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Twins of Evil Reviews

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January 23, 2013
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.
December 22, 2012
The Cush stands up for what is right and does some killing.
November 3, 2012
A very good horror film with Cushing as a leader of a religious brotherhood...
November 1, 2012
A pretty decent 70s Hammer horror. At first you think it purely exists to exploit twin Playboy bunnies Mary and Madeleine Collinson's heaving bosoms and kinky vampire shenanigans. However it seems to have been made as a vampire film first, with only a handful of softcore moments. Peter Cushing and Damien Thomas are also twinned as a puritanical witchhunter and a decadent satan worshipping playboy with both as bad as each other. It's definitely worth a look for Hammer horror fans as it delivers the formula pretty well.
½ October 23, 2012
Part three in the so-called 'Karnstein trilogy' by Hammer Studios has a lame story which is not really supported by either Peter Cushing or the Collinson twins. The film has a superficiality to it which can't be remedied by the vampires in the film either. In many ways this is the poorest of all the three 'girl vampire' movies from the 70's by The Hammer Studios. The film begins in an interesting manner, the witch hunt theme and the twins appearing to a remote village where people fear of the vampires might actually develop into a decent film. However, the problem is emphasising the wrong things and repeating itself.
Instead of dark, deep waters, the director want to show these kind looking young girls with bare bosoms. Instead of silence of the dark world of the vampires, Nosferatu-kind (or even Christopher Lee in Prince of Darkness -kind, or the kind one sees in 'Interview with the Vampire'), they concentrate on the human-like society gentleman who is full himself -kind of vampire with fake fangs. The only one of the Karnstein trilogy worth watching for vampire fans is the first film, 'The Vampire Lovers'. One might also get something out of the follow up movie, Lust for a Vampire, but it is not a good film and I for one don't need to see it again. This one was pretty bad and I wouldn't wanna watch it ever again..
½ 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 21, 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.
½ August 25, 2012
A fine Hammer production.
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.
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.
½ July 18, 2012
Another solid Hammer vampire movie--Witches, Vampires and Puritans, oh my!!
½ 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.
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.
½ April 17, 2012
Peter Cushing,(first twins in Playboy)
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.
½ March 31, 2012
Nubile nymphs of the nite. One of Hammer's breast, er, best pics.
½ August 29, 2011
An absolute classic and one of the darker Hammer Horror Films. Peter Cushing is at the top of his game here as a Witch Hunter, combined with Vampires and the lovely (Baddly dubbed) Collinson twins, this makes for a well above average Hammer Horror Caper.
½ July 20, 2011
The best thing about this whole boring slow vampire movie from the early 70s were the gorgeous twins who played the main characters. Everything else in this is kinda meh but if you like slow stuffy old hammer horror movies then this is right up your alley.
½ June 22, 2011
One of the lesser known Hammer Horror films, Twins of Evil is an absolute delight of camp that sees Peter Cushing burning potential witches/vampires left and right while dealing with the inappropriately dressed twin nieces that have been forced upon his moral sensibilities. Medeleine and Mary Collinson (Playboys first ever identical Playmates) relish the opportunity to sink their teeth into the Hammer genre and even though their are plenty of unintentional laughs, Twins of Evil is an absolute watch for the studio's fans. VF.
½ May 25, 2011
Cushing aside, this lacks the charm of the better hammer horrors. As an adaption of Camille, it's a
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