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The Gruesome Twosome (1967)

Unrated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 28 August 1967 (USA)
A demented, elderly woman has her mentally retarded son kill and scalp various young women to use their hair for her wig shop while a persistent coed tries to link various killings on a local Florida college campus to them.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Davis ...
Mrs. Pringle
Gretchen Wells ...
Kathy Baker
Chris Martell ...
Rodney Pringle
Rodney Bedell ...
Dave Hall
Ronnie Cass ...
Nancy Harris
Karl Stoeber ...
Mr. Spinsen
Dianne Wilhite ...
Janet
Andrea Barr ...
Susan
Dianne Raymond ...
Dawn Farrell
Sherry Robinson ...
Lisa
Barrie Walton ...
Neighbor Lady
Marcelle Bichette ...
Jane
Tom Brent ...
Neighbor Man
Mike Todd ...
Mike
C.A. Dukes
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Mrs. Pringle and her son Rodney run a wig store which they stock by scalping young coeds who show up to look at the "room for rent." Meanwhile at the local college, Kathy is determined to figure out who is killing her classmates, much to boyfriend Dave's irritation. When her friend Dawn disappears, Kathy gets closer to the truth as she begins investigating the Pringle's lair. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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$40,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening four-minute segment with the two talking Styrofoam wig blocks was filmed months after production ended in Herschell Gordon Lewis' office in Chicago during post-production when it was discovered that the running time was too short, and Lewis filmed this pre-credits segment to pad out the running time to make the feature over 70 minutes. See more »

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When Mrs. Pringle pushes victims into Rodney's room the door to the room opens out toward her wig shop, however, when seen from inside the door opens in toward Rodney's room. See more »

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One of H.G. Lewis' better drive-in flicks
19 March 2000 | by (DVD Drive-In) – See all my reviews

After viewing "2000 Maniacs", I wasn't sure if I would ever want to see a H.G. Lewis movie ever again! But I went out on a limb and rented "The Gruesome Twosome", an appropriately gory little number churned out in 1966. Boy, is this movie fun! Unlike "2000 Maniacs", there is no forced humor, no ridiculous music, and no shying away from gore effects. The scalpings of young co-ed girls are shown in full close-up (watch for blinking dead girls!), plus a gutting and a decapitation to boot! The acting is typically slip-shod (except for a bit part by a girl on the phone with the heroine's boyfriend). Lots of unintentionally funny moments, great rock/jazz music (some of which would later turn up in Lewis' "She-Devils On Wheels"), and crappy editing make this one of the better H.G. Lewis movies. Not known as infamously as "Blood Feast", "2000 Maniacs", "Color Me Blood Red", "She-Devils On Wheels", or "The Wizard of Gore", "The Gruesome Twosome" is a fantastic viewing experience, pure schlock, pure camp, pure entertainment! You might have to try looking around for this one, though, on either the old Rhino or Midnight labels. Something Weird Video offers a great print with beautifully garish cover box art!


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