Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Twins of Evil: Which is the Virgin? Which is the Vampire?

Twins of Evil
Hammer Studios is renowned for its vampire pictures and this will be the first of three that I will feature here on Beasts in Human Skin during Hammer Horror WeekTwins of Evil is the third installment of the lesbian vampire themed Karnstein Trilogy of Hammer films, although this one offers little in the way of lesbian action.  It was preceded by Vampire Lovers and Lust for a Vampire and if you're looking for hot lesbian vampire action, those are the ones to watch.  However, Twins of Evil is my favorite of the three.

After being orphaned, two identical twin girls (Mary and Madeleine Collinson) move from Vienna to a small Central European village to live with their uncle Gustav (Peter Cushing) and his wife.  Gustav is a religious zealot and leader of a puritanical group called "The Brotherhood" that "purifies" the locals who perform sinful acts by burning them at the stake.  Both of the twin girls, Frieda and Maria are not happy with their new arrangements.  Frieda absolutely resents her uncle and his way of life and is attracted to the young Count Karnstein who lives in the castle overlooking the town.

"I find your lack of faith disturbing."
Count Karnstein comes from a long line of devil worshipers and in an attempt to emulate them and transcend the pleasures of the flesh, he performs a satanic rite, sacrifices a nubile blonde, and calls upon the Devil to give him power.  The Countess Mircalla, a vampire, appears and after a roll in the hay changes him into one of her kind.  Soon after, the count invites the curious Frieda to his castle where he turns her into a creature of the night and bloodthirsty cohort.  Meanwhile, the innocent Maria begins a courtship with the local schoolmaster who is educated in the folklore of vampirism but dismisses it as superstition and who condemns Gustav for his violent persecutions.  It becomes apparent that vampires truly are in the area draining girls of life and Gustav and the schoolmaster join forces to storm the castle, take on the Count, execute Frieda and cleanse the town of evil. 

Twins of Evil is worth watching just for Peter Cushing's performance alone.  He is intense.  But it's also a great movie and unlike Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde which promised to deliver shock after shock and then failed, the last twenty minutes of Twins of Evil did surprise me - especially Frieda's demise.  I definitely recommend this movie.  It's one of my favorite Hammer films.




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36 comments:

Raw said...

This one looks pretty fun, nice review!

Kicking Rocks said...

Thats insane!!! I bet it has a twisted ending!

The Angry Lurker said...

This is a good movie and well worth a watch if not a bit dated and very good Stars Wars reference in the picture of Cushing.

D4 said...

It seems so dramatic and serious..

Tyrone said...

I'll have to take a look man!

tearinox said...

epic animated lightning lol

Biff Tanner said...

Never seen this one ill have to check it out.

LeX said...

looks funny

Moob said...

these titles are so awesome.

Robert Fünf said...

Wait....If only one of them is evil, why does the title imply they both are?

Rob said...

Looks like its worth checking out.

Rob said...

haha great article, keep up the good work

Laughing Vault said...

hahaha this one sounds awesome

A Hermit said...

I haven't seen many Hammer films, one of my relatives likes them a lot

Erika said...

Looks hot 0_0

Bart said...

oh yeah, its getting more popular too, more and more mines are opening up as well. and 1.5k an oz. sweet.

Chip said...

Lol at the puritans :D

elexerdelex said...

I love twins! And a little evil can do no harm no?

By the way mate, when are you starting to pimp up the internet on your gentleman's relish?

amBored said...

vampire virgn then :D nice review thanks +followed

ed said...

doesnt look shocking enough

Jay.CA said...

you got me interested in this. :)

Bassislv said...

nice review, loving your new banner btw

Tasos said...

I would happily watch it if it was on the TV, but I wouldn't rent it on DVD. Looks alright though. Nice review

Shutterbug said...

I wish I had a twin... ;)

Chris said...

Wheres the booby rating? Thats what I look for to decide whether to check a movie out

LOB said...

Interesting movies! I'll have to check them out

Evan said...

good stuff man and a nice review

Aaron M. Gipson said...

My wife and I are expecting twin girls in two months...gonna have to keep an eye out on them. With all seriousness though, I am going to train them to be assassins...

Josh said...

Dig the eastern European pilgrim getups.

Garth said...

looks like a great film, i need to check it out.

thenitefalls said...

haha I like how surprised she gets when she looks in the mirror!

Innovations said...
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Sam said...

Love the poster!

Merlyy said...

Looks absolutely fabolous!

duffboi said...

I'll definitely check this out

duffboi said...

i got a chance to see this, and I enjoyed it really :)

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