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Writers:
Tudor Gates (screenplay)
Sheridan Le Fanu (characters created by)
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Release Date:
June 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
One Uses Her Beauty For Love! One Uses Her Lure For Blood! See more »
Plot:
In nineteenth century middle-Europe, orphaned teenage twins Maria and Frieda go to live with their uncle Gustav Weil... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Creepy and Fantastic Final Entry to Hammer's Karnstein Trilogy See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Cushing ... Gustav Weil

Dennis Price ... Dietrich
Mary Collinson ... Maria Gellhorn
Madeleine Collinson ... Frieda Gellhorn (as Madelaine Collinson)
Isobel Black ... Ingrid Hoffer

Kathleen Byron ... Katy Weil
Damien Thomas ... Count Karnstein
David Warbeck ... Anton Hoffer
Harvey Hall ... Franz
Alex Scott ... Hermann
Judy Matheson ... Woodman's Daughter
Luan Peters ... Gerta
Shelagh Wilcocks ... Lady in Coach (as Sheelah Wilcox)
Katya Wyeth ... Countess Mircalla
Inigo Jackson ... Woodman
Roy Stewart ... Joachim
Maggie Wright ... Alexa
Kirsten Lindholm ... Young Girl at Stake
Peter Thompson ... Gaoler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Boyd ... Dying Man (uncredited)
Maxine Casson ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Doreen Chanter ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Irene Chanter ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
George Claydon ... Midget (uncredited)
John Fahey ... Puritan (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Puritan (uncredited)
Kenneth Gilbert ... Puritan (uncredited)
Derek Glynne-Percy ... Puritan (uncredited)
Cathy Howard ... Girl on Tomb (uncredited)
Jason James ... Puritan (uncredited)
Sebastian Graham Jones ... Puritan (uncredited)
Jackie Leapman ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Janet Lynn ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)

Vivienne Maya ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Annette Roberts ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Bill Sawyer ... Puritan (uncredited)
Peter Stephens ... Member of the Brotherhood (uncredited)
Garth Watkins ... Chief Priest (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Hough 
 
Writing credits
Tudor Gates (screenplay)

Sheridan Le Fanu (characters created by) (as J. Sheridan Le Fanu)

Produced by
Harry Fine .... producer
Michael Style .... producer
 
Original Music by
Harry Robertson  (as Harry Robinson)
 
Cinematography by
Dick Bush (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Spencer Reeve 
 
Casting by
James Liggat (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Dragoljub Ivkov 
 
Art Direction by
Vladislav Lasic 
Roy Stannard 
 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist
Pearl Tipaldi .... hairdresser
John Webber .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Tom Sachs .... production manager
Roy Skeggs .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Clayton .... assistant director
Chris Carreras .... third assistant director (uncredited)
David Munro .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Banks .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... dubbing mixer
Ron Barron .... sound recordist
William Trent .... sound editor (as Bill Trent)
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jack Mills .... special effects photography
Bert Luxford .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Joe Dunne .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator
Jack Mills .... second unit photography
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical supervisor
 
Other crew
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity
Ruth Lodge .... dialogue coach
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
87 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Australia:R | Finland:(Banned) (1972) | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Norway:(Banned) (1972-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2002) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1995) | USA:R

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According to Damien Thomas, Dennis Price was ill and in a great pain while filming his brief cameo.See more »
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Continuity: 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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Creepy and Fantastic Final Entry to Hammer's Karnstein Trilogy, 20 August 2009
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

The third and final entry to the 'Karnstein Trilogy', "Twins of Evil" of 1971 is doubtlessly one of the creepiest and best films the great British Hammer Studios have brought forth in the early 70s. After the fantastic "The Vampire Lovers" (1970) and the mediocre "Lust For A Vampire" (1971), this prequel to its predecessors is set in 17th century Austria (my home country), and unites several favorite Horror elements such as Witchhunts, Devil-Worshiping and Vampirism. After many Hammer beauties in other films, "Twins of Evil" brings us the eponymous twins in the leading role, played by the 19-year old former Playboy playmates Madeleine and Mary Collinson. Even though the busty twin sisters, as well as some of other beauties are very nice to look at, this film relies less strongly on eroticism than its predecessors, and focuses mainly on creepiness and suspense. The film follows the 70s Horror-trend of witch-hunts, which became popular after Michael Reeves' British Horror masterpiece "Witchfinder General" (1968) starring the great Vincent Price. This time, it is another brilliant Horror icon, Hammer's very own Peter Cushing, who plays a merciless Witchfinder. Only that this ruthless witch-hunter stands in opposition to a devil-worshiping clan of Vampires - The Karnsteins.

After their parents' death, Venice twins Frieda and Maria Gellhorn (Madeleine and Mary Collinson) are sent to live with their aunt and uncle in an Austrian village. The uncle Gustav Weil (Peter Cushing), a strict religious fanatic, is the leader of a puritan group called 'the brotherhood'. After mysterious deaths, Weil and his henchmen, who believe the murders to be the work of the devil, abduct young women and burn them at the stake for alleged witchcraft. It is quite obvious though, that these women are innocent. The satanic Count Karnstein, who spends his time with bloody rituals, lives in the castle on a mountain near to the village...

"Twins of Evil" magnificently combines several great Horror themes. A classic Vampire story comes along with and Witchhunts, Devil-Worshipping, all presented in a Hammer-typical, beautifully creepy Gothic atmosphere. In my opinion, many of the greatest Hammer films are from the early 70s, as they maintained the beautiful Gothic style and elegant creepiness of their earlier gems, and, at the same time, mixed different Horror-themes and introduced the more explicit themes of the 70s (such more explicit gore and mild erotica). This film has all the classic Gothic Hammer elements - foggy grounds, dark forests, graveyards and eerie castles etc, combined with gruesome elements and genuinely frightening moments. Peter Cushing (in my humble opinion, one of the greatest actors who ever lived) shines as the merciless Witchfinder, a role that fits him brilliantly. The sexy leading ladies Madeleine and Mary Collinson make the film a joy to look at. Director John Hough, who would later make films such as "The Legend of Hell House" (1972) as well the "Treasure Island" adaptation with Orson Welles (1972), deserves great praise for making this one Hammer's most elegant, suspenseful and chilling films. Beautifully filmed in the Hammer-typical uncanny visual style and accompanied by a nice score, "Twins of Evil" is doubtlessly one of the most atmospheric Hammer films from the early 70s, and it also ranks up there among their all-time greats. Highly recommended and a must-see for all Hammer fans!

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