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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:
Inigo Jackson Inigo Jackson ... Woodman
Judy Matheson ... Woodman's Daughter
Peter Cushing ... Gustav Weil
Harvey Hall Harvey Hall ... Franz
Alex Scott ... Hermann
Shelagh Wilcocks 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 Katya Wyeth ... Countess Mircalla
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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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A new terror-filled X film See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

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Trivia

Actresses Mary Collinson and Madeleine Collinson, also known as the Collinson twins, were the first ever twin playmates that posed for Playboy magazine. See more »

Goofs

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

Count Karnstein: What's the meaning of this, Weil? Out witch-hunting again? You've come to the wrong place.
Gustav Weil: We seek the servants of the devil.
Count Karnstein: Well, you've found one. Me! Now get out!
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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 »

Connections

Follows The Vampire Lovers (1970) See more »

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Witches, Vampires and Puritans, oh my!
20 December 2005 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

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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Language:

English

Release Date:

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Budget:

GBP205,067 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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