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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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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Inigo Jackson ... Woodman
Judy Matheson ... Woodman's Daughter

Peter Cushing ... Gustav Weil
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

Kathleen Byron ... Katy Weil
Roy Stewart ... Joachim
Luan Peters ... Gerta

Damien Thomas ... Count Karnstein

Dennis Price ... Dietrich

Maggie Wright ... Alexa
Katya Wyeth ... Countess Mircalla
David Warbeck ... Anton Hoffer

Isobel Black ... Ingrid Hoffer
Kirsten Lindholm ... Young Girl at Stake
Peter Thompson ... Gaoler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Boyd ... Dying Man (uncredited)
Maxine Casson ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Vivienne Chandler ... 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)
Annette Roberts ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Bill Sawyer ... Puritan (uncredited)
Peter Stephens ... Member of the Brotherhood (uncredited)
Garth Watkins ... Chief Priest (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Puritan (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 (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Roy Stannard 
Vladislav Lasic (uncredited)
 
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 .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... 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:R18+ | Finland:K-18 (2004) (self applied) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (1990) (cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1972) | 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 | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
The film was released as a double bill with Hands of the Ripper (1971).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Gerta first stands up from the dinner table you see her chair falling backwards silently. Then in the next shot you see it is once more upright and then falls backwards again, this time with a loud bang when it hits the floor.See more »
Quotes:
Gustav Weil:God is calling on us who believe in His holy word to stamp out that evil, to seek out the devil worshippers, and to purify their spirits so that they may find mercy at the seat of the Lord... by burning them!See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Minor But Entertaining, 11 June 2007
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

Loosely based on characters created by author Sheridan Le Fanu, TWINS OF EVIL concern twin sisters Maria and Freida (Mary and Madeline Collison) who have been recently orphaned and are sent to live with their guardian and uncle Gustav Weil (Peter Cushing.) Gustav is a most unpleasant man, the leader of a religious "brotherhood" whose ideas of salvation and repentance involves routing out every attractive woman in the district and burning them alive at the steak. Ironically, Gustav's hapless victims are innocent, and he finds himself unable to attack the real evil of the locality: the devil-worshiping Count Karnstein (Damien Thomas), who enjoys the protection of the Emperor.

Needless to say, it is not long before the sisters catch the attention of the Count, who has now been transformed by the black arts into a vampire--and one of the sisters soon falls under his sway. But truth be told, Gustav is such a distasteful creature himself that it becomes difficult to know which of the two men is worst.

Like most Hammer Horrors, TWINS abounds with well endowed women in plunging necklines and enough colorful gore to float a small boat. But in this instance, the splashes of blood are all the more effective for the muted background against which they are seen. The usually baroque settings of most Hammer films is not in evidence here, little is romanticized, and the atmosphere is quite tense.

The Collison twins (whose last film this was) give reasonable performances and are so attractive that you do not mind the fact they have very obviously been dubbed by English-speaking actors. Damien Thomas makes for an impressively suave vampire, and David Warbeck is appealing as the hero of the piece. But the real drive of the film comes from Peter Cushing, who gives a surprisingly powerful performance as the maniacal Gustav; if given the choice between facing him or trying to ward off Thomas' vampire, well, most of us would probably feel we had a better chance against Count Karnstein! It is an unexpected effect, and it is quite powerful.

This is not to say that TWINS OF EVIL is without flaws, and now and then some pretty big ones. The script is no winner, and the details of the story are a bit loose, to say the least. The sisters are supposed to be from Vienna, but they somehow wind up in what seems to be a very unappealing area of Germany where the men all dress like American Puritans! There are also one or two scenes that border on the unintentionally comic. But most viewers will be able to suspend disbelief for the film's duration. Recommended for fans of both Hammer and Gothic horror.

GF

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