Twins of Evil Reviews
the real-life twins and former Playboy Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson.
It is the third film of The Karnstein Trilogy, based on the vampire tale Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. The film has the least resemblance to the novel and adds a witchfinding theme to the vampire story. Much of the interest of the film revolves around the contrasting evil and good natures of two beautiful sisters, Frieda and Maria Gellhorn. Unlike the previous two entries in the series, this film contains only a brief vampire lesbian element.
Some considered the film a prequel to The Vampire Lovers and Lust for a Vampire.
Ingrid Pitt was offered the part of Countess Mircalla but refused.
The same sets were used for Vampire Circus.
Harvey Hall and Kirsten Lindholm appear in all three films of the trilogy, although in different roles in each one. Peter Cushing also played one of the leads in the first, The Vampire Lovers. (A part was written for Cushing in the second film, but he dropped out of the production due to the illness of his wife. The role was taken over by Ralph Bates.) Luan Peters, who plays a small role in this film, also appeared in the second film, Lust for a Vampire, as did Judy Matheson.
The original film included a short scene, which is now edited out, in which the evil twin approaches her uncle. The scene is out of place as their uncle is busy burning the other sister; somehow he teleports back home and the evil twin gives him a show. Cut out for American audiences and possibly to maintain story line continuity, the original scene was aired on public television in the 1980s
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 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.
House stalwart Peter Cushing gives a great performance which goes beyond his usual reliabilty as Gustav Weil, would-be guardian of the titular duo and head of the 'Brotherhood' - a kind of puritan vigilante militia out to rid the land of vampires. With the neuroses and tunnel-visoned bitterness Cushing brings to the role, you can well believe he is the films true villain; rather than the foppish Count Karnstein. He even gets away with typically hokey, title-shoehorning lines such as "The Devil has sent me Twins of Evil!".
Playboy Playmates (and real-life twins) Mary and Madeleine Collinson are the said siblings, and are clearly there for reasons other than their acting abilities. Both are also curiously dubbed.
Damian Thomas is a good old laugh as the suave lothario Count. When you're at some dandyish dude's castle for dinner and he proposes a toast "to Satan!", you know you're in bother.
Undoubtably the most arresting of the trilogy (it followed the alluring, solid 'The Vampire Lovers' and the much weaker 'Lust For A Vampire') 'Twins of Evil' is also one of the strongest works in the Hammer pantheon- a late high spot as the vampire genre was on the wane. "To Satan" indeed.