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The Gruesome Twosome (1967)

The Gruesome Twosome





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In this Herschel Gordon Lewis black comedy, an elderly wig shop owner's lifelike products are actually taken from the scalps of the young women whom her son murders.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Allison Louise Downe
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On DVD: Aug 22, 2000
Mayflowers Productions


Elizabeth Davis
as Mrs. Pringle
Chris Martell
as Rodney Pringle
Gretchen Wells
as Kathy Baker
Rodney Bedell
as Dave Hall
Ronnie Cass
as Nancy Harris
Karl Stoeber
as Mr. Spinsen
Dianne Raymond
as Dawn Farrell
Barrie Walton
as Neighbor Lady
Tom Brent
as Neighbor Man
Barbara Kerwin
as Girl No. 1 at the En...
Kim Kerwin
as Girl No. 2 at the En...
Sherri Lane
as Actress in Drive-in ...
Ray Sager
as Actor in Drive-in mo...
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November 4, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Austin Chronicle

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This H.G. Lewis movie didn't have as much blood and gore as his other films, I think there are (ironically) only two scenes with blood and gore. And the rest is the silly main girl sneaking around like she's Velma from Scooby-Doo, except that she never solves a crime. Overall, it's entertaining, but I think this movie could have been better, even by 60s b-horror standards.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

The Gruesome Twosome is a lot like any other Herschell Gordon Lewis film in that it features a ridiculous plot line, a plethora of useless performances, buckets of gore and some real nasty sequences. As usual, the director sets out his plot and it doesn't go anywhere from there. There aren't any twists in this film and what you see is very much what you get. While this simple formula is fun, it is rather monotonous also; and if you've seen a few other HG movies prior to seeing this one (as I had), it's safe to say that there isn't all that much here. The film kicks off with a suitably demented scene that sees two head models with wigs having a conversation with each other. From there, we learn that a wig maker's shop is getting its realistic hair straight from women's heads, as the old woman who runs the shop employs her retarded son to scalp the young women who comes looking to move into the abandoned apartment next door. The piece is made more ridiculous by the way that the old lady talks to Napoleon; who just happens to be a big stuffed cat!

I'm never really sure if HG Lewis movies are meant to be bad, or if the director is just grossly talentless. The acting is so bad that it's arguably not even acting; between speaking parts, some of the actors are visibly laughing - I don't know if the whole thing is meant to be a joke. The film only lasts for the seventy or so minutes, and so you'd expect that even a plot as basic as this one would be able to be stretched; but the Godfather of Gore obviously didn't know what to do with it, meaning that way over half of the film is made up of useless scenes that add nothing to the plot and serve only in making the whole piece more weird. HG movies have a sort of otherworldly feel about them stemming from the fact that they are so inept; nobody in real life acts like the people in HG movies do, and this movie adheres to that styling. The characters are non-existent and the way they react to the local murders is purely stupid. The murder scenes themselves are grisly as usual, but as is the case with everything else in this film; they're impossible to take seriously. Overall, this really is a terrible movie; but there's something about HG movies that make them better than most trash, and while I won't argue with bad words against this film; I did enjoy watching it.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


When some college-age girls go missing, their friends start to investigate when the police aren't much help. The focus appears to be on an address which leads the investigators to a home occupied by and elderly lady and her mentally-challenged son. The lady runs a wig business and it is learned her son kills and scalps young ladies to help his mom's business. Pretty funny with good gore. Watch with 2000 Maniacs, Wizard of Gore, and Blood Feast.


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