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Twins of Evil Reviews

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cancercapricorn2002
cancercapricorn2002

Super Reviewer

July 3, 2007
Twins of Evil is without doubt one of Hammer's very finest films. The film blends together a few different elements of horror. We've got witches (and the resulting witch hunts), devil worship and, of course, vampirism. These things combine to make one very nice Hammer film indeed. Naturally, the film benefits immensely from the incredibly beautiful ladies that play the twins of the title - Mary and Madeleine Collinson. The two are the ultimate in sweetness, which makes it all the better when one of them becomes more like the title suggests. The plot is relatively simple given all the elements it combines. We follow Gustav Weil (Peter Cushing on fine form) as a religious man by day, and witch hunter/burner by night. The beautiful twins of the title go to live with him after the death of their parents. However, the village in which they live is beneath a castle, inside of which lives the evil devil worshipper; Count Karnstein.

Like some Hammer offerings, Twins of Evil does cross the line into camp here and there and features a number of over the top performances but that being said Hammer Horror is at their best when they're combining several things and tweaking classic stories, and that is what is done here. Twins of Evil is a very original take on the classic vampire story and is therefore a lot of fun to view. It benefits from the direction of John Hough; the man who would later go on to make the seminal classic, "The Legend of Hell House". I actually think he did a better job here than he did there. For Twins of Evil, Hough has captured a foreboding and creepy atmosphere, through use of lots of smoke and a Gothic period setting that involves such favorite horror locations as graveyards and old castles. Hough has also given the film a very heavy handed score, which although gets a little silly, increases the camp value of the film and is therefore beneficial to the film.

Like many a great horror film, this one benefits from a great finale, which includes numerous gory sequences including, most notably, a decapitation scene; which gorehounds are bound to find satisfying. I'm a big fan of Hammer horror, and I would certainly place this one among their top five best achievements. Highly recommended viewing
Stephen M

Super Reviewer

October 21, 2007
Good late Hammer. A shame to see Dennis Price so wasted, but Cushing gives perhaps his best late performance as a witch-hunter. The film obviously owes a debt to the much more serious "The Witchfinder General". It's remarkably chaste for a late-period Hammer, especially given the Playboy pin-up twin leads. Interestingly, the music score is a pastishe of Spaghetti Western music.
Dean !

Super Reviewer

July 1, 2007
One of the best hammer horror films I have seen.
themoviewaffler.com
themoviewaffler.com

Super Reviewer

April 1, 2012
The Karnstein trilogy ends with a bang in this return to form for Hammer. Cushing returns though as a different character to the baron he played in "The Vampire Lovers". This time he's an evil preacher who burns local girls at the stake under charge of witchcraft. He's rarely been better, and that's really saying something. When a ridiculously hot pair of twins come to stay with him they become embroiled in all manner of devilry. Great stuff.
Francisco  G.
Francisco G.

Super Reviewer

August 24, 2013
Twins of Evil is yet another Hammer films vampire flick. Part of the Karnstein trilogy, Twins is nothing more than a vehicle for the awful Collison twins, the first to be featured on the PLayboy magazine. Make no mistake, this is still a very solidly produced flick, everything is detailed and well-handled but just boring and doesn't pay off much in the end.

The legendary Peter Cushing and his lost look towards the whole flick sums up the movie well: "What the fuck am I doing here exacly?"
Adam M

Super Reviewer

July 7, 2013
Brilliant occult/vampire film. Two twin sisters go to stay with family in a town located near the famous Karnstein Castle where the wealthy and enigmatic Count Karnstein lives. The twins uncle, however, happens to be a strict witchfinder and warns them to stay away from the castle and the Count at all costs but one of the twins can't help herself and is soon getting involved in the Counts ritualistic ways which leads to promises of eternal life...
Twins of Evil is a standout film amongst Hammers many treasures and features vampirism and occult/witchcraft themes as well as nudity from the sexy Collinson twins who were playboy models at or around the time. Peter Cushing puts in another brilliant performance as the Witchfinder to.
A must for horror fans. Particularly fans of occult horror.
David S

Super Reviewer

April 23, 2012
I think I might have seen the cut version of this film as there were too many scenes that were mentioned but never seen and some very odd cuts from time to time. Therefore the whole thing came across as a bit of a mess and coupled with some very dodgy acting from the lead twins it hardly hits the heights of vintage Hammer. Interesting to see Cushing play a evil-ish character for a change but the overall campy feel to the whole thing made this feel like a very diluted Horror. The 70's were not a good time for British horror (with the exception of a few like 'The Wicker Man') and this film feels too lightweight.
KassandraVictoriaOrgasm
June 8, 2011
More incestuous lesbian vamp action. Kind of. Sacrifices and Satanism and dark mumbo-jumbo. Up to the level of what you would expect from Hammer. One of the Karnstein trilogy, quintillion if you cont Vampire Circus and Captain Kronos.
August 1, 2012
After years upon years of obscurity in the United States, Hammer's third and final film into their Karnstein trilogy finally gets unleashed onto DVD and Blu-ray thanks to Synapse films. In an ironic twist the first two films in the series, "The Vampire Lovers" and "Lust for a Vampire", are now out-of-print and have become obscure in themselves. But I digress; the real question is was "Twins of Evil" worth the wait young and new fans of Hammer Horror to finally lay their eyes upon. I'm happy to give an enthusiastic YES as not only is Synpase's release fantastic, but I also found the film to be the strongest in the Karnstein Trilogy and one of the most overlooked gems in all of Hammer's extensive catalog.

The story is in actuality a prequel to the previous two films, taking place before the sexy Carmella started making rounds by sucking the life out of rich young women in controversial Lesbian scenes. In this film we are introduced to the Karnstein family and how they became vampires by worshipping Satan. Knocking at their door is Peter Cushing (playing a different character than the general he played in "The Vampire Lovers"), the head of a vampire lynch mob called "The Brotherhood" eager to burn any vampire they come across. Things get complicated when his two beautiful nieces come to visit and our head of the Karnstein family want to make the gorgeous due his dark brides.

The writers here seem to throw tons of material into the mix and somehow it all gels together with the vampire and witchfinding plots complementing each other perfectly. New comer director John Hough seems right at home in Hammer proving he had what it took to make a gorgeous looking gothic horror film with ample amounts of gore and sexuality for a an early 70s release.

The real winner of the film for me is Peter Cushing, who gives perhaps his best performance of his career. "Twins of Evil" marked the first film following his return after his wife's tragic death and this anger and pain fueled his performance making his character, who is essentially a protagonist of the film, almost as sadistic and indiscernible as the villainous bloodsucker himself.

The film can be criticized being even further removed from the Carmella novella source material and for having a heavy focus on heaving bosoms as many of Hammer films from the early 70's are but that just adds to the enjoyment (at least for a majority of the male audience) and giving the audience something different and refreshing. The gorgeous film-making and strong acting makes this entry a winner and not only my personal favorite of the Karnstein trilogy but also one from Hammer's impressive vault of films. Though this marks the end of the trilogy, some members of the Karnstein family would pop up in Hammer's "Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter" essentially making that film a pseudo spin-off.
Will Errickson
April 30, 2012
On Netflix Instant Watch now! Very good entry in Hammer's Karnstein trilogy of vampire ladies, loosely based on "Carmilla" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, the classic 19th century vampire tale that predates 'Dracula.' Peter Cushing is great as a mad witch hunter, and the Collinson twins are wonderful as well.
February 1, 2008
On Netflix Instant Watch now! Very good entry in Hammer's Karnstein trilogy of vampire ladies, loosely based on "Carmilla" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, the classic 19th century vampire tale that predates 'Dracula.' Peter Cushing is great as a mad witch hunter, and the Collinson twins are wonderful as well.
bradwest
September 20, 2008
Twin playmates are the main attraction here. This was a good time to be Peter Cushing. Lots of eye candy on the sets.
Francisco  G.
Francisco G.

Super Reviewer

August 24, 2013
Twins of Evil is yet another Hammer films vampire flick. Part of the Karnstein trilogy, Twins is nothing more than a vehicle for the awful Collison twins, the first to be featured on the PLayboy magazine. Make no mistake, this is still a very solidly produced flick, everything is detailed and well-handled but just boring and doesn't pay off much in the end.

The legendary Peter Cushing and his lost look towards the whole flick sums up the movie well: "What the fuck am I doing here exacly?"
May 20, 2013
Man, those Hammer Films guys really knew how to push the envelope back in the day. Interesting movie as there are very few likeable characters. You pretty much want all of them to die. Sort of like your modern day horror movies, I suppose.
February 27, 2013
Smashing film.

Bright eyed & well spoken girls, with plentiful cleavage; being lead astray by the devil. Complete with an abundance of tasteful arrogance and delightfully dark humour.

Proper sleazy, and a total mockery of religion. Fab.
WARP
July 27, 2009
The Cush stands up for what is right and does some killing.
October 2, 2012
A pretty decent vampire flick with Peter Cushing really selling the film...along with the twins. It's got a great atmosphere especially during scenes where they were burning the "witches".
September 20, 2012
A beautiful film that's got cleavage, boobs, and vampires....what more could you possibly want? It also boasts a strong performance from Peter Cushing as a misguided head of a radicalist puritanical group.
July 28, 2012
Easily the best of Hammer's lesbian vampire cycle. Cushing is as much a villain as the vampire overlord. Nicely done, beautifully filmed, with a tasty undercurrent of religious satire.
themoviewaffler.com
themoviewaffler.com

Super Reviewer

April 1, 2012
The Karnstein trilogy ends with a bang in this return to form for Hammer. Cushing returns though as a different character to the baron he played in "The Vampire Lovers". This time he's an evil preacher who burns local girls at the stake under charge of witchcraft. He's rarely been better, and that's really saying something. When a ridiculously hot pair of twins come to stay with him they become embroiled in all manner of devilry. Great stuff.
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