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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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Taglines:

One Uses Her Beauty For Love! One Uses Her Lure For Blood! See more »

Genres:

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:

GBP205,067 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Count Karnstein bite Frieda on the left side of her neck after which she never bears any bite scars as vampires always do. See more »

Goofs

Gustav (Peter Cushing) preparing to go out pulls his collar up , before putting his cloak on, with the intention of the cloak being under the collar but he wraps it over the collar. The camera then goes into a close up of his back and the collar is pulled down over the cloak. 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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Minor But Entertaining
11 June 2007 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

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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