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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 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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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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Trivia

The film was released as a double bill with Hands of the Ripper (1971). See more »

Goofs

When Peter Cushing and his gang pass the cemetery the camera pans a massive crucifix. But, when it pans the creepy graveyard, the headstones are all in Hebrew. 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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Another solid Hammer vampire movie.
17 December 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Hammer movies seem to divide horror fans. You either dig them or you don't, and I most certainly do! In my opinion even the weaker movies from that studio are still worth a look, and 'Twins Of Evil' is one of the better ones, and therefore essential viewing. It may not be as great as 'The Vampire Lovers', which it has a tenuous link to (it isn't really a "sequel" as such but also deals with the wicked Karnstein family, so if you haven't seen the former, don't sweat it), but it's still damn entertaining. Horror legend and Hammer regular Peter Cushing puts in a strong performance as the overly zealous witchfinder Gustav Weil. He always can be depended upon to take the material seriously, sometimes more seriously than it deserves. The Collinson twins who play his nieces are pretty and can act adequately, but show nowhere near as much flesh as you might expect. They may be the stars according to the title of the movie but are easily overshadowed by Cushing and cult figures Dennis Price (Franco's 'Vampyros Lesbos', the Vincent Price black comedy 'Theatre Of Blood') and David Warbeck (Fulci's 'The Black Cat' and 'The Beyond', and Russ Meyer's little seen 'Blacksnake!'). The rest of the supporting cast are all fine, especially Damien Thomas as the decadent Count Karnstein. As I said 'Twins Of Evil' didn't impress me as much as 'The Vampire Lovers' which I still think is THE Hammer vampire classic, but along with 'Vampire Circus' it is an underrated movie that deserves to be seen by every horror buff. Director John Hough incidentally went on to make the frightening 'Legend Of Hell House' and the cult Peter Fonda road movie 'Dirty Mary Crazy Larry'. 'Twins Of Evil' is yet another solid effort from the much loved Hammer studios.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1972 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

GBP205,067 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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