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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.
Dan más miedo Peter Cushing y su banda de puritanos fanáticos que todos los vampiros juntos...
Y que alguien me explique cómo había cadáveres desangrados antes de que empiece a haber vampiros en la región...
Pero, oye, tiene su gracia.
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.
Twins of Evil is like a fast-paced best-of film by Hammer, who by the early 70s knew how to pack all the witch-burnings, vampires, angry christian fanatics, satanic rituals, cleavage, castles, evil henchmen, atmospheric smoke, decapitations and day-for-night shots you could wish for in a 87 minute film. One of the most entertaining latter-day Hammers.
My first Hammer horror film. I dig it. It's kind of campy, and very theatrical. It's a fun balance of the horrific and the ridiculous without feeling like a joke. It's the kind of horror movie I might show my 9 year old nephew and be MOSTLY sure my sister wouldn't get mad.
This is a good one for lovers of classic vampire movies with everything else you want. It's like they knew what people really wanted was hot, young ladies baring their nude bodies for us. Twins no less! Movies now days are kinda tame compared to some of these classics. Movies like this one make the retro movies not seems so out of date.
One of the best Hammer horrors, best of the Karnstein trilogy. The twins were okay, and there are no definitely no "good" guys in this dark plot.
A colourful and wonderfully realised witch finder come vampire hunter movie , Peter Cushing, as Gustav Weil rides around the small villages of Karnstein in Central Europe looking for witches to burn ,(basically young women with loose morales and looser knickers).Gustav and his marauding crew resemble a cross between that man on the Quaker Oats cereal boxes and the wild bunch. Gustav is your traditional puritan,no sex please im a puritan. Unfortunately for the Gustav who frowns upon things like low cut dresses,or dresses that show an inch of ankle he has to look after the sexy Collinson twins. Mary and Madeleine Collinson are the Gellhorn sisters,one good and of course one is bad,I don't know which one it is,I…
After the death of their parents, twins Maria and Frieda move in with their religious zealot uncle Gustav. As it happens, there has been a rash of occult-type deaths in Gustav's small town, and he and his fellow parishioners are trying to stamp out all the evil they find by burning "witches." Witches, vampires, and Satanic rituals all come together as the wild-child Frieda gets involved with the local lord Count Karnstein and his devil-worshipping friends. Gustav must determine which one of his identical nieces has become a vampiric pawn of the Devil, or if they both have become Twins of Evil.
Hammer comes through again with a great witchy/vampire-y/Satan-y movie and a great performance from the inimitable Peter Cushing…
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Twins of Evil (1971)
A colourful and wonderfully realised witch finder come vampire hunter movie , Peter Cushing, as Gustav Weil rides around the small villages of Karnstein in Central Europe looking for witches to burn ,(basically young women with loose morales and looser knickers).Gustav and his marauding crew resemble a cross between that man on the Quaker Oats cereal boxes and the wild bunch. Gustav is your traditional puritan,no sex please im a puritan. Unfortunately for the Gustav who frowns upon things like low cut dresses,or dresses that show an inch of ankle he has to look after the sexy Collinson twins. Mary and Madeleine Collinson are the Gellhorn sisters,one good and of course one is bad,I don't know…
The Best of the Trilogy! Very Good.
The third movie of the Karnstein Trilogy. Now this is a GOOD vampire film. LOVE the story. This one has much less focus on the lustful Countess Mircalla - in fact, not hardly any attention to her in this film. This movie has its focus on the twins Frieda and Maria instead.
Twins of Evil will easily grab your attention right at the beginning of the film and hold it until the very end. This film has a gothic setting, puritans on witch-hunts, black arts, Satanism, vampires, and a good vs evil theme - all of which are the makings for a good horror film - and this film has a good story…
Aptly titled late-period Hammer vampire movie ranks among the studio's best. Director John Hough went on to direct LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE and the incurably batty THE INCUBUS.
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recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff