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The Gruesome Twosome
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis ; Starring Elizabeth Davis, Chris Martell
Something Weird Home Video ; Region 0 ; NTSC ; Full-Frame ; Mono ; Commentary, Trailer, 'Wigs-O-Rama' Short Film, Gallery Of Exploitation Art

If there's one thing that Herschell Gordon Lewis can be rightfully accused of, it's shamelessly padding his films to get them to feature length. And the pinacle of this unique art form would have to be The Gruesome Twosome. If you were to cut out all the irrelevant padding in this film, it'd wind up about 10 minutes long. Now this padding has it's charm, but enough's enough! That said, the opening conversation between two foam wig heads is admittedly a work of genius, and one that I hadn't even picked as padding until hearing Lewis himself admit it in the commentary. Of course, The Gruesome Twosome does have the Gore sequences expected of a Lewis film, but they're fewer and further between than usual for Lewis. It does however, contain a scalping, which despite it's technical imperfections, is about ten times grosser than that seen in William Lustig's Maniac. Another highlight is Davis' hysterical performance as the kindly old wig shop owner, Mrs Pringle.

The Gruesome Twosome is far from perfect visually, but this is due entirely to the film's ultra-low budget. The source print seems to be in quite good condition and once again, colours that I didn't even know existed in the sixties are presented here beautifully. The mono sound also has some significant problems, again due to the source material. Frankly if you can't handle a few picture and sound faults you shouldn't be watching these movies in the first place.

Once again, Lewis has made himself available to Something Weird for another entertaining and informative commentary track. The archival short film 'Wigs-O-Rama' seems to have nothing to do with Lewis, but is worth a look if only to see a little puppy dog being dragged violently around a catwalk for some none-too-apparent reason. You also get a nice little trailer including specially shot footage of Mrs Pringle explaining the film's plot.

This is definitely not Lewis' best gore film. In fact it's probably one of the worst. But let's face it, the worst of the best is always better than the best of the worst. Isn't that right, Napolean?