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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…
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.
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,…
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.
Sleaziest - though not the best - entry in Hammer's Karnstein trilogy features heaving bosoms, plenty of bloodsucking and Peter Cushing in a great hat. None of the lesbianism of The Vampire Lovers or Lust for a Vampire is present but, hey, that would've been twincest. And who wants that? Everyone, probably.
The opening credits sequence - with dayglo pink titles - is worth admission alone.
Film 22/30 of the "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
My Scavenger Hunt #3 List.
Item 19. A film featuring Twins or conjoined twins
everything seems fairly obvious from the get go: the use of the twins as the main characters, witch-hunting, and implied sexuality albeit having a very moderate tone. i guess its major strength is its likeability for viewers vying to watch an unshakable world of the occult and fright. and yet, it's too sullen for this writer's taste as it gathers a fairly upright build-up that gets dumped in a special place and nothing happens after. with its hold to engage menace, it only enticed viewers having an extension of what an expectant horror film could bring. but of course, the bailiwick is enough if this was the intent understandably closing the Karnstein Trilogy -- and it would've been easier for this writer to understand everything if The Vampire Lovers and Lust For A Vampire were experienced.
Part of my "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
Task 19. A film featuring Twins or conjoined twins!
Twins of Evil
"There is a cottage in the woods, a young girl lives there alone, refuses to take a husband. They say she has many husbands. She is a creature of the devil, wicked, immoral! Burn her!"
So there is this group of puritanical men called "The Brotherhood" and that quote pretty much sums up how they all feel about single women. The Brotherhood is led by Gustav (Peter Cushing in true asshole/religious zealot form) and he is leading the charge against all the single ladies. Dead bodies start turning up with teeth marks on the neck around town and The…
Film #18 of the "Scavenger Hunt #2" Challenge
Task #20. A film featuring any kind of superstition
Why does this film qualify? This film is about Puritans and witch hunters - which is superstition gone to the highest levels of crazy
Hammer Horror always seems to leave me wanting more. The emphasis in their films seem to be old white dudes standing around trying to act important - and that's boring. The sets are beautiful - but over used. The costumes are just that - well tailored, very clean costumes - that remind you constantly that this is all a play. Even the lighting - it's always so well lit in their films. If a fire goes out mysteriously…
Hammer's Carmilla cycle ends on a relative high; the stunt-casting of Playboy twin centrefolds Madeline and Mary Collinson as the titular (arf arf) sisters is a worrying sign but they're a pleasant surprise. Neither can act for toffee but they're surprisingly sweet and innocent. The OTT Confessions-style lesbianism of the previous films is toned down thankfully and while the plot reeks of a belated attempt at regaining Hammer's horror credo in response to Witchfinder General it does give it something a bit extra. The return of the ever-game Peter Cushing adds some gravitas.
The title could easily refer to its two antagonists - Peter Cushing's Puritan witchfinder Gustav Weil and Damien Thomas's hunky devil-worshipper Count Karnstein - who both have an unhealthy interest in killing innocent women for their own twisted gratification. But really it refers to Weil's nieces, goody-goody Maria and dangerous Freida, played by cute and busty Maltese identical twin Playboy Playmates Mary & Madeleine Collinson. The Count becomes a vampire, then he turns Freida into a vampire, and it becomes unclear who exactly we're supposed to be rooting for... anyone except the misogynistic Weil, presumably. That said, unlike in the previous year's Mark of the Devil, any righteous indignation over the horrendous nature of 16th century witch-hunts is somewhat undermined when…
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