Twins of Evil
A religious sect led by Gustav Weil hunts all women suspected of witchcraft, killing a number of innocent victims. Young Katy, Gustav’s niece, will involve herself in a devilish cult, and become an instrument of Justice in the region.
I’ve always been a big fan of the Hammer Horror films, and Twins of Evil is one of my favourites. It helps that the film features a pair of very attractive twins, but that isn’t all I like about it, I like the fact that Peter Cushing is cast against type as a bad guy, at least that is how he first appears; his character is much more complex than is normal for him for you learn as the film continues that his intentions are good, it is his methods that are suspect.
As always, Cushing is fantatic, managing to perfectly portray a man who believes he is doing God’s work, despite his actions appearing evil. He is matched by Dennis Price as the school teacher Dietrich, Damien Thomas as Count Karnstein and Mary and Madeleine Collinson as the twins Frieda and Maria, all of whom put in very good performances, especially the twins who have to show a mix of innocence and evil that isn’t easy to pull off.
As is usual for the Hammer Horror films, a number of the cast have had their voices dubbed because they have accents, but unless you’re aware of this you don’t know it’s happened, which shows how well it was done. And there are occasions where the sets look a little less than perfect, which is hardly a surprise given that the film was made on a budget in the seventies, but overall the film holds up really well, far better in some cases than other films from the era.
Because I love horror films, vampires, sexy twins, Peter Cushing, Hammer Horror, and entertainment, which this film is, I’m giving it 4*, and calling it one of my favourite films from this classic studio.