– however there’s additionally lots concerning the film that … doesn’t maintain up so effectively. One might argue that the climax, through which Dr. Hfuhruhurr very practically resorts to homicide in an effort to receive a horny host physique for his lover’s mind, was supposed as a criticism of misogyny and male superficiality – however contemplating that your entire film ends on a dumb fatphobic joke, it’s exhausting to present it the good thing about the doubt.
Regardless, The Man With Two Brains has – and we refuse to budge on this – the finest rattling celeb cameo in film historical past.
On the danger of spoiling the movie (severely, cease studying now when you haven’t seen this 39-year-old film and want to get pleasure from it utterly untarnished), a lot of the motion takes place in Vienna throughout a medical convention. A random (though in the end pivotal) B-story entails a mysterious stranger who murders ladies in elevators, which the locals have dubbed, considerably unimaginatively, the “Elevator Killer.”
After we witness the Elevator Killer take down his first sufferer, we pointedly by no means see his face – simply that he’s carrying a trenchcoat and ominously carrying a syringe.
When the killer corners his sufferer, she appears to know him and is seemingly pleasantly shocked to see him. In true whodunnit type, earlier than she is ready to additional reveal the identification of the thriller man to the viewers, he strikes!
In direction of the tip of the movie, Kathleen Turner’s character additionally leads to an elevator with the assassin, and he or she too appears to know him – who might it’s?? Nicely, when Martin seems on the scene, it’s revealed that the Elevator Killer is none aside from … discuss present host Merv Griffin, enjoying … Merv Griffin. Yup, the long-time TV persona bashfully admits that he’s the perpetrator, revealing that: “I’ve all the time simply cherished to kill. I actually get pleasure from it.” He goes on to say that his predilection for murder has been tough as a consequence of his fame. He can’t even “lurk” anymore with out somebody saying: “Who’s that lurking over there? Isn’t that Merv Griffin?” (Therefore why he’s now working in Vienna).