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Twins of Evil (1971)

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

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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 »

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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Very humid and accomplished Hammer horror
4 May 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

The delicious Collinson twins, Mary and Madeleine, are reason enough to catch this technically accomplished and subtly erotic horror flick from Hammer; these ladies are sex incarnate and burn up the screen every time they appear.

Twins aside, director John Hough's contribution to English vampire lore is a very tight, exceptionally well directed and staged tale of bloodsucking and rampant desire.

Peter Cushing, as Gustav Weil, is the God-fearing leader of The Brotherhood, a bunch of old witch-finders who stalk pretty girls with bad reputations and confine them to burning crosses. Life gets complicated for old Gustav when his sexy niece (Madeleine Collinson) gets curious about Karnstein castle and its Satan-worshipping occupant (Damien Thomas) and decides to open her legs and heart to the arrogant neck-biter.

TWINS OF EVIL gets everything right. The photography, by Dick Bush, is stunning; the miniature work is never less than believable; the violence is more bloody than usual. The on-screen nudity is more explicit than is typical for a Hammer production and the storyline adequately provides for a generous amount of chills and thrills.

An evocative exploration of the fascinating nature of evil and reasons aplenty to submit to the humid charms of ladies with voracious appetites.

Highly recommended.


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