Feb 152018
 

The Gruesome Twosome is one weird, and frankly bad, horror movie with some shoddy filmmaking, even by swamp-level budget standards, and the video and audio transfers, despite the best efforts of Arrow, don’t look or sound all that hot.

 

 

The Gruesome Twosome
(1967)

Genre(s): Horror
Arrow Video | NR – 72 min. – $39.95 | February 6, 2018

Date Published: 02/15/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Writer(s): Alison Louise Downe
Cast: Elizabeth Davis, Gretchen Wells, Chris Martell
DISC INFO:
Features: Audio Commentary, Featurettes, Trailers, Radio Spot
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (PCM 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 43.1 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


A demented, elderly woman (ELIZABETH DAVIS) has her mentally retarded son kill and scalp various young women to use their hair for her wig shop while a persistent coed tries to link various killings on a local Florida college campus to them.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.0/5


This release comes with a reversible cover artwork.

Audio Commentaries – H.G. Lewis provides a track for both The Gruesome Twosome and A Taste of Blood.

A Taste of Blood (1:57:47; HD) is a bonus film from Lewis; LPCM 1.0 audio.

Peaches Christ Flips Her Wig (9:54; HD) – Flamboyant San Franciscan Peaches Christ (filmmaker/cult leader) discusses fond memories of the movie.

It Came from Florida (10:48; HD) – Filmmaker Fred Olen Ray (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers) talks about Florida filmmaking.

H.G. Lewis vs. the Censors (7:43; HD) – This is a new interview with Lewis discusses some of the pitfalls involving local censorship and angry moviegoers.

Promo Gallery:

  • The Gruesome Twosome Trailer (2:44; HD)
  • A Taste of Blood Trailer (1:24; HD)
  • The Gruesome Twosome Radio Spot (1:07; HD)

 


VIDEO – 2.25/5, AUDIO – 2.0/5


Although the film begins with a message from Arrow that the video was taken from the best source available with some restoration work done with some minimal digital work done on other elements, this is a rather bad looking picture. This is through no fault of the studio and instead that it was a cheap production on stock that was probably not well maintained (if maintained at all). The detail is soft but beyond that, it is littered with scratches, dust marks and other flaws.

The audio isn’t all that much better as the LPCM Mono track has plenty of pops and hisses and dialogue levels weren’t entirely the best. I suppose it’s no surprise since the picture wasn’t the best, the audio that could be recovered was limited.


OVERALL – 2.0/5


Overall, The Gruesome Twosome is one weird, and frankly bad, horror movie with some shoddy filmmaking, even by swamp-level budget standards, and the video and audio transfers, despite the best efforts of Arrow, don’t look or sound all that hot. On the plus side, there is at least some okay bonus material so for that it does make this worth picking up.

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