The Thing with Two Heads – USA, 1972 – reviews

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‘They transplanted a white bigot’s head onto a soul brother’s body!

The Thing with Two Heads is a 1972 science fiction comedy horror feature film directed by Lee Frost from a screenplay written by Wes Bishop. The Saber Productions movie stars Rosey Grier, Ray Milland and Don Marshall. Frost and Bishop also had minor roles. Some early visual effects work from Rick Baker is featured and he also plays a two-headed gorilla.

Plot:

Doctor Maxwell Kirshner (Ray Milland) is a dying, wealthy bigot who demands that his head be transplanted onto a healthy body. As his health rapidly deteriorates, there remains only one alternative: graft Kirshner’s head onto the body of a black death row inmate, Jack Moss (Rosey Grier)…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The comedy is dark and nasty, but actually pretty effective. Milland is suitably sour and nasty […] Grier is lethargic and wooden, but the rest of the cast is right on the money.” Digitally Obsessed

“It was a great concept that could have led to some hilarious moments if the filmmakers involved were more capable. It was a strange movie that was trying to mix two or three genres and not doing any of them well.” Horror News

“In addition to the weird relationship that develops between our two leads as they share a single body (the source of pretty much all of the film’s comedy) we also get some decent action […] This was a low budget picture to be sure but the producers got their money’s worth and the film holds up really well.” Rock! Shock! Pop!

” …somehow overcomes its inherent stupidity with some zippy direction and Baker’s excellent makeup jobs. Best of all is the rapport between Milland and Grier. The two make this inane material work with an unusual comic chemistry that really fits.” TV Guide

Cast and characters:

  • Ray Milland … Maxwell Kirshner
  • Roosevelt Grier … Jack Moss (as ‘Rosey’ Grier)
  • Don Marshall … Doctor Fred Williams
  • Roger Perry … Doctor Philip Desmond
  • Chelsea Brown … Lila
  • Kathrine Baumann … Patricia (as Kathy Baumann)
  • John Dullaghan … Thomas
  • John Bliss … Donald
  • Bruce Kimball … Police Lieutenant
  • Jane Kellem … Miss Mullen
  • Lee Frost … Sergeant Hacker
  • Wes Bishop … Doctor Smith
  • Roger Gentry … Police Sergeant
  • Britt Nilsson … Nurse
  • Rick Baker … Two-headed gorilla

Release:

In the USA, The Thing with Two Heads was released by American International Pictures (AIP).

Image credits: Wrong Side of the Art!

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