Twins of Evil (1971) -John Hough

Hammer Films last film in the Karnstein trilogy, Twins of Evil, is the next film to sink my fangs into as I continue to explore John Landis’ Monsters in the Movies from DK Canada.

Boasting the casting of twin Playboy playmates, Mary and Madeleine Collinson as well as a fantastic performance by Peter Cushing the film is typical Hammer fare, heaving bosoms, blood, and fangs.

Freda (Madeleine) and Maria (Mary) arrive in a mid-European town, after their parents die in Venice. They room with their uncle, the fanatical Puritan leader, Gustav Weil (Cushing) who spends his nights hunting and burning witches, and hoping to stop vampirism that is plaguing their countryside.

But the cause may well lay in the castle above the town, its shadow hanging over the tiny hamlet. The home of Count Karnstein (Damien Thomas). He is protected by the Emperor, and Gustav is unable to touch him.

But the Count tires of life and seeks aid from Satan, and makes a bargain for his soul with the Dark Lord through one of his servants, Mircalla (this time played by Katya Wyeth), who turns her descendant into a vampire. Hearing of the twins, he is eager to meet them, especially if it causes Gustav pain. Freda in her turn is looking for an escape, and longs to meet the Count… and her dreams may just come true, and become nightmares.

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Maria is more reticent than her sister, but will either be safe from the Count or their fanatical uncle? Freda gives into the darkness and soon she becomes one of the undead.

Caught up in all of this is young Anton (David Warbeck) who is in love with Freda, who doesn’t want him, but Maria does. He doesn’t believe in vampires nor the puritanical beliefs of the village.

And if the Count wants both twins, you’d better believe he’s going to take them! And he may use one to set the other one up. Sisters betray one another, but will both end up dead before film’s end?

Cushing is great in this one, while the twins aren’t much in the way of actors… Still it is a Hammer Film, and good or bad, they are always worth a watch, as they are wonderfully bloody, and the vibrancy of the color looks great.

The heroes will triumph, and there will be bloods, breasts, and fangs before the film’s end.

This one was okay, best watched for the intensity of Cushing’s performance. Monsters in the Movies has been an absolute delight to work through, however, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

Pick up a copy yourself from DK Books, and find something macabre to watch tonight!

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