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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.

Director:

John Hough

Writers:

Tudor Gates (screenplay), Sheridan Le Fanu (characters created by) (as J. Sheridan Le Fanu)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Shelagh Wilcocks Shelagh Wilcocks ... Lady in Coach (as Sheelah Wilcox)
Damien Thomas ... Count Karnstein
David Warbeck ... Anton Hoffer
Harvey Hall Harvey Hall ... Franz
Alex Scott ... Hermann
Judy Matheson ... Woodman's Daughter
Luan Peters ... Gerta
Katya Wyeth Katya Wyeth ... Countess Mircalla
Inigo Jackson Inigo Jackson ... Woodman
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Storyline

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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Which is the Virgin? Which is the Vampire? See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gemini Twins See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£205,067 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Mary Collinson and Madeleine Collinson were from Malta and still had thick Maltese accents. As they had done with other foreign actors, Hammer simply had their dialog replaced by British performers. See more »

Goofs

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

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!
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit the scene where Gerta lies on Count Karnstein and to remove footage of blood being smeared onto a woman's body during the sacrifice scene. Video versions featured the same print, as does the 2002 Carlton DVD, and the cut footage may no longer survive. See more »

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Hammer's finest
16 August 2003 | by msquaredSee all my reviews

From it's stunning opening to its shattering climax, Twins of Evil is an unremittingly brutal movie. Burnings, stabbings and decapitations are unflinchingly displayed, and, because this *is* a seventies Hammer film, there's some softcore nudity as well. But for all that, this is also a supremely elegant film that shies from clear-cut good and evil distinctions, preferring to paint its characters in subtler shades. Peter Cushing gives a magnificent performance, taking the single-minded fanaticism of his Van Helsing character and notching it up several degrees to create the truly terrifying Gustav Weil. Weil, a ruthless, sexually-repressed Puritan, gets his kicks from burning young women whom he accuses of witchcraft. Only Cushing could imbue the potentially laughable line 'the devil has sent me twins of evil!' with a shiver of sexual pleasure as he anticipates the inevitable pyre.

Visually, Twins of Evil is stunning. There are several set-piece moments, including a beautifully directed vampire resurrection, and the climactic tableau on the steps of Karnstein Castle. The film is saturated in blues and greens, which only makes the dayglo-red blood seem all the more shocking. The score, and the opening theme in particular, is memorable.

Twins of Evil is a remarkable film, taking the grandeur of The Brides of Dracula and the brutal intensity of Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, and combining them with the new house style introduced in The Vampire Lovers. What really distinguishes it from its contemporaries is Cushing's brilliant performance: more villainous than the dandyish Count Karnstein, more heroic than the ponderous Anton, the synthesis of antagonist/protagonist in Weil elevates Twins of Evil to genuine greatness. The best of Hammer's latterday horror films.


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