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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Thing With Two Heads (1972)

The Thing With Two Heads falls into the "it's so bad it's good" category.  It stars football player turned actor Rosie Greer as a convicted killer who gets the head of a brilliant but racist doctor transplanted onto his body.  The special effects are horrible as Greer runs around with a dummy head on his shoulder.  This is interspersed with scenes where the good doctor is obviously standing in back of him with a towel wrapped around both of their necks.  Puh-lease!
Where this film transcends itself is its dealing with attitudes toward race which it tries to creatively dismantle.  For the most part, it works and this makes the film worth watching.  There's nothing like the head of a white racist transplanted on a black man's body.  The dialog is very tongue-in-cheek at times and it leaves you with the feeling that the filmmakers are in on the joke.
So, this isn't really a horror film but could be labeled as a sci-fi comedy adventure.  There is nothing ominous about The Thing With Two Heads.  He's simply a two headed man on the lam doing his best Dukes of Hazzard chase scenes.  If that appeals to you then you just might enjoy this terrible slice of cinematic heaven.
RATING: Bad.  [As in "it's so bad it's good"]
For more info check out the episode's entry in IMDB.

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