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Twins of Evil Reviews

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½ May 25, 2011
Cushing aside, this lacks the charm of the better hammer horrors. As an adaption of Camille, it's a
May 8, 2011
A very good horror film with Cushing as a leader of a religious brotherhood...
½ April 4, 2011
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.
½ March 10, 2011
John Houghin ohjaama "Draculan kaksoset" (tai videolevitysnimeltään "Pirun kaksoset") on päätösosa Hammerin Karnstein-trilogialle, joka perustuu löyhästi John Sheridan Le Fanun novelliin. Suht mukiinmenevässä vampyyrileffassa identtiset kaksoissisarukset joutuvat tekemisiin niin puritaanisen pappissukulaisensa kuin sielunsa pahoilaiselle kauppaavan kreivinkin kanssa. Legendaarinen Peter Cushing tekee mitä mainioimman roolisuorituksen noituudesta epäiltyjen tyttösten inkvisaattorina.
½ December 27, 2010
The third and final movie in Hammer's Carmilla series is an improvement of sorts on the second film in the trilogy, Lust for a Vampire, but a definite departure from the first film, The Vampire Lovers. First, the pluses: Wonderful scripting, scenery (a move away from some of the more tried and true Hammer sets), acting and story elements. Also the addition of a studio heavy in Peter Cushing, an element conspicuously absent in Lust (and this comes from a FAN of Ralph Bates).

The areas where Twins came up short are few and far between but NOTICEABLE. Namely the threadbare plot and the fact that it was really a sequel in name only. It seemed almost as if the studio intended it as a standalone film and seeing the raw cut felt it wasn't quite good enough on its own so threw in the tenuous Carmilla tie-in.
½ December 4, 2010
Not enough horror, not enough gore, not enough Cushing, not enough sex
½ November 29, 2010
The Karnstein trilogy thus far has been about deconstructing the symbol of vampires as the ultimate evil, so it seems fitting to see Peter Cushing, normally in the White Knight role of Van Helsing, play a zealous witch burner who terrorizes innocent young women in this final film. Whereas the vampires are pretty indiscriminately evil for once in this trilogy, all the ambiguity is given over to the battle between Cushing's means and his ends. Throwing his twin nieces into the mix is a clever way of calling out his hypocrisy, however, the ending feels a bit too clean cut for my tastes. Still, an interesting twist on the Hammer formula.
November 20, 2010
Very very cool and really very sexy.
November 13, 2010
The perfect Hammer horror film. My personal favourite. The very best example of a guilty pleasure. Like watching Baywatch when the wife is away, watching repeats of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire to get the questions right or noshing on a kebab at 2am. Pagan horror at its best.
cancercapricorn2002
Super Reviewer
October 14, 2010
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
½ August 11, 2010
Hammer complete their The Karnstein Trilogy with this one, which was based on characters from the book Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. The film followed The Vampire Lovers (1970) and Lust for a Vampire (1971), and completed the set. It's a bit cheesy and laughable in places, but it ticks all the boxes with what you would expect from a Hammer Horror. It has recently orphaned twins Maria and Frieda (played by Playboy Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson), who move from Venice to the small German town of Karnstein, to live with their strict puritan uncle Gustav Weill (Peter Cushing), who with his posse of fellow puritans go around burning women accused of witchcraft and satanism, even though they have no evidence. Frieda, the more impulsive of the two twins wants to go to the nearby Castle Karnstein to see the mysterious Count Karnstein (Damien Thomas), who just happens to be a vampire, after he brought Countess Mircalla Karnstein (Katya Wyeth) back from the grave. It's a good little film, with some good moments of horror, the sets are well built and you can't believe there were puritan brotherhoods that did stuff like this back then, with them around, it makes it seem better to be a vampire.
½ August 5, 2010
The Twins of Evil is the final installment in Hammer Studios' Karnstein Trilogy, a trilogy of erotically charged vampire films inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla." Indeed, "Carmilla" could be credited with instigating the entire sub-genre of lesbian vampire films in the 1970s. While Twins of Evil doesn't feature any overt lesbianism, it remains an erotically charged vampire thriller built upon the rather crass premise of hot twins. Still, it is a fun hour and a half of Hammer horror featuring Peter Cushing, Satanist vampires, and...yes...hot twins, one of whom sides with the powers of darkness while the other remains pure and good. Indeed, they are like a b-movie version of the Marquis de Sade's Justine and Juliette, and Twins of Evil delivers if you like cheesy, Hammer horror fun.
½ July 23, 2010
The Twins of Evil is the final installment in Hammer Studios' Karnstein Trilogy, a trilogy of erotically charged vampire films inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla." Indeed, "Carmilla" could be credited with instigating the entire sub-genre of lesbian vampire films in the 1970s. While Twins of Evil doesn't feature any overt lesbianism, it remains an erotically charged vampire thriller built upon the rather crass premise of hot twins. Still, it is a fun hour and a half of Hammer horror featuring Peter Cushing, Satanist vampires, and...yes...hot twins, one of whom sides with the powers of darkness while the other remains pure and good. Indeed, they are like a b-movie version of the Marquis de Sade's Justine and Juliette, and Twins of Evil delivers if you like cheesy, Hammer horror fun.
May 9, 2010
Luego del exito de "The Vampire Lovers", una cinta de vampiros lesbica inspirada en "Carmilla" y de "Lust For A vampire", los estudios Hammer realizaron esta secuela no oficial que completa la trilogia, en la que una de los hermanas gemelas es un vampiro, pero no se sabe cual. Marie Collinson y Madeleine Collinson, las primeras gemelas en convertirse en Playmates, protagonizan esta divertida cinta, que inspiraria obras como "Dead Ringers" o "Nadja".
April 10, 2010
One of my favourite Hammer Horror films. Peter Cushing plays a witch burning puritan whose two nieces have come to stay. One of them is drawn to Count Carstein and then all sorts of vampire action kicks off.Also starring Dennis Price this film is the icing on the cake of the Carstein trilogy. Smashing stuff!
January 26, 2010
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, quintilogy if you cont Vampire Circus and Captain Kronos.
November 6, 2009
Uttrycket fantastisk film missbrukas ofta, men det här är fantastiskt, systrarna Collinson är ju grymma, det enda negativa är att i bland känns Hammer lite Monty Python, men det kan jag ta.nej nu ska jag ha verktabletter.
½ November 2, 2009
There comes a time when courage must outweigh fear

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.?

Grade: B-
October 24, 2009
I'm not a big fan of Hammer films but this one is great! Really gorgeous lighting. John Hough later went to work for Disney, directing the "Witch Mountain" films and the tragically flawed but still fascinating "Watcher in the Woods".
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