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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 overview, first billed only:
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
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Dietrich
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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 {J-26}

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£205,067 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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The film used the same sets as Vampire Circus (1972) See more »

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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 »

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Count Karnstein: [pointing to ancestral portraits] They knew! They didn't play at being wicked. They worshipped the devil and he taught them delights that you will never know! Of punishment: inflicting and receiving it. Of torture. And death. Yes, of death and of pleasures beyond the grave. Something you could not even comprehend! But I know.
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Superior entry in Hammer's 'Karnstein' trilogy
6 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

TWINS OF EVIL

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Mono

This exquisite, sexually charged shocker (the third and final entry in Hammer's unofficial Karnstein trilogy, following THE VAMPIRE LOVERS and LUST FOR A VAMPIRE, both produced in 1970) was directed by John Hough, a talented journeyman who began his career in British television (including notable episodes of "The Avengers") and later helmed the much-acclaimed ghost story THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (1973) before relocating to America and getting lost on the Hollywood treadmill. Here, working with a clever script (by Tudor Gates) and elegant period art direction (by Roy Stannard), he maintains a graceful period style which belies the film's threadbare budget and modest ambitions: A decadent lord of the manor (Damien Thomas) summons the ghost of Mircalla Karnstein (Katya Wyeth) from her grave and is subsequently transformed into a vampire, whereupon he targets the beautiful twin nieces of a local witchfinder (Peter Cushing).

The plot is pure melodrama, but Hough plays it straight for the most part, except for a couple of humorous episodes early in the film (such as the notorious 'candle' incident during an unlikely sexual encounter between Thomas and Wyeth!). The performances are fairly theatrical, though Cushing's zealous witchfinder is a study in quiet intensity (the actor looks particularly gaunt here, having lost his beloved wife shortly before commencement of principal photography). Former 'Playboy' centerfolds Madeleine and Mary Collinson - who appear to have been dubbed in an effort to beef up their unskilled performances - are visually stunning in the bosomy Hammer style, while David Warbeck (later a cult favorite in mainland European exploitation movies), Dennis Price (KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS), Isobel Black (THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE) and Kathleen Byron (BLACK NARCISSUS) are featured in major supporting roles. The film was released theatrically with a UK 'X' certificate in 1971 because of some sloppy gore and a handful of self-conscious nude scenes, though the British censor has since awarded the uncut video print a lowly '15' rating, which indicates how attitudes have changed in the intervening years.


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