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Twins of Evil (1971)

R | | Horror | June 1972 (USA)
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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Cast

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Dietrich
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Maria Gellhorn
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Frieda Gellhorn (as Madelaine Collinson)
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Ingrid Hoffer
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Katy Weil
Shelagh Wilcocks ...
Lady in Coach (as Sheelah Wilcox)
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Anton Hoffer
Harvey Hall ...
Franz
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Hermann
Judy Matheson ...
Woodman's Daughter
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Gerta
Katya Wyeth ...
Inigo Jackson ...
Woodman
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Storyline

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 {J-26}

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One Uses Her Beauty For Love! One Uses Her Lure For Blood! See more »

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June 1972 (USA)  »

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The Gemini Twins  »

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£205,067 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Ingrid Pitt was offered the cameo role played by Katya Wyeth. See more »

Goofs

When Count Karnstein sacrifices the girl in the altar, in one shot we see her face while the knife hits her heart, and she is looking to her right screaming. On the next shot, while the Count puts the knife out, she is dead and looking to her left. See more »

Quotes

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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Hammer's finest
16 August 2003 | by (Leeds, England) – See all my reviews

From it's stunning opening to its shattering climax, Twins of Evil is an unremittingly brutal movie. Burnings, stabbings and decapitations are unflinchingly displayed, and, because this *is* a seventies Hammer film, there's some softcore nudity as well. But for all that, this is also a supremely elegant film that shies from clear-cut good and evil distinctions, preferring to paint its characters in subtler shades. Peter Cushing gives a magnificent performance, taking the single-minded fanaticism of his Van Helsing character and notching it up several degrees to create the truly terrifying Gustav Weil. Weil, a ruthless, sexually-repressed Puritan, gets his kicks from burning young women whom he accuses of witchcraft. Only Cushing could imbue the potentially laughable line 'the devil has sent me twins of evil!' with a shiver of sexual pleasure as he anticipates the inevitable pyre.

Visually, Twins of Evil is stunning. There are several set-piece moments, including a beautifully directed vampire resurrection, and the climactic tableau on the steps of Karnstein Castle. The film is saturated in blues and greens, which only makes the dayglo-red blood seem all the more shocking. The score, and the opening theme in particular, is memorable.

Twins of Evil is a remarkable film, taking the grandeur of The Brides of Dracula and the brutal intensity of Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, and combining them with the new house style introduced in The Vampire Lovers. What really distinguishes it from its contemporaries is Cushing's brilliant performance: more villainous than the dandyish Count Karnstein, more heroic than the ponderous Anton, the synthesis of antagonist/protagonist in Weil elevates Twins of Evil to genuine greatness. The best of Hammer's latterday horror films.


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