Twins of Evil Reviews
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
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?"
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.
The movie includes commentary on mob mentality, puritanicalism, and persecution. It's well filmed, and has decent performances including the always reliable Peter Cushing.
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.
Twin girls are sent to the English countryside to live with their uncle. Their uncle is a radical Pagan witch hunter who focuses on nothing but God and the Devil. His idea of a good time is singing gospel and burning witches. The uncle?s arch enemy is a count who lives on the hill and worships the devil. One night, the count goes too far with his worshiping and is transformed into a vampire. One of the twins joins the count in his worshiping and the other twin is good and stays home and behaves herself. However, how can the uncle tell which twin is good and which one is evil? He may need to kill them both.
?I am weary of this world and its pathetic pleasures.?
John Hough, director of Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, Treasure Island (1972), The Legend of Hell House, Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), Return from Witch Mountain, Incubus, American Gothic, and Hell?s Gate, delivers Twins of Evil. The storyline for this film is not half bad and in line with many of the horror classics from this time period. The acting is so-so and the cast includes Peter Cushing and Mary & Madeleine Collinson.
?God will have his revenge.?
?Mind he does not have it on you.?
Initially, Peter Cushing?s name peaked my interest in this film; however, shortly into the movie, it was Mary and Madeleine Collinson who drew my attention. All three actors delivered worthwhile performances, but it was the twins who stole the show with their conniving demeanor and beauty. Luan Peters made a guest appearance in this film as well. Overall, this is a film worth watching once if you are a fan of old school horror pictures.
?The good and the innocent die.?