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The Thing With Two Heads (1972)

Roosevelt Grier , Ray Milland , Lee Frost  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roosevelt Grier, Ray Milland, Don Marshall, Roger Perry, Chelsea Brown
  • Directors: Lee Frost
  • Writers: Lee Frost, Wes Bishop, James Gordon White
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AUK3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,656 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Thing With Two Heads" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The successful transplant of the head of a sadistic murderer to the body of a mentally handicapped farmhand creates a two-headed monster which escapes and leaves a trail of death and terror.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Do you have two of anything else?" April 23, 2004
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Have you ever wondered how cool it would be to have a second head grafted on your body, right next to yours? I have, and so has Hollywood, the land of candy cane dreams and pennywhistle fantasies. Now I know some will say, 'Why do we need another two headed freak type movie? We've already got two entries in the `two-headed man' genre with The Manster (1962) and The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant (1971).' And I might agree, if not for the fact that neither of those two films really deals with the social ramifications that the AIP release of The Thing with Two Heads (1972) touches on, specifically what happens when you graft the head of a white bigot's head on a soul brother's body, the consequences being pure cinematic gold (well, okay, maybe not, but it's sure fun to watch).
The Thing with Two Heads was directed by Lee Frost, who also gave us such lurid exploitation pictures as The House on Bare Mountain (1962), The Defilers (1965), and Policewomen (1974) and stars Oscar winning actor Ray Milland (no, he didn't win the award for this film, but for the 1945 film The Lost Weekend) and former L.A. Rams football player Roosevelt `Rosey' Grier. With respect to Milland, it certainly is interesting, even a bit sad, to see a once great star wallow uncomfortably in number of trashy 70's B pics like this or Frogs (1972), just to name a few.
As the film starts, we are introduced to Dr. Maxwell Kirshner (Milland), a highly successful surgeon who runs a number of clinics specializing in human transplants. We also learn that Maxwell is terminally ill, and is conducting a secret experiment in his basement, one designed specifically in mind with the possibility of saving his life. If you guess it has something to do with transplanting his head onto another body, you'd be right.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's cheddar time! January 8, 2002
In the mood for something cheesy, I hit the local video rental place in search of an entertainingly-bad cult b-flick. 'The Thing With Two Heads' DVD had just recently hit the shelves, so I decided to take a gamble on it. I'd never seen it before, and until now it was almost impossible to find on video. Fortunately, I was in for a treat- it is indeed as silly and corny as I'd hoped it'd be!
A weird mix of horror, medical drama, blaxploitation, sci-fi, and chase/suspense, 'The Thing...' can't quite figure out exactly what it wants to be. Never the less, this little confusion is what adds to the movie's cheesy charm. Then of course there's the not-so-special effects: check out the scenes with the two-headed gorilla and our double-noggined marquee man as he (they?) outrun the cops on a dirt bike!
Grier & Ray Milland's on-screen chemistry worked about as well as oil & water, which would be an absolute disaster were this a good flick. But here, it's practically a necessity! Also, if you wanna experience the most incompetent police force since the Keystone Kops & the trashing of more fuzz cars than you'd see in an entire season of 'The Dukes of Hazzard', then the climactic chase scene through a grassy Southern California valley will surely make your day!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie ever April 23, 2001
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I just saw this movie on late night cable and I must say it's the best movie I've ever seen. Watch closely during the car chase and you will see they used the same crash scene for half of the accidents. They must have had no more than 4 cars during that scene, but they made it look like 20... And the movie ruled, can't wait for the DVD! And you can't beat the price
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, but still worth a look December 19, 2002
This film's starting point is bizarre enough to draw in cinephiles with a liking for cult films: Max Kirshner (Milland), a brilliant but racist transplant surgeon, defies death by having his head transplanted in the body of Jack Moss (Grier), a black convict who donates his body to science while hoping to prove his innocence during the 30-day `life-extension' he's being given; to say that Kirscher didn't expect his head to be united with a black man's body is an understatement. Although more has been written about the scenes involving `the thing with two heads' than about the rest of the film, the first half is clearly the strongest: scenes that involve Kirshner being dragged in his basement or meeting with various colleagues especially come to mind. After the operation has taken place, the film predictably shifts its attention to the Kirshner-Moss relationship. It is initially intriguing, and the final ten minutes are almost as effective as the first half, but repetitions are numerous until the film gets there (a far too long chase sequence is mainly at fault). The interaction between Kirshner, Moss and Williams, a black doctor played by Don Marshall, is quite interesting, though: the first two blackmail the latter, both for different reasons, and Williams finds himself in the middle of options which could all benefit him in one way or another. In spite of the movie's shortcomings, this good DVD transfer of a rare film should be seen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must to see it to believe it May 25, 2011
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Want a good laugh...share this movie with friends & watch everyone's's such a stupid movie that you can't help but to love it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE!! February 9, 2011
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This is another B-Movie at it's finest. Sure it is stupid, but that's what makes it a classic.
And talk about segregation. WOW!!!! And it makes you wonder if the Dukes of Hazard got their
chase scenes from this movie? Everyone that loves B-Movies needs to own this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is so horrible that it's hilarious
This movie is so horrible that it's hilarious. Rosey Grier looks like he's in a daze, and Ray Milland is just hilarously stupid. This is a totally rotten movie. I recommend it!
Published 22 days ago by Colorado Bootman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite nutty movies from the 70's
Published 23 days ago by Mlou
5.0 out of 5 stars great popcorn movie
I originally saw this movie on one of those late night monster movie programs back in the early 80's. I always loved how rediculous it was. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bjorn218
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful fun!
I give this movie five stars because it is as funny if not funnier after the umpteenth viewing as it was the first time through. Read more
Published on October 5, 2012 by Kathryn Tsai
5.0 out of 5 stars My review of the thing with two heads.
The thing with two heads is a classic horror b-movie.I would give this movie 5 stars because it does what it sets out to do and that is to make you laugh. Read more
Published on February 4, 2011 by jason bernard
1.0 out of 5 stars Rick Baker's work is a joke
The man has no talent. To make a movie where he works on creating afake head so two actors can make fools of themselves, is a sign of no talent and utter cheapness. Read more
Published on August 21, 2008 by D.W. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Should be on AFI's Top 100 Comedies List
This was one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. The first time I saw it was with my wife 20 years ago, and I thought we would both pass out from laughing so hard. Read more
Published on October 16, 2007 by Buster49
2.0 out of 5 stars You know going in....
that this isn't gonna be a cinema classic. But it isn't even bad enough to qualify for a fun-for-the-wrong-reasons flick. Read more
Published on February 1, 2006 by nom-de-nick
3.0 out of 5 stars BODY AND SOUL
The MGM Midnite Movies serie allows us to discover or rediscover a certain category of films one usually doesn't find in stores nor watch on television during decent hours. Read more
Published on February 20, 2003 by Daniel S.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best bad movie of all time?
I've seen lots of old B movies,for unitended comedy this movie is the king.You really get the feeling That Max (Ray Milland) genuinely hates Jack (Rosey Grier)Ray Milland plays a... Read more
Published on December 20, 2002 by Troy Tison
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