In 2021's The Evil Twin, the twin sister characters are played by one person. Emily and Charlotte are portrayed by Canadian native Emily Piggford. It's an impressive performance and for the life of me, I still can't figure out how the filmmakers pull that stuff off. I suppose it's blocking, stand-ins, tireless rehearsals, or mysterious tricks of the cinematic trade.
So yeah, "Evil Twin" is a Lifetime movie where the two sister personas are so dissimilar from each other you wouldn't even know they came from the same blood. I mean their looks are identical (obviously) but their psyches are completely unalike. Normally I'd call this premise dubious and convenient but hey, the film wouldn't exist without it.
Distributed by Lifetime television and taking place in a Mayberry town where everybody knows everybody, The Evil Twin chronicles antique store worker Emily (Piggford). After being in a strained relationship with her intense boyfriend, Emily decides to move back to her hometown to start anew. There, she encounters a twin sister she has never met (Charlotte). Charlotte is ugly on the inside while being conniving and without remorse. Instead of embracing long-lost sisterhood with Emily, Charlotte decides to make things worse for her. That includes murdering people on the side, stirring the gossip turd, and even cutting her hair the same way as Emily. Can't we all just get along!
All in all, The Evil Twin is a Lifetime pic that uses its veritable twin hook to really catch you off guard. It's the mano-a-mano of good vs evil. It's also a character study a la the notion of polar facing. Emily Piggford's way of deciphering the mannerisms of the two sisters is well, a big feat. Every scene has to be just right and despite "Evil Twin" being a little too coincidental for its own good, the flick doesn't cheat the audience in the way it all goes down. "Twin" win-win.
The Evil Twin
Action / Thriller
The Evil Twin
Action / Thriller
Escaping a physically abusive relationship, Emily North returns to her small hometown of Mill County, New York in reaching out to childhood friend Lenah. While Lenah puts her up at her house, Emily returns the favor by looking after Lenah's business, a vintage retail store, as Lenah leaves town to deal with some family matters. Emily receives what she considers unusual reactions from total strangers, it only upon discovering that she has a lookalike in town, Charlotte Palmer, the two, upon meeting, further discovering that they are long lost identical twins, although neither is aware of the reason of their separation in their respective adoptions. While not planned, Charlotte is able to use Emily for her own nefarious purposes, including murder, which not only places Emily into a living hell, but her life and those close to her in jeopardy, those close who include David, with who she has a budding romance, and David's adolescent daughter, Adalae. Emily's strongest line of defense in getting her life back solely as her own may be to find proof as to Charlotte having earlier murdered her married lover, Trevor Forsbeck, those suspicions the reason for those unusual reactions when Emily first arrived in town.
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