I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
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.
Part of the "31 Rides Out Overtime" edition: letterboxd.com/ipcress/list/31-rides-out-the-overtime-edition/
Going in, I was expecting the film to be mostly focused on the titular twins, on the sensationalistic aspects of their casting (Playboy Playmates! Twins!), but what I found was a surprisingly dark performance by Peter Cushing as his village's cruel-as-cruel-can-be witchfinder. A few weeks back when I watched him in *Carnage (aka, Corruption)* I thought I'd found his most savage performance--some of his facial expressions caught by the camera while he's brutally killing his victims will give you the willies (especially in the international version of the movie)--but he matches that here. The nightly purges he and the Brotherhood undertake illustrate powerfully mob mentality, religion gone wrong, and the violence…
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
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.
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,…
Entertaining late period Hammer from the same team that brought you all those lesbian vampire affairs so beloved of boys my age.
It's a bizarre blend, adding a Witchfinder General knock-off storyline to the standard vampire fare as Cushing's ruthless hag hunter finds himself butting heads with local Count Karnstein, unaware the Count is a vampire who has set his sights on Cushing's pure and chaste (and pretty damn sexy) twin neices.
The Whitchfinder vibe continues with an underwritten hero role for David Warbeck, which muddies up the standard roles as Cushing is far from sympathetic as a hero, but Warbeck does very little until the climax.
The acting is fairly awful all round, with only Cushing, of course, coming…
Elements of traditional and modern horror along with mild a very noticeable slice of erotica are combined brilliantly in this surprisingly sophisticated Hammer production. Set doing a time of religious hysteria where misguided and corrupt individuals react drastically and violently to opposing beliefs. The very gothic set design and haunting cinematography create an eerie atmosphere throughout in addition to diverse characters such a Pete Cushing who delivers a most intense and intimidating performance.
Infusing modern elements of gore and eroticism with the traditional Gothic superstition and setting delivers a truly haunting piece. As its source material is of an obscure origin, the tale which unfolds allows for brilliant originality. Boundaries of the aforementioned qualities are pushed in a subtle manner, placed sparingly throughout in order to effectively shock its audience. Peter Cushing delivers a haunting performance, almost as dark as the feature's protagonist while his cast-mates give their all despite their limited filmographies.
With vampires, witchfinders and Satanic ritual, this is the Hammer lot having their stake and eating it. The whole thing works quite nicely though and Cushing's puritanical witch-burning antic provide some moral complexity to the bodice-ripping and neck-nipping.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This one is awesome! I really enjoyed it. Good story. Again it has that element of the humans are just as evil as the monsters. Peter Cushing is amazing as the fanatical leader of the religious Brotherhood. Even his last name is "Vile." That's great. I hate him most of the film because he's so unfair and heavy handed with his God's judgment, burning innocent young women alive assuming they're bitches of the devil. But I didn't expect he would die and I felt bad when he did. He finally gets his I-told-you-so moment when he sees his nice is a vampire, but I feel he also finally understands, yet wouldnt admit out loud, what Anton is saying about how…
Good, fun Hammer flick that starts with Peter Cushing as an unhinged witchfinder making a mess of the local ladies, and ends with him the hero-that-was-right-all-along taking on nasty vampires.
How could I not love a film with deranged morals such as this??
Aside from being confused over it's antagonist, this is a fairly sharp tale, playing more to it's gimmick's (the twin Playboy Playmate's in the lead roles) than it's story - which is a trade I'm willing to make.
The film is fairly atmospheric, and grim, but it retains a good sense of fun by deliberately playing around with the identity of the lead's who ocassionally pretend to switch roles. This is a ridiculous concept, but it kept…
Is there a better type of twins?
Part three in the Karstein trilogy. Fantastic.
The gimmick is featuring the first Playboy Centerfold twins as the titular twins in the movie which is bursting with bounteous bosoms (among which the twins' are unexceptional (perfectly fine, but unexceptional in this company).
The movie includes commentary on mob mentality, puritanicalism, and persecution. It's well filmed, and has decent performances including the always reliable Peter Cushing.
Beautiful film from the dawn of Hammer. The twins of evil are really twins in real life and Peter Cushing is great in the role of the uncle who once again have to face a vampire.
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