Incredible 2-Headed Transplant, The (1971)

“Those experiments — they just mean more to him than I do.”

Synopsis:
The friend (Casey Kasem) of a woman (Pat Priest) recently married to a mentally ill surgeon (Bruce Dern) is distressed to learn that Dern and his assistant (Berry Kroeger) are running secret experiments with animals, grafting two heads onto one body. When a psychopath (Albert Cole) escapes from a mental institution and is killed on their property, Dern and Kroeger use this as an excuse to graft his head onto the body of the slow-witted son (John Bloom) of Dern’s murdered caretaker (Larry Vincent). Can Kasem save the day before too many people are killed by the two-headed monstrosity?

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Review:
The premise of this schlocky sci-fi horror flick is an intriguing if implausible one: what in the world would happen if two heads were suddenly … co-existing on one body? Unfortunately, nothing about this scenario is played for anything but gruesome, cliched shocks. As noted by Graeme Clark in his review for The Spinning Image:

“To call the special effects unconvincing would be an understatement, as they largely consist of the taller actor either wearing an additional plastic head, or — for those tricky closeups — the cackling smaller actor resting his head on the shoulder of the taller.”

Bad-movie fans may get some enjoyment out of hearing Dern mouthing lines such as, “Johnny, this is an axe. It is used for chopping wood, and nothing else.” Also, be on the look-out for the sheer height and double-toned hues of Kasem’s hair-piece; it’s a marvel on its own.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • A ridiculously ludicrous concept

Must See?
Nope; if this is to your liking, you know who you are. Listed as a Camp Classic in the back of Peary’s book.

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One Response to “Incredible 2-Headed Transplant, The (1971)”

  1. A truly terrible little programer of few merits. Perhaps fun as a beer and pizza film / guilty pleasure but certainly not must see even on that score.

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