Two Heads Are Better Than One At Cinema a Go Go Friday, January 18 / 7:00 pm Liberty Hall
We take literally the saying "two heads are better than one" at our next Cinema a Go Go! We've got TWO movies...TWO monsters...each sporting TWO heads.
From 1959, it's maybe the first "guy with two heads" movie - The Manster. In this cinematic gem, an unsuspecting American reporter gets injected with a secret formula by a crazy Japanese scientist. Soon the reporter is going on violent rampages and completely freaks out when he finds an eye sprouting from his shoulder. Soon the eye morphs into an entire monstrous head. That's when the fun begins!
This masterpiece of schlock was an American production shot in Japan and features a number of Japanese actors who turned up in kaiju movies like Mothra and Yog: Monster from Space.
Also on the bill is The Thing with Two Heads (1972), an outrageously enjoyable film from American-International Pictures that can't decide if it's a horror movie, a blaxploitation film or an outright comedy - so it tries to do all three!
A bigoted white surgeon (Ray Milland) has perfected his technique for grafting a second head onto a living subject. Dying from cancer, he wants to have his own head sewn onto a healthy body so he can continue his weird experiments.
Imagine his shock to wake up from surgery and find his head grafted onto the body of convicted killer Jack (Rosey Grier), who's none too thrilled having a second head sprouting from neck. Jack takes the opportunity to escape from police custody, and the chase begins.
Upon its release Tom Shales of the Washington Post wrote that The Thing with Two Heads "isn't terrible". Music for the film was produced by Michael Viner and features the Incredible Bongo Band.
Doors open 6:30pm - Tickets $10.00 at the door.
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