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Movie Review: The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

A white racist transplant doctor has figured out how to transplant a head onto a new body.  When he encounters an accident and is in danger of dying, his staff desperately try to find a donor body.  They finally snag a volunteer from death row–a black convict.  The catch is that the two heads must live on the body simultaneously for the first month.  When the convict escapes with both heads still attached, the race is on for ownership of his body.

This movie is hilarious, even though I’m sure it doesn’t mean to be.  The effects are bad.  The same car crash scenes are used repeatedly from different angles to show at least ten different car crashes.  The two heads do not look realistic at all, and that is all part of what makes it awesome.

The soundtrack is classic 70s music, that of course wasn’t classic yet at the time.  Watching the cops walk down death row to a disco beat is exactly the type of juxtaposition that makes this movie so funny.

I honestly have no idea what racial statement this movie was trying to make, but I can tell you that everyone is a caricature regardless of their race.  It’s just that kind of over-the-top writing found in B movies.  I would caution anyone reading the description against taking this movie too seriously.  I’m pretty sure it was entirely the result of a “Wouldn’t it be hilarious if a racist was stuck with a black guy? Awesome!”

This is one of those rare instances of a movie so incredibly bad it actually is insanely good.

5 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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