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The Creepiest Twins on Film

Iconic British production studio Hammer Films rose to fame for their gothic horror films in the 1970s that featured titans of terror like Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing as vamps and slayers duking it out.

After Hammer’s first two movies in their Karnstein Trilogy — loosely based on J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s early vampire novella, Carmilla — Hammer set their sites on real-life twin Playboy Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson for part three. Twins of Evil arrives on Blu-ray today, and tells the story of sisters — one naughty, the other nice — that become seduced by a vampiric Count and grow a few fangs of their own.

Hammer’s raven-haired double threat weren’t the first on film to frighten audiences. Visit several other creepy movie twins after the jump.

The Shining

You can’t talk about creepy cinematic twins and not discuss The Shining’s Grady sisters, who terrorized the telepathic Danny Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film. Lisa and Louise Burns played the ghostly identical siblings, who appear merely as sisters in Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name. Kubrick made the characters famous, however. The filmmaker denied that Diane Arbus’ famous photo Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967 was a deliberate influence, but the resemblance is interesting.

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