Tuesday, January 28

Repertory Series ArchiveDead of Winter: Bloodsucking Freaks (2014)

Twins of Evil

Buy Tickets: 7:30 Brattle Passes Accepted

Buy the multi-feature ticket and see it with DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS for one low price.

(1971) dir John Hough w/Peter Cushing, Mary Collinson, Madeleine Collinson, Damien Thomas, Katya Wyeth [87 min; 35mm]
Vampire Girls Gone Wild! In this delicious culmination to Hammer Film’s luridly decadent lesbian vampire phase, orphaned twin sisters Frieda and Maria (played by identical twins and 1970 Playboy Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson) move from Vienna to the village of Karnstein, where they are taken in by their austerely puritanical witch-hunter uncle Gustav (Cushing). Meanwhile, jaded libertine Count Karnstein (Thomas) inadvertently resurrects his vampire ancestress Mircalla (Wyeth), who shows him how to have a really good time. And when the even racier Frieda, who has taken a fancy to the Count, slips away one night to visit the castle, the stage is set for a witch hunters vs. vampires showdown. – adapted from notes for the Film Society of Lincoln Center

“We may have moved far from the idea of a topless Playmate plunging glistening fangs into an unsuspecting, seduced neck, but the novelty is still being sold and to bigger dollar amounts than anyone would have considered in 1971.” Justin LaLiberty takes a closer look at TWINS OF EVIL, DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS, The Karnstein Trilogy and Hammer Films productions in his Brattle Film Notes essay