Twins of Evil (1971)

logoDirector: John Hough

Writer: Tudor Gates (Screenplay) Sheridan Le Fanu (Character Created)

Starring: Peter Cushing, Dennis Price, Mary Collinson, Madeleine Collinson, Isobel Black, Kathleen Byron, Damien Thomas, David Warbeck

 

Plot: In nineteenth century middle-Europe, orphaned teenage twins Maria and Frieda go to live with their uncle Gustav Weil, who heads the Brotherhood, a vigilante group trying to stamp out vampirism. But their methods are random and misplaced and the only result is a terrorised populace. The real threat lies with Count Karnstein, and although the twins seem outwardly to be identical, Frieda finds herself much more drawn than her sister to the Count’s castle dominating the skyline.

 

Verdict: Vintage Horror

 

Story: Twins of Evil looks at how extreme people treated the supernatural in the olden times. We have a flamboyant man of mystery that all the ladies are interested in, a strict leader of the town mixed together with mysterious number of death by means unknown. We see how everyone reaction to the newest case showing that vampirism is increasing. With tensions rising we see the town’s people change the way they do things, but with identical twins this makes things difficult as one is good and one is evil. This all comes together to make an enjoyable horror. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Peter Cushing: Gustav Weil the strict leader of the town who is out to get rid of vampirism in and around the town, but when his nieces turn up the mystery Count Karnstein takes a shine to them. Gustav will not let the family links get in the way of stopping the vampirism. Good performance in a role that you would expect to see from Cushing. (7/10)

 

Mary Collinson: Maria the good, purer of the twin who gets caught up in everything after her sister takes a shine to the Mysterious Count. Solid performance. (6/10)

 

Madeleine Collinson: Frieda the bad twin who goes out to find Count Karnstein, she ends up becoming the main target of the town’s people but ends up pulling her sister into the mix too. Good performance showing the lure of mystery. (7/10)

 

David Warbeck: Anton the young bachelor of the town who takes a shine to Maria even though he could have any of the girls from the town. He fights against the ways of the people to protect Maria from Gustav’s ways. Good performance in the solid supporting performance. (7/10)

 

Damien Thomas: Count Karnstein the rich, well connected member of the town who seduces the woman, but when he takes advantage of one of Gustav’s nieces he becomes the target of the town’s people. Good performance with the most charismatic character. (8/10)

 

Director Review: John Hough – Good direction to create a horror that we now see as a vintage classic hammer horror. (7/10)

 

Horror: Twins of Evil is a solid horror, doesn’t have jumps, but the actions of the people are scary. (8/10)

Settings: Twins of Evil uses well created settings to create an authentic time setting. (9/10)

Suggestion: Twins of Evil is one for the horror fans to enjoy, it is classic and you will enjoy. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Gustav catching up with Frieda.

Worst Part: Sometimes it’s hard to tell the twins apart.

Kill Of The Film: Frieda

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

Tagline: One uses her beauty for love! One uses her lure for blood!

 

Overall: Vintage Hammer Horror

Rating 75

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Release Date: Non set for UK

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Will I Be Watching? Yes

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My Anticipation Rating –70%

My Guess Rating – 90%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No