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The Thing With Two Heads

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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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  • Actors: Roosevelt Grier, Ray Milland, Don Marshall, Roger Perry, Chelsea Brown
  • Directors: Lee Frost
  • Writers: Lee Frost, Wes Bishop, James Gordon White
  • Producers: Wes Bishop, John Lawrence
  • 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: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AUK3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,488 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Thing With Two Heads" on IMDb

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Zagnorch on January 8, 2002
Format: DVD
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 5, 2015
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Schlock movie godsend, Ray Milland (X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES, FROGS, THE ATTIC, THE SEA SERPENT) stars as pompous, bigoted Dr. Max Kirshner, transplant expert, extraordinaire. Max' s aging, physical frame is giving out on him, so he seeks a replacement body for his ancient head. Enter NFL legend, Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier as convicted murderer, Jack Moss. Yep, THE THING WITH TWO HEADS is stitched together, w/ Moss's massive, african-american body carrying around the dual domes! This is made possible through the magic of alternating dummy heads for long shots, and Milland standing behind Grier, w/ his face over Rosey's shoulder, for closeups. The result is pure gold! TTWTH must have been one fun movie to make! This 70s gem contains the interminably loonnng, THING-WITH-TWO-HEADS-MOTORCYCLE-RAMPAGE sequence, where an entire police force is relieved of their wrecked cruisers! It also features the MAN-IN-A-GO-RILLA-SUIT-WITH-TWO-HEADS-LABORATORY-TIRADE scene as well! All this and a race relations subtext too! Co-stars Roger Perry (COUNT YORGA: VAMPIRE, THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA) as Dr. Philip Desmond. For god's sake, what are you waiting for?!...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2002
Format: DVD
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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