In nineteenth century middle-Europe, orphaned teenage twins Maria and Frieda go to live with their uncle Gustav Weil, who heads the Brotherhood, a vigilante group trying to stamp out vampirism. But their methods are random and misplaced and the only result is a terrorized populace. The real threat lies with Count Karnstein, and although the twins seem outwardly to be identical, Frieda finds herself much more drawn than her sister to the Count’s castle dominating the skyline. –IMDb
Talented and versatile director John Hough has had a long and eclectic career that encompasses everything from a sexy Hammer horror feature to more wholesome Disney family fare. Hough was born on November 21st, 1941 in London, England. Hough began his career in his early twenties working odd jobs on the sets of various London TV productions. Hough eventually secured himself a steady gig as an assistant director on the immensely popular cult TV series “The Avengers” and directed his first episode in 1968. Hough made his feature debut as director with the obscure Robin Hood item “Wolfshead.” He followed this picture with the stylish and suspenseful thriller “Eyewitness” and the fine Hammer chiller “Twins of Evil.” Hough maintained his stride with the spooky supernatural shocker “The Legend of Hell House” and the exciting drive-in car chase hit “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry.” He demonstrated his considerable range and skill with the delightful Disney sci-fi adventure “Escape to Witch Mountain”… read more
Beneath the lurid surface of its Pinewood sets, 'day-for-night' exteriors and shots of blood-soaked bosoms heaving in anticipation of sexual ecstasy, there's some pertinent commentary on the persecution of the innocent, religious hysteria and the general hypocrisy of those who commit unspeakable crimes for the benefit of some theoretical 'greater good.' Though not as rich in its observations as films like The Devils and The Village - which also deal with hysteria, fear-mongering and human exploitation - it's full-colour gothic melodrama and spirited performance from Peter Cushing create some lasting appeal.
Pay attention during the first crucial love scene. It moves like a mid-90s erotic thriller. Truly bizarre little anomaly in the middle of a great late period hammer film. If you can get behind a film that casts the first ever Twin playboy centerfolds, this one's for you.