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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:

Satanic power turns men and women into blood slaves! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

The film used the same sets as Vampire Circus (1972) See more »

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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: The devil has sent me twins of evil!
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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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Featured in Peter Cushing: A One-Way Ticket to Hollywood (1989) See more »

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A Cold, Charmless Cushing with Plenty of Cushions Abounding to Keep Abreast of
14 June 2008 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

The last entry in the "Karnstein Trilogy" by Hammer Studios in the early 1970s, Twins of Evil, tells the story of a pair of nieces moving from Venice to live with their uncle in backward Eastern Europe right in the middle of superstition and a sect known as the Brotherhood, a group of Calvinistic vigilantes ridding the land of beautiful, full-figured women labeled witches(the waste! the incredible waste!..ah me!). Their uncle Gustav Weil(Peter Cushing) just happens to be the leader of this dubious sect and the nieces just happen to be Playboy centerfolds Madeleine and Mary Collinson - the Collinson twins. Now, what really can go wrong you might ask with Hammer, Cushing, and two beautiful playboy twins showing ample cleavage in every scene...just doubly so? Well, those aspects certainly have their pluses - thankfully we are also given a script with some backbone to it. This was not the case with its precursor Lust for a Vampire. We get a story about the aristocratic overlord of the area Count Karnstein(Damien Thomas) practicing sacrifice and black magic and worshiping Satan. The house has servants and even an old family adviser(the wonderful Dennis Price - not really given much to do unfortunately). What happened to the empty castle we saw in Lust for a Vampire? The twins are polarized by their personality - one good and malleable the other evil and adventuresome. You can probably guess where the story goes from there and be fairly close I liked a lot of things about Twins of Evil. The acting is good overall. Peter Cushing gives a good, uncharacteristic performance as a truly evil man fighting evil. No one in the films really comes off as being good - the film questions that perception throughout. I like films that make me think a bit, even if it is sandwiched between witch-burning and ogling large, heaving bosoms. The sets, production values, and lush Hammer quality is fairly evident. But even with so much to offer, I did not like the spirit of the film for the very same reason I liked how it made me think. The film has a cold-hearted center that is not all that common in Hammer films. In fact it reminded me a bit of The Witch-Finder General with Vincent Price. A very good film and Price gives a very good performance - but he is thoroughly unlikable in the film. No Price trademarks - all those qualities that made me a huge fan of his. I felt the same way with Cushing in this film. He is good make no mistake, but he plays a thoroughly unlikable character - something Cushing has never done for me at least. Even when he plays a bad guy I still find something I like about him(Dr. Frankenstein in those Hammer films are just several examples). Here he is so cold-hearted that every bit of charm he normally oozes is totally expunged. I guess it is just my take on the film. Nonetheless, Twins of Evil is recommended viewing. Look at it really as a separate film rather than part of the trilogy. It is a Karnstein film in names and places only.


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