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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant (1971)

What do you get when you cross a homicidal maniac with a boy that's not quite right?  The Incredible Two Headed Transplant, of course.  Veteran actor Bruce Dern stars as Dr. Roger Girard, an eccentric [mad?] scientist who is conducting experiments in head transplantation.  Specifically, his early experiments involve grafting two heads onto one animal body. [Just go with it!  Trying to apply logic to this picture is a futile effort.]  Through a twist of fate, the good doctor has the opportunity to expand his experiments and try the process on a human being.  The result is supposed to be horrifying but is actually unintentionally funny.  Dead bodies may begin piling up on screen but the viewer can't help but chuckle instead of cringe with horror.
The acting for the most part is actually good.  In addition to Dern's solid performance, Casey Casem [American Top 40 in the 80's] joins the cast.  I never knew he could act but he does a decent job here.  After looking at his bio on IMDB I also discovered that he was the voice of Shaggy from Scooby Doo which was my favorite cartoon growing up.  But I digress. 
Good acting cannot save a weak plot and a terrible not-so-special effect.  With a little tweaking this could have been a fairly decent Frankenstein story told from a modern perspective.  However, The Incredible Two Headed Transplant doesn't rise to this great of a height and comes up short in the end.  The movie is not absolutely dreadful but not really good either.  If you dare, the video can be viewed directly on the IMDB site or Hulu.com.  In both cases you have to register to view the film since it is intended for "mature" audiences.  For the life of me, I don't know why.  It seems pretty tame to me.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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