The Gruesome Twosome
Written by Allison Louise Downe
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis
Gretchen Wells .... Kathy Baker
Rodney Bedell .... Dave Hall
Elizabeth Davis .... Mrs. Pringle
Chris Martell .... Rodney Pringle
Mrs. Pringle is a kindly old widow who owns and operates “The Little Wig Shop” near the university campus. At first it may seem that she's just a bit eccentric, always talking to her stuffed wildcat Napoleon, but truth be told she's just plain crazy. She lures co-eds into her shop with “Room For Rent” signs in the window and then sicks her animalistic son Rodney on them, who scalps the poor girls alive. Voila! Instant wig.
Kathy Baker is a college student and amateur sleuth (kind of like a brainless plastic Nancy Drew) who tries to divide her time between “solving” mysteries and dating her Alpha-male boyfriend Dave (kind of like a Richie Cunningham on steroids.) When she catches wind of the case of the disappearing school girls, Kathy decides to do a little investigating of her own, against Dave's advice of course.
And from there we cut back and forth between Kathy's misadventures and the continuing walk-in bloodshed over at The Little Wig Shop.
We've got all the H.G. Lewis signature items here: bad acting, over-the-top gore, and pretty women all rolled up into his usual blend of so-bad-it's-good cinema. Lewis was never a great film maker and he'll probably be the first to admit it, but he was the goddamned best at what he did. Gruesome Twosome is exactly what you would expect: mindless entertainment for the bloodthirsty masses.
Lewis fans rejoice.
This Something Weird DVD release comes with audio commentary by Herschell Gordon Lewis himself, a Gallery of Exploitation Art, a short vintage documentary entitled Wigs-o-Rama, and the excellent theatrical trailer.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR: Animated mannequins; Pajama party watussi; Old school KFC; Planting a bone tree; Sloth and Michelob beer; Clever Coca-Cola product placement
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