Monday, August 29, 2011

40 Days of Night(mares) Day 7: A horror movie you think no one has seen

I immediately thought of this selection as soon as the category came up. While not, strictly speaking, a horror movie, it was on the Creature Double Feature program. I remember watching many a craptastically bad yet wonderful movie on Saturday mornings. You know the kind... When you can clearly see the zipper on the monster's costume and rubber suited giants crushed cardboard downtown Tokyo. 
Of all those fantastically bad movies, none is dearer to my heart than The Thing With Two Heads. Billed as THE MOST FANTASTIC MEDICAL EXPERIMENT EVER DARED!, it opens with Ray Milland's racist doctor working on a different kind of transplant. Starring Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier as the not quite willing death row transplant recipient, it becomes a case of "they transplanted a white bigot's head onto a soul brother's body!" The effects are so laughable it becomes a beautiful thing. You can plainly see that Milland is merely standing, stooping over Grier's shoulder wearing clothes made to fit two. It's like they didn't even try, despite the sincere acting efforts of evryone involved, which is surprisingly good. Hijinx ensue when Grier goes on the lam to keep investigating the crime he was sentenced for and prove his innocence.
The fact that Milland and Grier were able to keep straight faces during the shooting stands as testament to their professionalism as actors. The banter betwen the two is often humurous and the plot is absurd, but it's still a joy to watch. I was pleased to find a copy to watch and found myself as delighted as I was at an early age. If you can find it, give it a watch. It's a perfect group viewing movie for the Halloween season.

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