Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Overlooked Movies -- The Thing with Two Heads

I'm not going to kid you. This is a pretty bad movie, but if you're in the right mood, it'll crack you up. You get Rosie Grier a football player who couldn't act playing a condemned man (he's innocent) and you get Ray Milland as the very rich bigot who get his head attached to Grier's body (don't ask). Milland was at one time a respected and very good actor. During the last three decades of his career, however, he was reduced to taking work in mostly not very good, truly low-budget exploitation films like this one. He's still a pro, and he still does a good job, but he's about the only one.

Not that it matters. Nobody watches movies like this for good acting. You watch for the cheesiness of it all, and this is the pure cheddar. Snappy patter (some of it not bad), action (endless chase scenes), cheap special effects, and incredible plotting. It's all here, and you can't look away. Give it a try and see if you don't believe me.

11 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:37 AM

    "Pretty bad" is actually kind of generous for this turkey, but once you say Ray's head on Rosey's body you know what you're getting so don't ask for your money back. Anyway, how can you resist a true classic like this one?

    Recreational drugs can't hurt, by the way.

    Jeff

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  2. Anonymous6:37 AM

    'see' not 'say'

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  3. A few months ago, a family conversation somehow wound up talking about "The Thing with Two Heads." Our kids were intrigued and, a quick scan of Netflix later, we were watching the movie on instant download (thank you, culture with no need for delayed gratification!). The kids were cracking up-especially at the long, extended, slo-mo chase scenes where somehow every cop car in L.A. can't keep up with the thing with two heads on a mo-ped. But the line that elicited the most guffaws was when Grier's girlfiend opens the door to him and his new head and asks, "Ah, do you have two of anything else?"

    Classic!

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  4. Anonymous7:47 AM

    Yes, that is my all-time favorite line too, Deb. I discovered this in the early '80s when I was reading books like THE FIFTY WORST FILMS OF ALL TIME, THE GOLDEN TURKEY AWARDS, and THE PSYCHOTRONIC ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FILM, classics all.

    Jeff

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  5. And to think there've barely been any two-headed transplant films since.

    I well remember when THE MANSTER popped up on CREATURE DOUBLE-FEATURE...seemed only fitting.

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  6. Anonymous8:27 AM

    There is one more that I've never seen that Deb's kids would probably like: The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant with Bruce Dern as the mad scientist.

    Jeff

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  7. That's my overlooked movie in two weeks. Already scheduled.

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  8. Wow. Now that's just WRONG. But why do I have an overwhelming urge to see it? LOL! bobbi c.

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  9. Off to see if it is available at Blockbuster online!

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  10. I love corrupting the Youth of Our Nation.

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  11. Anonymous9:59 AM

    When is GATOR BAIT scheduled?


    Jeff

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