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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 »


Anthony M. Lanza




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 ... 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


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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This brain wants to LOVE...this brain wants to KILL! See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Casey Kasem was a big name in radio, and during the 60's was one of the top talents on 1110 KRLA on Los Angeles airwaves. A fellow DJ was the very popular Dave Hull. The "Hullabalooer" (as he was known) can be heard in this movie providing the voice for a radio announcement. See more »


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


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 gotta ...
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Alternate Versions

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 »


Lyrics by Barnabus Hill
Music by John Hill
Sung by Bobbie Boyle
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"Dr. Gerard Must Have Been Brewing That Jekyl/Hyde Joy Juice"
17 June 2006 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

A maniacal killer's head is fused to the lumbering, gargantuan body of a man with the mind of a small child by a scientist who just happens to specialize in fusing two-headed creatures in his spare time. Why? He says to show everyone what a genius he is. Why on Earth would anyone want to create a monster with two heads - neither containing the brain of anything remotely resembling worthiness? Such is the premise in this bizarre, fascinating, and God awful film made in 1971. Bruce Dern plays the "mad" scientist with decided disinterest. Can you blame him? He strolls around with drink in hand and never shows any real depth of character. By the film's end, his performance just caves in. The two-headed monstrosity, which battles bikers on bikes wielding chains and has a cumulative IQ of 60, is a true sight of ineptitude to behold. John Bloom, who would later get an even worse role as Frankenstein's Monster in Al Adamson's horrendous opus Dracula Vs. Frankenstein, plays Danny - a hulking man that lost his mind when he was left for dead in a mine shaft years ago. Now an adult, Danny is dutiful to his father, is treated like a mental defective by all concerned, and sweats a lot. The head of Albert Cole, a man who we see leering or laughing with crazy glee, is attached when Cole tries to rape Dern's wife(more on her in a minute) and kills Danny's father. Dern and his limp-wristed former surgeon assistant(Barry Kroeger) feel the time is right to make a two-headed freak with the body of Cole at their disposal and the mentally deficient Danny just there. This movie is a real hoot to sit through as every minute in bad - bad but fun. The story stinks. Director Anthony Lanza has little savvy. The production values virtually non-existent(although the head thing looks better here then some of the other two--headed monsters of the same era). Acting? What acting? C'mon - Casey Kasem as a doctor/hero? Dern looks like he lost a bet and had to be in the picture. Cole is annoyingly disgusting and ridiculous. Bloom is okay at best. But I really liked Pat Priest as Dern's wife. She sure didn't give a great performance, but she made a believer out of me as she fainted(several times), ran from crazy Cole, lounged in a chair by the pool, laid in bed either of her own accord or bound and gagged, and finally was tied and put in a cage in the lab - all in either a bikini, a small nightie, or some other light attire that showcased her attributes, the brightest things about this dreadful dreck. This movie is very, very bad, and I must confess I loved every minute of it. I laughed and laughed and laughed. Just hearing that soundtrack where every beat foreshadows something suspenseful will happen and rarely does. Or how about the dialog used in the picture? Whew! This is one of the all-time great of le bad cinema.

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3 October 1971 (UK) See more »

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Mutual General Corp. See more »
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