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Twins of Evil (1971)

 -  Horror  -  June 1972 (USA)
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A religious sect led by Gustav Weil hunts all women suspected of witchcraft, killing a number of innocent victims. Young Katy, Gustav's niece, will involve herself in a devilish cult, and become an instrument of Justice in the region.

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Inigo Jackson ...
Woodman
Judy Matheson ...
Woodman's Daughter
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Harvey Hall ...
Franz
Alex Scott ...
Hermann
Shelagh Wilcocks ...
Lady in Coach (as Sheelah Wilcox)
Madeleine Collinson ...
Frieda Gellhorn (as Madelaine Collinson)
Mary Collinson ...
Maria Gellhorn
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Katy Weil
Roy Stewart ...
Joachim
Luan Peters ...
Gerta
Damien Thomas ...
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Dietrich
Maggie Wright ...
Alexa
Katya Wyeth ...
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In nineteenth century middle-Europe, orphaned teenage twins Maria and Frieda go to live with their uncle Gustav Weil, who heads the Brotherhood, a vigilante group trying to stamp out vampirism. But their methods are random and misplaced and the only result is a terrorised populace. The real threat lies with Count Karnstein, and although the twins seem outwardly to be identical, Frieda finds herself much more drawn than her sister to the Count's castle dominating the skyline. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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When Gerta first stands up from the dinner table you see her chair falling backwards silently. Then in the next shot you see it is once more upright and then falls backwards again, this time with a loud bang when it hits the floor. See more »

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Dietrich: [watching staged black mass with Count Karnstein] Your Excellency is pleased with the entertainment? He's calling out the devil.
Count Karnstein: Well, so can I. Or you. But will the devil come?
Dietrich: Fresh blood?
Count Karnstein: The guts of a chicken or a suckling pig. The devil won't be cheated as easily as that, Dietrich.
Dietrich: Your Excellency is pleased with the girl?
Count Karnstein: A peasant, bought for a few gold coins. Can you never find anything new? Different?
Dietrich: Well, you know, my lord, I try.
Count Karnstein: They say that Gustav Weil has two pretty nieces ...
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The Karnstein's Aren't Really at it Again.
8 May 2011 | by (north dakota) – See all my reviews

TWINS OF EVIL is the lesser of the three films that focus on Sheridan le Fanu's story CARMILLA. THE VAMPIRE LOVERS and LUST FOR A VAMPIRE are far more entertaining than TWINS OF EVIL but it still has its moments--most notably an excellent performance by the great Peter Cushing. Mr. Cushing was in all three of the films and clearly has the most to do in TWINS OF EVIL.

The story focuses on two beautiful young women, Playboy Playmates, twins Mary and Madeleine Collinson, whose parents have died so they are taken in by their witchhunter uncle Pete Cushing. One of the girls is lusty and promiscuous while the other is sweet and virginal. The wild girl falls for a Satanist count (Damien Thomas) who constantly butts heads with Cushing. Thomas, who is a descendant of the Karnsteins, becomes a vampire and uses his wiles to seduce pretty ladies.

STORY: $$ (The story is really quite weak. The Count is merely a Satanist and doesn't become a vampire until he accidentally resurrects Carmilla Karnstein, a long dead ancestor, who he promptly screws around with. Carmilla is then gone from the script, never heard from or seen again. The story focuses more on Cushing's role ridding the area of witches).

ACTING: $$$ (The old veterans do an exceptional job. Peter Cushing is terrific as the puritanical witchhunter. He conveys raw emotion. The scene where he argues with the know-it-all school teacher, when Cushing explains why he burns witches, is a powerful bit of acting by Mr. Cushing. Dennis Price, as always, is a delight as the slimy pseudo pimp who supplies the Count with dames. The Collinson twins are better actors than modern playmates but they were clearly cast for their looks. Damien Thomas is too hammy and over-the-top as the Count. Luan Peters and Judy Matheson, who both starred in the entertaining FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW, have little to do here).

NUDITY: $$ (The other two Karnstien films had a liberal spattering of flesh but this film offers little in the way of skin. One of the Collinson Twins has a nude scene and that'a about it. Luan Peters, the buxom starlet of the FLESH AND BLOOD SHOW, has her ample breasts bitten by one of the Collinson Twins but it is simply a cleavage shot of Miss Peters. There is far more skin in the two previously mentioned films).


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