It’s exciting to see Shyamalan on such confident footing once more, all these years later.
What a heck of a thing to happen to a guy. He's a black man, convicted of murder and unable to persuade anyone of his innocence. He's sentenced to the electric chair (apparently because the Supreme Court's jurisdiction doesn't include American-International Pictures). He's willing to do anything to get another chance at life, so he volunteers for a weird medical experiment. The next thing he knows, he has Ray Millard's head parked alongside his left ear. This leads us to a philosophical point: is it better to be alive with Ray Millard's head plugged into your neck, or to be dead?
Most of us would probably take Ray Millard, I guess. It's not often you get to meet a real movie star. But Roosevelt Grier, who plays the escaped convict, doesn't have such an easy choice.
The problem is that Ray Millard is an evil scientist who dreamed up the head transplant in order to ditch his old body because he was having a lot of trouble with arthritis. His sinister plan is to wait until his head grows on - and then cut Roosevelt Grier's head off! Not only that, but Millard is a racist with a line of lousy cracks about watermelon for dessert.
Some days you just can't win. It's bad enough to try to work with a veteran actor breathing down your back - but in your ear?