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Twins of Evil

1971

Twins of Evil
 

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Synopsis

"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.

Review

This 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.

But 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 uncle Gustav.

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.

Peter 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

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The Vampyreverse 10 January 2016 Copyright Andrew Heenan Privacy