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The Gruesome Twosome Blu-ray Review

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“The Gruesome Twosome” is a standard Herschell Gordon Lewis gorefest.

1967’s “The Gruesome Twosome” is another demented splatterfest from the late influential horror director Herschell Gordon Lewis. The story of this film revolves Mrs. Pringle and her murderous, knife wielding, mentally challenged son Rodney who have set up a profitable arrangement in which Rodney kills women and Mrs. Pringle sells their hair for her wig shop business. Basically, it’s kind of like a “Sweeney Todd” sort of tale. At any rate, a young woman (Kathy) from a nearby college pulls a Nancy Drew and begins to look into the local disappearing girls. Eventually, she finds out the truth as one might expect.

For all of his shortcomings as a filmmaker, you have to hand it for Herschell Gordon Lewis. Not only was he a true indie pioneer, but he also carved out a niche for himself by essentially creating the splatter genre. With all of that said, “The Gruesome Twosome” (like many of his films) is a rough watch. The film is littered with atrocious acting, over-the-top gore, 60’s cheese, and lots and lots of padded scenes. Seriously, it’s amazing the runtime even made it to 72 minutes the story is so thin here.

On the plus side, there is one saving grace here and that’s Elizabeth Davis as the eccentric and peppy Mrs. Pringle. Even though she’s by no means a great actress, she really commits to her villainous role. I’d be lying if I didn’t find myself amused by her endless chatter to her stuffed bobcat Napoleon.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? Unfortunately, this is not a good print as it’s covered with green lines and scratches. It looks like it’s raining on the print.

Audio Track: Uncompressed PCM Mono. How does it sound? It fares better than the picture quality but the audio is garbled at times and you can hear buzzing in the background at points.

Extras: * Herschell Gordon Lewis introductions * “A Taste Of Blood”- The cover of this Blu-ray release should have billed itself as a double feature as another film by Herschell Gordon Lewis is included here. That film is the vampire centric “A Taste Of Blood” which is far better than ‘Twosome’ in virtually every respect. Granted it’s overlong, not very visual and talky, but for a Lewis film, it’s a notch above most of his work. * Promo Gallery * “It Came From Florida”- A interview with director Fred Olen Ray on the history of Florida filmmakers/filmmaking. * “H.G. Lewis Vs. The Censors”- An interview with the late Herschell Gordon Lewis about censorship, publicity, irrate movie fans, etc. * “Peaches Christ Flips Her Wig!”- Drag Queen performer Peaches Christ talks about “The Gruesome Twosome.” * Commentaries on “The Gruesome Twosome” and “A Taste Of Blood.”

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March 18, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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