Cult: 'Twins of Evil' – Hammer Films in the Sexy Seventies
With Peter Cushing and centerfolds Madeleine and Mary Collinson as the titular twins
Even with these problems, however, "Twins of Evil" earns its place in the Hammer canon of cult horrors. Director Hough presents a handsome picture with moody atmosphere and dramatic images. He curiously delivers more tease and décolletage than actual nudity, but he knows how to execute a set piece, whether it's a seduction by a voluptuous Playmate or the beheading of a vampire. The images of maidens burning at the stake are horrific and made all the more effective by the men gazing upon their power over these women who defy their sense of religious order. It both feeds and purges their repressed lust while Cushing, ever the true believer, prays for their redemption. Those moments are as arresting and affecting as anything in the Hammer hall of fame.
"Twins of Evil" makes its American disc debut on beautifully mastered Blu-ray+DVD Combo pack from Synapse. Mastered from a vivid, bright, undamaged print with only minimal artifacts, it is accurately presented at 1.66:1, with thin black horizontal bars on either side of the screen, with clean DTS-HD 2.0 mono sound.
Both the Blu-ray and DVD editions include the feature-length documentary "The Flesh and the Fury: X-Posing Twins of Evil," a well-made and information-packed production which, at 84 minutes, is almost as long as the film itself. The only real drawback to the production is that it reminds you of better films from the same source material.
Exclusive to the Blu-ray disc is the featurette "The Props That Hammer Built: The Kinsey Collection," a deleted scene, a motion still gallery, and an isolated music and effects track. Both discs include the original trailer but the Blu-ray features bonus TV spots.