Twins of Evil (1971)
Director: John Hough
Where to get it: Synapse Films
Two beautiful orphaned identical twins, Maria and Frieda Gellhorn (Playboy centerfold models Mary and Madeleine Collinson), move to the village of Karnstein to live with their uncle Gustav Weil (played by Hammer horror favorite, Peter Cushing), a fanatical puritan and leader of the local witch-hunting “Brotherhood.” The village Count (Damien Thomas, Never Let Me Go), an evil man who secretly practices Satanism, uses black magic and transforms into a vampire. Unhappy with her new life, Frieda seeks escape and tragically falls under the spell of the Count. Now overcome with an insatiable hunger for human blood, Frieda has to hide her secret from her sister, and escape her uncle’s killing grasp!
Hammer films seem to always bring a form of gruesome class and innovation to the horror world. Twins of Evil is a cool little vampire flick that pushed the envelope of gore in its time and now its here on a DVD and Blu-ray combo from Synapse films. I had never seen this movie before now but it was far better than I had hoped for. We got a story of two twins, one clearly has a higher since of moral than the other, so soon one gets caught up in the mix with a local vampire while the other seems to be in the line of fire cue to people not being able to tell them apart. We end up with a film that has vampires, blood, people being burned, and naked women. I don’t know about how things go in your book, but that makes for a winner in my book.
If you are to go back and look at most horror films from 1971 you’ll notice that gore wasn’t in every film. The gore you see here is very nicely done and rather epic for its timeframe of being released. While some darker scenes do seem to have some noise in the picture, most of the scenes of this film look outstanding. As a matter of fact, it looks so nice in some spots you’d think this film was made more recently. So with Twins of Evil you get a great story, great acting, and a great transfer that comes with some very awesome features. Out of the Hammer films I’ve seen that Synapse has released I have to say that this one is now my favorite.
* THE FLESH AND THE FURY: X-POSING TWINS OF EVIL (84 mins.) – An all-new, feature-length documentary exploring Hammer’s infamous ‘Karnstein’ trilogy from the origin of Carmilla, to the making of TWINS OF EVIL! Featuring exclusive interviews with director John Hough, star Damien Thomas, cult film director Joe Dante, Video Watchdog editor Tim Lucas, and more!
* THE PROPS THAT HAMMER BUILT: THE KINSEY COLLECTION – Featurette (Blu-ray Exclusive)
* Motion Still Gallery (Blu-ray Exclusive)
* Deleted Scene (Blu-ray Exclusive)
* Original Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots (Blu-ray Exclusive)
* Isolated Music & Effects Track (Blu-ray Exclusive)