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Director:
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:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Witches, Vampires and Puritans, oh my! See more (60 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)

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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1.66 : 1 See more »
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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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Trivia:
Ingrid Pitt was offered the cameo role played by Katya Wyeth.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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 staying with him. Twins. That would be something different.
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Witches, Vampires and Puritans, oh my!, 20 December 2005
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

In the 19th century, beautiful identical orphaned twins come to live in a small Austrian village of Karnstein with their aunty and a Puritan witch hunter uncle. One of them is innocently sweet, but the other is rebellious, and decides to pay a visit to a Count that worships the devil and who her uncle doesn't like at all. During the visit she falls mercy of the count and becomes of one of the dead just like him. So, when her uncle finds out it doesn't take long for those Puritans wanting her to be burned at the stake.

I'm not a real massive fan of Hammer studio, but for me it feels like when you've seen one you've basically seen them all. That might be a pretty frank claim to make, but that's not to say I didn't enjoy this piece and some of their other works, because some have actually surprised me, just like 'The Mummy', 'The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires' and this particular one. These couple of films I got right into it, but some others rather bore me too death. It's just that England's legendary Hammer studio is for required tastes. Sometimes for me they work, but other times I couldn't care less. But that being said I found 'Twins of Evil' was basically the usual Hammer that had some flavour amongst the routine camp. These would be no other than Peter Cushing's priceless performance as the imposing Gustav Weil the malicious witch hunter, which it lifts the film out of the ordinary. He and is fanatic witch/vampire chasing Puritans were the life of the party. Wanting to burn basically every pretty girl they came across! But what did destroy the mood in those scenes was that I couldn't stop thinking of 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', which has a scene about dim-witted people accusing a girl of witchcraft, which kept on popping up in my head.

While, the lustfulness was pretty high in this flick with its sexual tones and gratuitous nudity and flesh flowing. Which has kinda made its way into the latter day Hammer. Also that's the same for the violence, as there's some grisly bloodletting that's a huge delight, with impalement and decapitation. But in doing so it leaves the atmosphere for patent terror. What made film easy on the eyes were the two lead girls, the Collinson twins Mary and Madeleine were magazine pinups. They were damn right sexy, but also elegant in their revealing gowns and were plain beautiful. Damien Thomas gave an accomplished performance as the evilly suave Count Karnstein. Everyone gave a better than average performance. But there's no real mystery why these twin girls were cast in these roles, although Cushing is rightly the star here.

The film looks great and just like always Hammer captures the period strongly, from the set details of Karnstein's castle to the clothing and props. Sometimes scenes did come off as under lit, but that's due to the woodland setting that branched out throbbing sense uneasiness. Rattling behind the picture is the trademark boisterous score. While, the direction didn't come off as complete. Not enough action was sustained and there was too much chat, I thought. It's just some sequences were done to death in the film, that you already kinda get the point. But in those moments of action, it does become incredibly tense, with some clever twists and heart pounding pacing. That goes for the highly suspenseful finale. The plot device is nothing more than good vs. evil, from the twin girls too the battle of faith and religion. From what I grasp it's boring to be good, and people love bad girls. Is that far from the truth? Perhaps I'm reading too much into it. Oh well.

Highly entertaining Hammer fluff.

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