Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Gruesome Twosome

(1967) ***



“If things go wrong, don’t go with them. That’s what I always say, don’t I Napoleon?” – Homicidal elderly wig vendor speaking to her stuffed cat when she realizes that the cops are on to her.

The great discovery for me this year was depraved director Herschell Gordon Lewis who also helmed the impressive 2000 Maniacs and The Wizard of Gore. You know you’re watching one of his films if you are struck by the combination of excessive gore, intriguing but ridiculous plots and the god-awful acting. Gruesome Twosome isn’t quite as memorable as the above mentioned but if you enjoy those, you’ll like this one too.

Mrs. Pringle runs a boarding house and makes wigs on the side. She lures a young girl to her attic to meet her mentally retarded son Rodney. In the first of several truly revolting scenes, Rodney scalps the girl with a small knife. The girl goes missing and Mrs. Pringle has a lovely new wig to sell. Why the scalping? Why not just drug her and shave her head? I suppose such questions should not be asked.

The college girls are a little worried about the missing girls but dancing on the bed seems to put their mind at ease. One student named Cathy starts a little investigation of her own and wastes a good ten minutes of the movie falsely accusing an old man. (He was burying bones in his yard but it turned out to be for his dog’s birthday party.) Meanwhile Mrs. Pringle (who looks a helluva lot like Mama from Mama’s Family) gives Rodney a lovely new electric knife to play with…

Not for everybody...

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