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The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant (1971)

Dr. Roger Girard is a rich scientist conducting experiments on head transplantation. His caretaker has a son, Danny, who, although fully grown, has the mind of child. One day an escaped ... See full summary »

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Anthony M. Lanza
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Dern ... Roger
Pat Priest ... Linda
Casey Kasem ... Ken
Albert Cole ... Cass
John Bloom ... Danny
Berry Kroeger ... Max
Larry Vincent Larry Vincent ... Andrew
Jack Lester Jack Lester ... Sheriff
Jerry Patterson Jerry Patterson ... Deputy
Darlene Duralia Darlene Duralia ... Miss Pierce
Raymond Thorne Raymond Thorne ... Motorcyclist (as Ray Thorn)
Gary Kent ... Motorcyclist (as Donald Brody)
Mary Ellen Clawsen Mary Ellen Clawsen ... Motorcyclist
Janice P. Gelman Janice P. Gelman ... Teenager
Mike Espe Mike Espe ... Teenager
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Dr. Roger Girard is a rich scientist conducting experiments on head transplantation. His caretaker has a son, Danny, who, although fully grown, has the mind of child. One day an escaped psycho-killer invades Girard's home, killing Danny's father before being gunned down himself. With the maniac dying and Danny deeply unsettled by his father's death, Dr. Girard decides to take the final step and transplant the killer's head onto Danny's body. Of course, things go horribly wrong and the two-headed creature escapes to terrorize the countryside. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Two heads crafted on the body of a giant... The most fearsome living force ever created by man. See more »

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant See more »

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1.85 : 1
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During a 1978 interview on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Bruce Dern revealed he was not paid for his role in the film. He was issued a check for $1,700 during filming, and when he went to the bank to cash his check, the check bounced. When he returned to the set on the next day scheduled for filming, the set had already been shut down. See more »

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The movie Cass dives through at the beginning of the film was obviously covered in plastic. See more »

Quotes

Danny: [as the 2 headed monster wakes up] Daddy. Daddy.
Cass: Whatta you know. He can talk.
Danny: Who are you?
Cass: I'm your brother.
Danny: I don't have a, a brother.
Cass: You do now. I don't like it any better. But until we can do something about it, I'm running this monster, understand?
Danny: Uh, my neck hurts.
Cass: My neck hurts, stupid. Don't you see what these maniacs had done to us?
Danny: Stop jerking around. You and I are now one, dummy. Let's stand up. I'll show you.
Cass: [as the monster gets up and starts walking for the first time] Aaaagh! I ...
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The "Midnight Movies" DVD from MGM has violence restored that was cut for its original "GP" rating. Most notably the death of the retarded man's father with a shot of his bloody head from the garden rake and the murder of the biker has additional hits and shots of biker's face being bloody from the chain beating by the creature. See more »

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Featured in Movie Macabre: The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant (1982) See more »

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Lyrics by Barnabus Hill
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Two heads are weirder than one
22 October 2009 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

Casey Kasem, Marilyn Munster, Bruce Dern, and Seymour in a campy horror cheapsterpiece that is good for some laughs.

Bruce Dern is a mad doctor/scientist, and of course, nobody has ever seen a mad scientist in a movie before. He concocts a plan to take a dead head off one guy, and surgically attach it to another guy. Neither he nor you will ever know why he wants to do this, but it provides the backbone for this juicy camp novelty, that looks to have been made on a budget of about ten bucks, and two S&H green stamps. Casey Kasem was not doing a top 40 show or Scooby Doo cartoon that week, so he drops by. He's a colleague of Dern, but not nuts like Dr. Dern is. I love the scenes where our hero, Dr. Kasem, turns on the radio, to listen to his own voice doing the radio news announcer. Pat (Marilyn Munster) Priest is the blonde bombshell romantic interest (of more than one character, if you catch my drift). And of course, the two-headed transplant: both actors combine to actually give this awkward looking beast some real emotion.

They're all good, in a campy way, but a special treat this movie had was a popular local late night horror host seen here in L.A. in those days, named Larry "Seymour, the Master of the Macabre" Vincent. He used to offer up golden turkey monster flicks, in order to poke fun at their awfulness, MST3K style. He roasted himself for doing "Transplant," although his all-to-brief screen before making a routine horror film exit, was actually pretty good acting. Sadly, Seymour died fairly young, leaving this as one of his few film appearances.

The idea is goofy, but the script has enough going on that the actors can work with it. They all seem to have had fun making the flick, too. Considering the z-budget, it's not bad at all. This can actually be entertaining if you go in expecting dumb but amusing camp.


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