After shooting an escaped convict who has kidnapped his wife, scientist Dr. Roger Gerard (Bruce Dern, Nebraska, The Hateful Eight) decides to try his ultimate experiment--transplanting the head of the madman onto the body of a retarded helper. The result is a two-headed killing machine.
This 1971 film is a combination of the sci-fi schlock of the 1950s and the drive in/grindhouse madness of the 1970s, except not nearly as awesome as it sounds. Beyond the ridiculous plot lies many more problems, beginning with the acting. Albert Cole is so over the top as the killer, Cass, that you will find him far more comical than menacing. The music is hit and miss--in some scenes we get audible eerieness that fits the action perfectly, but in others we are treated to bubbly pop sounds that have no place in a movie such as this one. The dialogue is bland, and the delivery of it may put you to sleep. The "maniacal" laughing of Cass sounds like it should actually be coming from the retarded head, calling into question which head is, in fact, really the retarded one? This movie just sort of plods along, with the monster killing people every once in a while, until we get an ending that will likely further your belief of this being a take on the Frankenstein story. Of yeah, and Casey Kasem, for whatever reason, appears in this mess. If you're a Bruce Dern fan (or Casey Kasem fan), or if you are doing a study on bizarre films of the 1970s, this movie may be worth watching. Otherwise, skip it.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 3