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The Gruesome Twosome (1967)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 28 August 1967 (USA)
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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.


Louise Downe (original screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Davis ... Mrs. Pringle
Gretchen Wells Gretchen Wells ... Kathy Baker
Chris Martell ... Rodney Pringle
Rodney Bedell Rodney Bedell ... Dave Hall
Ronnie Cass Ronnie Cass ... Nancy Harris
Karl Stoeber Karl Stoeber ... Mr. Spinsen
Dianne Wilhite Dianne Wilhite ... Janet
Andrea Barr Andrea Barr ... Susan
Dianne Raymond Dianne Raymond ... Dawn Farrell
Sherry Robinson ... Lisa
Barrie Walton Barrie Walton ... Neighbor Lady
Marcelle Bichette Marcelle Bichette ... Jane
Tom Brent Tom Brent ... Neighbor Man
Mike Todd Mike Todd ... Mike
C.A. Dukes C.A. Dukes


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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Director Cameo: Herschell Gordon Lewis's voice can be heard over the radio, interrupting with news of the murders. See more »


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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Unfunny garbage. One of Herschell Gordon Lewis' weakest gore movies.
24 February 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Look if this was the first Herschell Gordon Lewis movie I'd ever seen it would probably be the last. Luckily I've seen his blood trilogy so I can't dismiss him entirely, but this is easily the weakest of his movies I've seen. The script (by the 'Blood Feast' writer) is trash, and while the movie only goes on for 70 minutes it really drags on and is full of unnecessary padding. Some of this padding is quite odd, such as the opening talking wigs sequence, and the gratuitous KFC eating go-go dancing bit (an early bit of product placement from Lewis), but mostly it's dull. I will admit that the handful of gore sequences are quite realistic for Lewis (that is certainly not always the case!), and Chris Martell makes an okay baddie in the Arch Hall Jr mold, but he doesn't get anywhere as much screen time Elizabeth Davis who is awful, unfunny and totally irritating. Acting in Lewis movies is very variable to say the least, but 'The Gruesome Twosome' has one of the most untalented casts I've ever seen. So, the verdict is only watch this if you are a Lewis obsessive, otherwise newcomers should avoid this one and go straight to 'Two Thousand Maniacs!' or 'Color Me Blood Red' which tie as his best two gore movies.

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Release Date:

28 August 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Отвратительная пара See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA


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$40,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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