Twins of Evil

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This entry in Hammer Films' long-running vampire series of the '60s and '70s is one of the most evocative and original. The story features voluptuous twin Playboy centerfolds Madeleine and Mary Collinson as sisters who, without parents, are sent to stay with their oppressive uncle (Peter Cushing, looking more emaciated than ever), who happens to live near the sinister Karnstein Castle, the locale of countless vampiric happenings in two prequels (The Vampire Lovers and Lust for a Vampire). One of the twins wanders over and meets the dashing Count Karstein (Damien Thomas), a vampire who later uses the girl's blood to awaken his long-lost ancestor from the dead. Of course, the uncle predictably gives chase once trouble starts, but there is a clever plot twist as the count switches the twins before one is about to be burned at the stake for her supposed satanic involvements. Twins of Evil unabashedly exploits the twins' assets to pump up the film's sex appeal; it also seems to cater to viewers with a vampire fetish. Still, neither is necessarily a bad thing in a vampire film; Twins of Evil does create an effectively sensuous mood while also managing to sustain a fair amount of tension throughout the picture. Although Universal Pictures, the U.S. distributor, extracted nearly all of the flesh and bloodletting from its release, the original British cut retains everything and is the usual copy found on video. Like its predecessors, the script for Twins of Evil is loosely based on LeFanu's classic vampire story Carmilla. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

Cast

Peter Cushing
as Gustav Weil
Madeleine Collinson
as Frieda Gellhorn
Mary Collinson
as Maria Gellhorn
Kathleen Byron
as Katy Weil
Dennis Price
as Dietrich
Damien Thomas
as Count Karnstein
David Warbeck
as Anton Hoffer
Isobel Black
as Ingrid Hoffer
Alex Scott
as Hermann
Katya Wyeth
as Countess Mircalla
Roy Stewart
as Joachim
Kristen Lindholm
as Young Girl at Stake
Judy Matheson
as Woodman's Daughter
Shelagh Wilcox
as Lady in Coach
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Critic Reviews for Twins of Evil

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (4)

  • John Hough has given Tudor Gates' script a good pace and directed so that audiences can take it as straight horror or as a slight send-up.

    August 21, 2008 | Full Review…

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  • Some moments of Gothic atmosphere though, don't quite dispel the feeling that much of the plot is devoted to developing situations where its leading ladies might be disrobed for the camera.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The rest of the costumed crew, led by that veteran horror hand, Peter Cushing, as the twins' witchhunting uncle, who chases the fanged Count and his retinue, hardly give Twins of Evil a good name.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
  • ...an unashamedly sexy, luridly violent, and well-produced horror movie shot with actors who weren't especially embarrassed to be a part of the bloody happenings on screen.

    July 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Touches of ethereal gothic atmosphere and a neat funereal flamboyancy make this slick shock package a cut above the rest.

    October 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Part of the fascination lies in the variations on the familiar typology.

    October 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Twins of Evil

  • Aug 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?"
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 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.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 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.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 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.
    The Movie W Super Reviewer

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