The final film in the Karnstein Trilogy, though more of a prequel, is the best of the three and one of the last great Hammer films. The bar had started to drop for the famed studio in the late 60s and early 70s. As a result Hammer started to over-sex their brand and modernize their horror films. You wouldn’t expect Tudor Gates (writer of BARBARELLA) to clean up his act after THE VAMPIRE LOVERS and LUST FOR A VAMPIRE, but he did just that for TWINS OF EVIL. Well… cleaner I guess is a better word. Anyway, this is a really strong script and an oddly fascinating film. Hammer regular Peter Cushing gives a solid performance despite the constant strain he was under due to his wife’s illness. She died a short time later and sadly, Cushing never emotionally recovered from his loss.
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