"Two beautiful orphaned twins move from Vienna to the
village of Karnstein to live with their uncle Gustav (Pete Cushing), a fanatical
puritan. Nearby, the Count of the village is performing a sacrificial rite, which
raises his ancestor, the vampire Countess. After she bites him, he too becomes
a vampire and sets off in search of victims. The teenage twins are the count's
next victims. Meanwhile, Uncle Gustav is leading a hysterical puritan witch-hunt
against the terror."
Starring alongside Dennis Price are Mary and Madeleine
Collinson, the first identical twins to feature in a Playboy centrefold.
final film of Hammer's Lefanu trilogy starts with a jolly bit of witchfinding,
then rapidly establishes the local Count as a less than nice chap; dealing with
the devil, it seems, arises as much from boredom as anything else.
a mild flirtation in the Vampyreverse inevitably leads to shaving difficulties,
as mirrors can't keep up with events. The count's fascination with the twins is
matched by Freda's fascination with him, and poor Maria has to cope with puritan
The plot moves very slowly, leaving the audience constantly
shouting "Get On With It", but Hammer do throw in almost every vampire
cliche. The Playboy twins are not really well employed; if one had gone off sick,
we'd never have known, as they rarely appeared on screen together.
Cushing, meanwhile is at his melancholy and melodramatic best, happy to burn anything
in a peasant's dress. Just think, if they'd had central heating, this movie might
never have been made!
The Hammer "LeFanu" Series