Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Flesh and the Fury: X-posing Twins of Evil (2012)

Director: Daniel Griffith


Starring: Wayne Kinsey, Joe Dante, Kim Newman, Tim Lucas, Ted Newsom, James Carreras, Michael Style, David J. Skal, Christopher Frayling, John-Paul Checkett, Eric Hoffman, John Hough, Damien Thomas, Candace Cherie, Mattie Waters, Fiona Montagne

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The shocking story behind Hammer's most erotic vampire saga!

Plot:  This behind the scenes making of film covers a brief history of horror at Hammer and an in-depth look at the making of TWINS OF EVIL (1971).

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Made 40 years after TWINS OF EVIL (1971), this wonderful feature length documentary begins with a primer on the history of Hammer's horror pictures focusing on their big franchises (Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy) which serves as a nice lead in to how TWINS OF EVIL came to be.  Then it gets into the meat of it all covering all of the major aspects of the making of the film from the directing, writing, score, acting, special effects, cinematography and more.  There are lots of talking heads giving their stories and insight as well as vintage interviews with the major players.  The only major member of the cast we get to hear from is Damien Thomas who played Count Karnstein.  Any guess as to who is missing from this picture?  The TWINS OF EVIL themselves, Madeleine and Mary Collinson.  Why didn't they contribute?  Yeah, the '71 film was the last acting credit for both of them but they were the main draw for the film after all.  And what's more, no one even talks about what happened to the girls after the film.  They're certainly discussed in the documentary but it left me curious as hell as to their absence of contribution.  Despite that, it's a very informative and entertaining documentary and I highly recommend watching the original film and following it up with this one.

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