a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
Twins of Evil
Which is the Virgin? Which is the Vampire?
While dabbling in Satanism, Count Karstein resurrects Mircalla Karnstein who initiates him into vampirism. As a rash of deaths afflicts the village, Gustav the head of Puritan group leads his men to seek out and destroy the pestilence. One of his twin nieces has become inflicted with the witchcraft but Gustav's zeal and venom has trapped the innocent Maria, threatening her with a tortuous execution, whilst Frieda remains free to continue her orgy of evil.
WALLS START CLOSING IN AROUND YOU/MY TWINS OF EVIL/THEY TAKE YOU BY YOUR COLLARBONE/AND SNAP YOUR RIBCAGE
One of the highlights of my first year of college was getting to see the Misfits (sans Danzig) on Halloween night. It was such a glorious show. They played new garbage, but it sounded all right while in the pit. And they played the old stuff. And it was Halloween night, and it was the Misfits. I have not accomplished much in my life, but I will always be able to say I saw the Misfits on Halloween night, caveats be damned. So any film that is referenced by them or brings them to mind is just going to get a little bit…
This far into the Hammer Horror cycle, it's hard to tell if they're reaching perfection or simply self parody (the incessant chants of "burn her" certainly have the whiff of Monty Python about them).
Whatever the intention, this is the most Hammery of all the Hammers, with a full complement of louche vampire lords, Playboy Playmate twins, beheadings, stakings and Peter Cushing as a dour, puritanical witch hunter - though of course, cheery, woolly witch hunters are few and far between.
Aside from the highly enjoyable camp, it's one of the best made of the classic Hammer films, with excellent and inventive photography from cinematographer Dick Bush (!) and a pacey if sometimes nonsensical script by Tudor Gates, an awesome name apparently being a prerequisite for working on this film.
Classic Hammer horror with Peter Cushing in good form, the delicious Collinson twins and the groovy Count Karnstein. I'd seen this before but I didn't remember it to be this much fun! This has everything you need, nudity and gore and is from now on my favorite non-Dracula Hammer.
So dreadful it's like rubbing lemon juice into an infected wound, twins of evil stars horror stalwart Peter Cushing as a witch finder, who simply roams the land with a bunch of sexually frustrated middle aged men burning buxom women in corsets and spouting pious religious nonsense.
that is until the arrival of his two twin nieces, one of which is wholesome and pure and the other who probably enjoys a crafty finger when she thinks no-one is looking. This set up kind of negates the title of the movie, as only one of them really does anything resembling evil, and the other heaves heavy sighs in low cut tops.
Cue much fake blood, manly hairy chests, head-back guffawing, ranting,…
Normally I don't go for stuff like this, but I'm surprised at how entertained I was. If you're expecting non-stop gore and naked women you might be disappointed - there's a decent amount of both but it's more charming and funny than it is thrilling. More camp than exploitation.
bonus: The DVD transfer from Synapse Films looks gorgeous.
If you want everything Hammer does, and does well in spades, watch twins of evil. Gore-check, Cushing and or Lee-check, vampires-check, skin-I wont say any more in that off chance my wife ever reads this. Such a fun kick ass and up until recently rarely seen Hammer production. Me likey
Hammer film starring Cushing and Playmate twins. Pretty decent.
Peter Cushing leads a misogynistic "Brotherhood" who hunt down and burn women at the stake for the crime of being sexy. The last and least fun of Hammer Films' lesbian vampire trilogy.
Who's more evil Peter Cushing or the evil he seeks to destroy.
Peter Cushing killing it as a religious witch Hunter and the Collinson twins naked equals one of Hammer's finest.
1971's Twins Of Evil is the third and final instalment in Hammer's Karnstein trilogy (The Vampire Lovers and Lust For A Vampire precede it) and by now all the trademarks of this bolder, more explicit Hammer style are firmly in place.
Beautiful starlets in a leading role, albeit one of the deadly and slightly unsettling variety? Check
A tall dark and handsome male menace who can hopefully give Christopher Lee a run for his money, and who, in this case, is surprisingly not Ralph Bates? Check
The heaving bosoms of the virginal innocent by the pale blue and ominous moonlight? Check
Nudity; boobs on display in particular, but also the occasional whisper of wispy pubis? Check
More violence, a decapitation…
Witch hunters meet vampires… I'm really not sure how anyone can really call this trilogy a trilogy, the links are so tenuous, and disappointingly the sex/gore quotient goes down immensely with each one - to the point where here you get quaint little inserts here like one of the twins firmly grasping a candlestick during one of the sex scenes… Peter Cushing is seriously great in this one though, so it's immediately better than Lust for a Vampire.
The third and final movie in the so-called Karnstein trilogy bears about as much resemblance to Le Fanu’s Carmilla as The Witchfinder General did to Poe’s “Conquereror Worm.” The complicated morality and paranoia of witch hunts completely falls apart in a world where simple, easily replicated tests actually do reliably indicate the presence or absence of evil. When only the wicked are infected by the vampire’s bite, and “the good and the innocent die,” there is no drama, only reactionary moralizing interspersed with precisely the sort of banal debauchery the film’s sole professing Satanist mocks.
I’d skipped Lust for a Vampire in favor of this entry because this was supposed to be the better of the two semi-sequels…
Twins of Evil re-watch for me last night for my 31 days of Halloween... Hmm I used to love this one but I think I have lost my patience for 'Glamour Period' Hammer films. It was an OK way to spend 90 mins on a Monday night but I remember it being much better.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…