The Thing With Two Heads
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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!
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.Read more ›
I didn't exactly enjoy watching Ray Milland play a bigot but that is what he is in this movie. Later in life he played the bad guy in a bunch of movies.
Most people criticize former stars for taking on movies such as these after they are no longer big 'A' list stars and call it 'sad' that they are in these movies. I don't agree. They automatically assume they need the money. Sometimes this might be the case, but certainly not always. It's certainly possible that older actors who are no longer leading men just want to act because they are bored and sometimes even enjoy starring in these types of movies. Charlton Heston is a perfect example. He just didn't want to star in biblical epics and such and later in his career he chose to star in less serious science fiction movies because he wanted to. Other actors may choose to be in lesser movies just to get a chance to direct. There are millions of people in Hollywood who would give anything to have a starring role in a movie such as this one. So there is no need to call it 'sad'.
As far as the movie goes....it is better than The 2 Headed Transplant but that's not saying much.
Positives....the makeup is much better and they fake heads look much better than they did in the previous movie. The ;acting is pretty good with the exception of Rosey Grier, which is understandable since he was a football player looking to cash in on his star power and act. The plot is good in the first half of the movie.
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Funny movie. Clearly made before animation was readily available.Published 4 months ago by 70xseven
When AIP was at its peak they were releasing all sorts of movies headed for drive ins and grindhouse theaters across the country. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mark Turner
This is a very entertaining film about a bigot who ends up attached to the body of an African American male. It has plenty of action. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Brooklyn Phantom
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