Friday, July 29, 2011

Short on plot, heavy on randomness: The Gruesome Twosome (1967)

The Gruesome Twosome (1967)
Starring: Elizabeth Davis, Gretchen Wells and Chris Martell

An elderly matron, Mrs. Pringle and her retarded son, Rodney, scalps young coeds who drops by in their wig store for their hair. When her friends begins to thin out, Kathy a concerned student, starts snooping around after her friend Dawn disappears, much to the patience of her boyfriend, and traces it to the The Pringle's wig store, discovering what lies behind it.
Mmm...yummy...the chicken that is.
And that's pretty much the whole story. Yeah, all play and no work makes The Gruesome Twosome a weak and bizzare proto-slasher to begin with. I know this is made from the decades where in drive-in films, splatter matter, but even TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! had some bits of core in its gore. This film lacks focus, that's the problem, I know I have a high tolerance for cheese and bizarre plots, but this film had a lot of scenes that doesn't really had anything to do with the plot, like some dude and his girl in a date with the gorging down potato chips and drown himself with wine, or that demolition derby that run around for nearly 10 minutes, just to name a few.
Scalping via kitchen knife=messy

The only good thing about this film is that the splatter REALLY matters when the ball gets rolling. When Rodney kills, he does it with so much clumsiness and lumbering buffoonery that his kills are messy, even for our standards today! (not to mention Rodney's little quarrel with his last victim. Let's just say he had to keep an eye on her...)

Fans of drive-in splatter will definitely love this, heck, the rest of the world might as well for all I care, but it's gonna take more than three murders and a 7 minute clip of two sentient wig store mannequin heads talking to each other about the wigs being placed in their heads (and to add the weirdness of this, one of them DIES!) to keep me entertained and satisfied.
Family bonding with the (S)Pringles
If you're looking for randomness, cheesy gore and a horror flick with no depths, you've found it, everybody else, move along.

1 female talking mannequin head gets a knife on the top of her head
1 female scalped with kitchen knife
1 female beheaded with electric knife
1 female gets hacked open with machete
total: 4

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