death row who takes a chance on this new radical procedure, all kept hush-hush until success is assured. Grier is actually innocent and is mostly amiable, but obviously a big dude (12 years at pro football with the NY Giants & L.A. Rams). He manages to escape after the operation and there follows a protracted chase after he acquires a motorcycle. Half the police dept.'s vehicles crash at one point or another during & after a motorbike race. This just seems to go on forever.

Ed Naha in his HORRORS FROM SCREEN TO SCREAM summed it up best: "Priceless dialogue along the lines of Mad magazine follows." BoG's Score: 3.5 out of 10

Besides the aforementioned 2-Headed Transplant movie mentioned above, there was also The Manster movie from the late fifties, about a 2-headed creep; I have to revisit that one as it's been many years since I've seen it. 2 More Trivia: that is famed bad guy-in-movies William Smith in cameo as one of the prisoners on death row; btw, Grier wrestled Sirhan Sirhan to the ground after the assassin shot Robert Kennedy in 1968.
Star Trek TOS actor alert - the two co-stars, Don Marshall & Roger Perry, both guest-starred on original Star Trek episodes a few years earlier, Marshall in "The Galileo Seven" and Perry in "Tomorrow is Yesterday" - though both had much shorter hair back then...

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