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  • The Random-Ass Interview II: Sylvia Soska and Jen Soska

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    Confession. I prefer a lot of sequels to the originals. The Unforgiven II, Murmaider II: The Water God, Blade 2, Predator 2, Aliens. So, when I found out I could do another interview with The Twisted Twins, The Soska Sisters, The Terrible Twosome (I made that one up) I jumped, again, at the chance.

    Only fitting to have a second interview with twins. However, I’ve never had any one make it to the second round. I’m going to have to get even weirder for this one. Or just make it longer. I’ll probably just make it a longer interview.

    I did not prefer Bad Boys 2, but this shit just got real.

    You two were the first ones to pop my interview cherry. Does the term “interview cherry” make you uncomfortable?

    S: I rather like it. There have been a few interview cherries we’ve popped since popping yours and I’m beginning to feel like a Mrs. Robinson in that regards. Maybe it’s because I have a birthday coming back. Either way, thank you for having us back!

    J: I take a real pleasure in your interview deflowering and my part in it. I hope I was gentle. I don’t think I called after. I’m such a dick.

    All joking aside, it’s been roughly two years since we first, um, wrote words back and forth to each other. You have a new film out, and you’ve gone through a lot in those two years. So, I’m sure the question on everyone’s minds is…
    Do you have a third deformed twin you keep chained up in your basement you feed fish heads, and only release to film inserts, and to edit, and do rewrites?

    S: No one is supposed to know that. I mean, no comment.

    J: Oh. I wasn’t joking. And everything you’ve heard about Bertha’s existence is a vicious rumor. She’s actually quite charming.

    Why do people use the phrase walking on eggshells? Doesn’t this analogy imply that in a normal day, you would be able to walk on eggshells without cracking them? That’s impossible, unless you are a small creature.

    S: It is silly, isn’t it? I remember reading that humans used to be much smaller, shorter, tinier people. Maybe when the term originated, humans could in fact walk on eggshells during socially awkward situations whilst feeling uncomfortable.

    J: And why wouldn’t you just throw out the egg shells? Are they, like, from cooking? Put that shit in the trash. No one likes a mister messy.

    Doesn’t this interpretation also imply that a person is like a weak, crackly membrane you can break?
    Or, is it just to describe the sound? In that case, why not use the phrase walking on thin ice, or walking on broken glass, like that song?

    S: I like just announcing, well this is awkward. I’m an awkward person so I usually feel like that in any social interaction, thank God I have Jen who can behave like a normal, functioning human being.

    J: I like the phrase “walking on thin ice.” To picture it, it looks beautiful and often when you trek out on thin ice you’re gleefully unaware of your situation.

    Favorite sandwiches?

    S: BLT, but with jalapeños. I put spicy shit in everything.

    J: Egg salad. I eat them so rarely they’ve become this great delicacy to me. I love Beef Dips! With garlic butter and a little horse radish. Delish.


    Favorite Canadian thing?

    S: Deadpool. He’s my babes.

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    J: To prevent a comic cat fight, though I bow to the magnificent magnificence of Deadpool, I’ll say Wolverine. We got the two best heroes.

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    Favorite version of The Thing?

    S: John Carpenter’s THE THING. If some moron didn’t decide that CGI had to be put over ADI’s awesome prosthetics in the newest one, someone might have actually been able to enjoy it.

    J: John Carpenter’s! By far! The new one without CGI over all the beautiful work that ADI did would have been stunning. You can see it here:

    Do you like Thing from The Addams Family?

    S: I like the Charles Addams’ cartoon version better. Originally he was a decapitated head that rolled through the mansion. Isn’t that fantastic?

    J: Yes, we prefer head. Um… yeah, I’ll stand by that.

    Do you still plan to try and make an Addams Family film someday, or have you given up on that?

    S: Very much so, but you have to have a certain type of resume to pitch a project like that because it is such a money maker. It’s property of Paramount and that’s a studio that we have only begun meeting rad people in. We have a story for a Charles Addams original take film version. I think what he was going for with the cartoon strips is vastly interesting and the best way to go about with making a new film. I don’t even care if it’s me that does it, I just want to see the original take come to life.

    J: We would love to. Of course, we don’t own the rights, but if we could work with Paramount one day to bring them to life in a way that embraces Charles Addams’ original work, we’d be delighted. It’s very possible. If a thousand people write to Paramount and ask them to get us to make an Addams Family film or if the online world starts a massive petition, it could happen sooner than you think. The power is always in the hands of the people.

    Have you ever watched the show All That , which was on Nickelodeon in the 90s?

    S: Nope. I was more of a DARKWING DUCK woman myself and those rad X-MEN 90s cartoons.

    J: I missed it. If Sylvie didn’t watch it, I didn’t. BIG Darkwing fans, though. Anything superhero and we were all over it. I remember watching the line up with X-men on Saturday mornings. Much of that was more accurate and true to the comics than most of the films. It’s really too bad to see them stray so far from the characters that we love. The characters and stories from the comics are the whole reason they even have a fan following. Oops, geek rant out of nowhere. It happens.

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    Favorite thing from the 90s?

    S: My lovebird, Bobo. But in the 90s world, it was the Smashing Pumpkins.

    J: Buffy The Vampire Slayer. That show had a huge impact of me and played a big part in me becoming the woman that I am today. And explains why a spend so much time in graveyards with pointy things.

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    Favorite thing from the 80s?

    S: Being born. That was awesome. That and the Tim Burton Batman movies. I saw BATMAN RETURNS in the theater and it was one of the coolest experiences of my life.

    J: BATMAN RETURNS and WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT. Also, pretty much every piece of music to come out of the 80s.

    Does Eli Roth always have crazy eyes?

    S: Crazy intelligent. The man is brilliant, an encyclopaedia of everything cool in the genre.

    J: Like in THE LIFE AQUATIC? When Steve Zissou had the crazy eye? I’ll say yes. The man’s crazy like a fox.

    Do you know what part of Massachusetts he’s from? I’m sure I could Google it, I’m just lazy.

    S: I could Google that, but I thought Boston. I know it’s the east coast. I think.

    J: Newton! And I Googled that so no one be proud of me or anything.

    Why is Katharine Isabelle so awesome? Is she awesome? She seems pretty awesome?

    S: It’s like ridiculous how awesome she is. Like with the level of talent she has and good looks, you’d think there has to be something wrong with her. You know, to balance it out. But after making the film with her, traveling to promote the film, and everything in between, she’s down to earth, hilarious, and just awesome. It must be witchcraft.

    J: Yeah, yeah. It’s PROBABLY witchcraft. She’s so cool you wouldn’t believe it. She’s accidentally hilarious as she claims she’s never intentionally funny. She’s fun to be around and just an all around amazing human being. She’s smart, she’s outgoing, she’s caring, and she’s not hard on the eyes. She’s awesome incarnate.

    Do either of you practice with throwing…is ninja stars the correct term? Is that an offensive term? Iduhknow?

    S: Jen’s the weapons expert. I just look like her. When you are a twin and your sister is so good at shit like that, everyone looks at you like so why don’t you know that shit?

    J: Yeah! I smuggled them in from LA to Vancouver cuz you can’t get them here! And allow me to extend my most sincere thanks to the ever watchful US border patrol.

    Has Freddy Mercury come back from the dead to visit either of you yet? I actually got a lot of traffic the last time I had the picture of Freddy Mercury on the site, so I’m probably going to insert a picture of him below your answer again.

    S: I fucking wish. The world needs Freddy Mercury more than ever these days.

    J: WHY has no one attempted to raise him from the dead?? I LOVE Freddy. He was one of a kind. There is no one living or dead that was everything he was. That voice, that presence, that sass. Freddy was the real deal. Oh, now I’m missing Freddy. If ghost or spirit Freddy is reading this or some necromancer with the ability to raise him is, come on over. We’ll have a few drinks and call over some cute boys.

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    Do you like David Bowie? (Obvious ploy to bump traffic by inserting David Bowie picture.)

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    I love David Bowie. I like his earlier stuff though. David Bowie, David Bowie, David Bowie. (There, that’ll get me some more traffic.)

    S: Jen once put up a picture of a cyclops kitten and it got like an insane amount of traffic. You should put it up and see what happens. Buffy is big for traffic too. David Bowie is the man. I dig this stuff.

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    J: ha ha, put up a picture and tag for Buffy the Vampire Slayer for my 90s answer, too. That was the only other thing I’ve written that anyone really gave a shit about. I lie and say that it’s because it was a well written article, but I’m just living a lie.

    Favorite website that isn’t this one, because this one sucks?

    S: This one. Wait, this one isn’t an option? Dammit. I read WWTDD.com a lot. It makes me lol.

    J: eFukt. It’s a lol and a half. The editing is clearly done by someone having fun with his job. Also, if the name doesn’t give it away, it’s NSFW.


    What do you think of self-deprecation? Is it endearing, or self-defeating?

    S: You never want to be too high on yourself, so it’s a good thing. I’m a self-laothing artist, so I have to believe it’s a good thing.

    J: Defeating, ultimately. You have to cut yourself a break. It’s one thing if it’s done in jest or for the sake of humor. But you gotta love yourself, flaws and all. That’s true love. Anyone can love you for your good traits, but real love is when you love the flaws all the same.

    I love you Sean. I love you too, Sean. Make sweet love to me Sean. Not now, I’m not in the mood, Sean. You’re never in the mood anymore Sean. Look can we not fight, Sean!
    Um, moving along…

    What do you think of narcissism? I have absolutely none. I just know that I’m a really sexy, funny, fiercely intelligent James Bond like person. And I am the best writer ever. Better than that prick Dickens.

    S: My narcissism balances out my self-loathing so I can somewhat function.

    J: It’s a fun word to say and usually chock full of charm. I like people who come out and say they’re narcissistic. At least they’re also honest and comfortable in who they are.

    Do you have any advice for up and coming directors, or writers, or creative of any kind? I guess what I’m trying to ask is, how do I sell this novel about Gophers who make a plane and fly to Serbia? Look for Gophers Fly to Serbia out this summer from Bullshit Made up Press.
    Look it up, it’s a real small press.

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    S: I would say make a film that you would pay to go see in the theatres, but not a film only you would want to pay to see. Right now, the technology is at a point where anyone can make a film and they do, but what defines people and projects from one another is the stories they tell and most importantly how they tell them. A lot of people want to work in film and decide, well I’ll just make a film. But why? Why does your film need to exist? What is it saying? I apply this to everything I read and a lot of scripts and films don’t have any reason worth existing. It’s just a found footage or zombie or everyone dies thing without a voice and without a soul. Find your story and your ‘why’ and work your ass off, dedicate everything you have into your film, don’t give up, and you will be successful. I’m looking forward to your gopher film adaptation. Animal attacks are big business.

    J: Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it. We did it and there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t do it for yourself. Don’t wait around for someone to come along and make it happen for you. Don’t bitch that you can’t get funding. It’s tough for everyone and people are not likely to take a chance on an unknown and unproven filmmaker. You have to show them what you’re capable of. Go out there and make your own movie. Come up with something, some concept, that really excites you because you will be talking about it for the rest of your life and it will have to drive you. Write a list of your assets. It will amaze you how much you have available. People who will come out and help, people who will act for you, wardrobe you own, props, exotic animals, a business or a friend’s business, a local church, your school, just anything. Write it all out and try to put as much of that stuff that you have into your film to bring up your production value. Welcome advice. Someone telling you your film is the bees knees won’t help you improve it. You need to be able to take criticism, especially in the editing process. If something isn’t working or if people bring up the same thing over and over again, you’re not getting what you want across right. You have to change it up or cut it. Be critical with yourself. Be your own hardest critic. By the time you show your work to someone and its less than perfect, you’ve already made your first impression. And please choose a title that sticks out. there’s a lot of competition out there. You owe it to yourself to set yourself apart from the rest.


    Are either of you Unforgiven II? (Hey, the numbers just went up again, what do you know?!)

    S: Look at how smart you are.

    J: I hope so! I want those outfits. I wonder what’s going on there.

    Favorite comic series of the moment, other than something with Deadpool in it? Y’all be obsessed with some Deadpool.

    S: Not Deadpool written by either Daniel Way or Brian Posehn? Dan Schaffer’s DOGWITCH is brilliant. Feminist punk rock attitude with a female lead that is multi-dimensional very much a real woman whilst being a hardcore witch with wild mood swings that doesn’t give a fuck. A big recommendation for any comic nerd to check out.

    J: I’ll read anything with Daken in it, Wolverine’s hot as hell, badass bud guy, bi~sexual son. He’s such a complex and brilliant character. You think, “oh, Wolverine has an edgy son? That’s gotta be lame” but I’ve fallen in love with him in a way I didn’t think I could love any new characters. He was created by Daniel Way. He’s recently been killed and written just AWFULLY by Rick Remender in UnCanny X-Force. I’m pretty pissed about not only how he was written but by how see-through emotionally manipulative his death was. Total turd of turds. Not as bad as SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN, but not far off. I guess I can’t expect a “second stringer” characters to be treated respectfully when ol’ Spidey gets killed because they ran out of ideas. It’s BRAND NEW DAY bad. And… oh, look. Another nerd rage rant. You’re lucky today 🙂

    Have you ever broken a heel on set? I have.
    Wait, I mean…

    S: I can’t remember, I feel like maybe and if so, it was duct taped and we went on with the day. Good for you for knowing we wear heels everyday to set and life.

    J: Actually never! I have fallen hard on my ass more times than I’d like to admit running in heels, though, thank you very much. At least I have good cushioning…

    Did you think of that comment above as a gay porn joke, or as a transvestite joke?

    S: I’m shocked when I hear a man hasn’t dressed in drag or worn heels. I’ve worn pants before, it’s no big.

    J: I think everyone looks better in heels. It’s a great work out, strengthens all those lovely leg muscles, and puts your bum where it should be. Just awesome.

    Do you think Tom Hardy is dreamy? (Holy shit, my site just exploded!) Seriously though, man can act. Film Drunk called him “pillow lips,” in some article about the new Mad Max, and I’ve started to refer to him the same way. I know y’all love you some Fassbender.

    S: Katie loves Tom Hardy, Jen loves Michael Fassbender. I think both are cool actors. I really don’t know if there is anyone I’d say is super dreamy. I have more of a thing for directors.

    J: I love me some sweet sweet Fassbender. It love him for being the most talented actor living right now. I’m blown away by everything that he does. Whether he’s Magneto or an android or a sex addict, he is 100% there. After SHAME came out, everyone thinks I just love him for his endowments, but I maintain that there is a very talented man connected to that member.

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    What’s your favorite horror film you’ve seen recently?

    S: THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEIGH. It’s coming out with MARY in a part of Raven Banner and Cineplex Entertainment’s Sinister Cinema Horror Series in Canada, so Canucks should definitely hit up the theatre to check it out. It’s very mature and atmospheric filmmaking, I just loved it.

    J: Same! I was blown away by it!!

    Favorite horror film of 2012?

    S: DREDD. I watch that shit all the time as a treat for myself. Shitty day, watch DREDD. Awesome day, watch DREDD.

    J: Are we allowed to say DREDD? I guess, fuck it, it’s our answer. It’s ours to abuse however we want. DREDD. And PITCH PERFECT!! And, oh yeah, AMERICAN MARY, ha ha

    If you had the choice of coming back from the dead as a vampire, but you had to drink the blood of kittens, would you?

    S: Sure, man. I have no soul. Sorry kittens.

    J: Sadly, yes. I would totally value getting to hold a kitten so often.

    How many cats do you have?

    S: I have Buffy, a tortoise shell kitty that lives with my parents, and Logan, a maine coon, that lives with me. When we moved into our apartment, we didn’t have a yard for our outside kitties, so they stayed at our folks’, then Jen claims a home isn’t a home without a kitty, so we bought a brother and sister.

    J: Four? Yeah, for. Elektra is my kitty here at home. She’s a Calico and they’re supposed to be good luck for artists. So everyone go out and by one now, ha ha
    Was any of your family in American Mary? I thought I saw another Soska credited other than you two, but wasn’t sure…

    S: Both of my parents were. My dad was Dr. Janusz and my mom was the female officer in the end of the film.

    J: Yeah! What she said!

    If a woman hater learned magic, would he be a misogamystic?

    S: Yeah, but he’d be harmless. All of his spells would have to occur while his head is firmly up his own ass, so that would be a challenge for him.

    J: Oh!! New word creation! That’s fan~fucking~tastic!!

    What, or who, are you doing for Women in Horror Month?

    S: We did our Massive Blood Drive PSA and shared some articles on inspirational women in the industry. It’s really cool to see how far the event has grown. It’s nice to be a part of that supportive community and it’s a great time to learn about female artists in the industry that you might have not known about before.

    J: Always our PSAs and donating blood. I’m a wuss. I make sure I donate at LEAST once a year, though. And I try to make connections with new artists and learn about ones that I didn’t know about before.

    I seem to have harped on a show I’ve never watched called Bananas in Pajamas more than is healthy for these Random-Ass Interviews. So, time for a new obscure show I’ve watched very little to ask weird questions about.
    Why was the dragon so dumb on Eureka’s Castle?

    S: I never saw that. But to answer the question, I would say overcrowding in public schools and not enough one on one attention for student dragons that are struggling with the material.

    J: I never saw it. Maybe he was just misunderstood.

    Worst movie you’ve seen lately?

    S: SILENT HILL 2. There was not a single redeemable moment or quality in the film. Nothing. They should have taken the money that went into it and sent it to a third world country because they obviously had no ability to make a film with it.

    J: Oh, YEAH!! Even bad would have said it was bad. Not a single, “hey, that’s alright” moment. Pure crap. Not even worth watching for the car accident that it is.

    I saw it. I can confirm this.

    Favorite Hungarian phrase?

    S: Hungarian has the most vast collection of cuss words that goes everywhere from bestiality to sodomy to incest to scat to what have you. A hungarian can cuss for minutes and never repeat the same obscenity. I think we safe guard that by having one of the most difficult languages to speak. I can’t spell worth shit in Hungarian, but the one that is translated ‘horse dick up your ass’ is a favourite insult.

    J: Korva. It can be used at any time for any reason.

    Can you say anything about your next film, or is it in the hush stages right now?

    S: There are a few that we are focusing our efforts on, but BOB is the one that we are hoping to be filming this year. The tagline is: ‘There’s a monster inside all of us, sometimes it gets out.’ It’s a an original monster movie that will have some pretty fucking rad practical effects from Masters FX.

    J: What she said. And also it’s going to be the greatest and best movie ever made ever. That is all.

    In American Mary, did he ask “titties and shrimp?” or “shrimp and titties?” I can’t remember.

    S: Titties and shrimp. Mary’s chic apartment was right by a strip club where the cast and crew went for a titties and shrimp lunch while shooting, except I don’t think they had shrimp but claimed to have our city’s best burger.

    J: Titties come before shrimp.

    In American Mary, I’d like to think Billy made it to Vegas. This is not a question, shit.

    S: Billy and Mary have both gone as far as they can in their situations in that bar scene. Billy would have definitely made it to LA. At least eventually.

    J: Billy for sure left Seattle. He had to get out and away, start something new. He never intends to come back and doesn’t want to know what happens to Mary if she stays behind. He knows it’s nothing good.


    Worst email you’ve ever received, if you’re up for the telling. If not, funniest email you can remember you’ve received, and or text?

    S: Death threats are unpleasant. I think the more you grow your audience, especially if you are so out there like Jen and me, that there are some crazies that want to bring you down. Theses are people that don’t really know you, but something they’ve seen or read or maybe something they’ve made up in their heads have given them their own justification to hate you. I see what other people in the industry that are far more well known than Jen and I have to go through and it’s not something I like about the job.

    J: Death threats, probably. Or the crazy “who even writes this” stuff. We’re in a business where people hate you for just doing your job and because they don’t like you or your films. It’s insane. Why would anyone hate a perfect stranger? After all, we’re perfect.

    Thanks again for answering my weirdness. On a serious note, you inspired me to keep my ass actually writing, so thanks for that. It’s not always an easy gig. I mean, I’m running out of weird questions! That and the whole lack of pay and long hours thing. Either way, keep kicking ass. Take no prisoners.

    S: This was one of the most entertaining and awesome interviews that I have had the pleasure of being a part of, don’t ever stop writing.

    J: Dude, thank YOU!!!

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  • American Mary and its Anesthetic Properties

    It is rare, but there are times when I leave a theater, or shut off my TV, and don’t want to talk to anyone. My thoughts race, yet simultaneously, it feels like I’m doped to the gills. I’ve decided to call this phenomenon “movie daze.” Time after time a movie ends, and this high is not achieved. I need a stronger drug than the usual that’s been filtering through my eyes into my cerebral cortex to achieve my blissful “movie daze.” After all, I’ve been an addict for years. The same stuff isn’t going to work as well.

    And then along comes Mary…

    Sophomore efforts often prove a difficult affair for filmmakers. Especially when they have a successful feature film. Should they chose to stick to the same exact themes, and match the style that made their first film so well received? Or, should they switch tones, and show the world they are capable of multiple notes? This is a risky move. Fans have come to expect a certain kind of film.

    The Soska sisters, known as The Twisted Twins, Jen and Sylvia, decided to go for broke, and switch things up. The results are breathtaking.

    Katherine Isabelle plays Mary Mason, a broke med school student strapped for cash. She’s going to get the boot from school, and never fulfill her dreams of becoming a surgeon, unless she can find some money, and fast.

    She sees an ad online for a gig at a strip club. And from there, through sheer happenstance, she is introduced into the world of unlicensed surgery. Mainly of the body modification kind. The type of work regular surgeons just won’t do.

    Having been a fan of Isabelle for a while (see creepy joke post below) I can say without a doubt that this is her finest performance. She is vulnerable, yet capable of a ferocity so unnerving it’s eerie, all with just a look, or a specific tone to her voice, or just through her posture. Its all usually quite subtle. Yet, there are times she blows the roof off the fucking house, and cries with all the fury of a woman pushed past the brink of sanity. She is equally magnetic and repellent. Sympathetic, and so far gone you don’t even want to imagine her headspace. Even then, she still gets our empathy once the blood has stopped spurting.

    Her supporting cast is just as compelling, from strip club owner Billy Barker (Antonio Cupo) the sleazeball with a heart of gold, to Lance Delgreggo (Twan Holliday) the muscle, with a love of shrimp, and intimidation. Stripper turned Betty Boop-alike, Beatress Johnson (Tristan Risk) and her high-pitched impersonation of the cartoon character from the 30’s makes an excellent on screen pairing for Mary. She, more than any other character, represents the world of body modification, and the strange, yet understandable desires of its patrons. For after all, under the scarring, the surgery, and the rest, they’re just like you and me. Ruby Realgirl (Paula Lindberg) does an excellent job, despite having some of the least screen time in the film.
    And let’s not forget the real monster in this flick, Dr. Grant (David Lovgren) who seems like a hard working instructor, and surgeon, until we discover…well, that’s for you to find out.

    The practical effects in AM are gore-geous. Todd Masters and the aptly named MastersFX are truly disgusting. Yet, this isn’t a gore-fest like say, A Serbian Film. The violence is subtle, often just hinted at, or cut away from. When the leakage and cuts are shown they are unnerving, yet the time they aren’t shown, when the imagination fills in the gaps are almost worse. Don’t think the Soskas don’t realize this. They know how to get under your skin. How to leave a lasting scar.

    The growth between their first film, and this film is incredibly impressive. Not only is the tone much darker, but the camera work has switched from a cinema verite style, to a much more stable style of camera work. It’s nice, especially in this world of found footage-athons, and shaky cam films which block out the sun. Imagine it, skillful framing, and shots designed to hold an image in the frame, and not zoom right the Hell past it before we can even appreciate the composition. Truly surgical precision is used in these shots. The cinematography is inspiring, and all praise goes to Brian Pearson for that.

    There are still great one-liners, but the writing has also evolved. We are still treated to some familiar Soska themes and devices. The film stays true to the style they’ve developed, yet shows a whole new shade of black, all the more obsidian. If Dead Hooker was cooked medium, American Mary is positively charred.

    I really enjoyed the music in American Mary. I must admit, I’m always nervous about movie scores, and song selection. Some of my favorite films have songs I just loathe in them. There wasn’t one song in AM I hated.

    When you see a truly great film, it gives you strength to keep slogging through the mediocrity. You keep searching for that next big fix, the one which will leave you satiated, at least for a time. American Mary is a unique stroll down a dark alleyway, in which you find terrifying things, yet you can’t turn away. It is horrifying, yet beautiful. Disgusting, yet delicious.

    And most importantly, it administers a remarkably high dosage, to keep you buzzed. Eventually the euphoria will pass, and you’ll find yourself with an intense craving for the next flick from the Soska sisters.

    I’m quite itchy ladies, hurry up and bring us another hit.


  • There is a dead body in the trunk…with drugs! Dead Hooker in a Trunk Review

    I’ve now watched Dead Hooker in a Trunk twice, once at the All Things Horror Screening several months back, and yesterday in my apartment. Now, I’ll be the first to admit, that a lot of the time, I can see a film in the theater, and end up disappointed on the second viewing. Suddenly what I thought was jaw-dropping due to its composition, turns out to have just been jaw-dropping due to its sheer volume, and the size of the images. Not so with Dead Hooker in a Trunk, the debut film from the gore-geous Soska sisters. Let me get this out of the way right now. I talk with these women a lot on FB, but trust me when I tell you I’m going to be honest in this review. They will get no preferential review treatment, as no one else will. So, be forewarned, just because I’m friendly with you on social networking sites, does not mean I will blindly praise everything that you do. That’s not fair to me, and most importantly it’s not fair to the film makers. After all, how can you hope to grow artistically, if everyone just kisses your ass, and tells you everything you do is “excellent.”
    Watching Dead Hooker in a Trunk is a fun experience. It’s equal parts black comedy, and independent horror film. DHIAT has some of the most quotable lines I’ve heard in a film in quite a while. Here are some that tickled my fancy…
    “There is a Dead Body in the trunk…with drugs!”
    “Just sow it up or something…like a quilt.”
    “I had to miss my youth group meeting for this shit?!”
    And those are just the ones I happened to write down, so I wouldn’t mis-quote. I still might have misquoted, I’m damn near deaf from all the fucking heavy metal.
    The Soska sisters each do a fine job of acting, in the movie that they wrote and directed, which is no easy feat. Jen Soska plays Geek, aptly named, and Sylvia Soska plays Bad Ass, also aptly named. CJ Wallis plays Goody Two-Shoes, a Jesus obsessed youth group member that slowly turns into a foul mouthed, quick tempered man by the end of the film, but you would too if you had to deal with disposing of a body while you vomited through out most of the process. Rikki Gagne turns in an awesome performance as Junkie as well, and in case you hadn’t guessed it already, yes, the character names pretty much describe the character traits.
    Most of the film is shot in a hand held style, which adds an almost documentary style realism to the insane happenings that occur over its 92 minute run time. The use of lighting is dynamic, and compliments the grim events that occur. There was only one sequence that really bothered me near the beginning of the film, where Bad Ass slams on the brakes and spins the car around, and then we cut back to the car full of people, and they are completely still. So that one didn’t exactly match up, but considering this is a first film, far worse could have occurred.
    I don’t know how else to describe the pace of this movie, other than that it switches from a coke high, to a weed high, back and forth. Fast, then slow and methodical, then back to fast. Woo doggy!
    I hate to have to bring this up, but then if I don’t, I’m not following the unwritten oath of the critic, to never give bullshit opinions. I was not a fan of a lot of the songs used in the film. That’s not to say they don’t fit with the actions on screen, all of the songs do. Most of the non-score based songs just happen to be a screamo type style that I personally can’t stand. But, again, my musical taste is far from mainstream, considering most of what I listen to now is just ear shattering screams and double bass. So, I’m sure that many of you will have no problem with these songs. In any case, I have all sorts of films I love, that contain all sorts of songs that I hate. Sometimes, people just have different taste in music. You can either accept it, or not watch any movies at all.
    If you want a hilarious, hyper, b movie throw back that shows off beautiful Vancouver, and has plenty of dead hookers, look no further than Dead Hooker In A Trunk. And keep your eyes open for any other projects these two Twisted Twins work on in the future. You’re sure to be seeing a fuck load of them.


  • Random-Ass Interview: Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska

    So, much to my surprise people actually read this site. I’ve only had it up for a few months, so the fact that anyone at all visits is still a shock and delightful realization. What’s even more shocking, is the other day I messaged the gore-geous Soska sisters, the Twisted Twins themselves Sylvia and Jen, both of whom wrote, directed, and starred in the fun indie black comedy horror film Dead Hooker in a Trunk, and are working on the upcoming American Mary, and asked if they would like to do a “random ass interview” with me, and they agreed. So without further adieu, I present to you, my first random ass interview. Enjoy. And if you want to check out what The Twins are serving up, go he-are. Twisted Twins Productions

    If you could be any kind of monster, what kind would you want to be?

    S: It’s funny, because Jen and I have a monster pact. If either of us gets turned into a vampire, or werewolf, or succubus, or whatever – we turn the other, because then we both get to be terrors together. I like those super killers with other worldly powers – like Freddy and Michael Myers. That would work for me. I just love the slow walk and how they play with their pray – there is such a level of showmanship to it.

    J: I’d like to be a werewolf! That would be fuckin’ awesome. But I’d want to be the type of werewolf that could have control of its transformations and has enhanced strength and senses in its human form and regains its human intelligence and self control during its transformation. Werewolves are just so primal and instinctive. There’s something very cool about that.
    Or I’d be Dark Willow, ha ha…. No, seriously.

    Have you ever fucked around with people, in Parent trap type fashion? By that, I mean have you ever pretended to be each other, for your own amusement?

    S: I once dated this guy and it was just not at all what I wanted. Every time I even got close to ending it, I got the waterworks. So, I asked Jen to do it for me. She would pretend to be me, dump the guy, and take no shit. I also didn’t exactly prep for the tears. Yeah. She broke up with him and he cried for ever and Jen still did it. I still owe her for that one, she’s been saving it for years.

    J: It’s true! That was awful! Sylvie still totally owes me. MOST of the time we’re very nice when people ask us “twin questions”, but on occasion we’ll bullshit them about having super psychic powers. We do have a very strange link and can “feel” each others’ emotions and stress, but we’re far from ready to join the X-men.

    What’s your favorite movie with an animal as one of the stars? For example, Dunston Checks In, Milo and Otis, Any Which Way But Loose.

    S: I really enjoyed the Mastif in TURNER AND HOOCH who played Hooch. I won’t spoil the end for anyone who has yet to see it, but be prepared for a quality you have to partner up with a dog, cop movie starring Tom Hanks. It’s rad.

    J: I really liked BABE. When Babe gets sick and Farmer Hoggett sings to him, it just melts my twisted little heart.

    So, I read you have stunt training? Have you ever tried, and or do you participate in any extreme sports?

    S: We have done a fair bit of mixed martial arts which involved sparring – which was really fun and challenging. I can’t really say I’ve gotten to do any extreme sports. We love jet-skiing, but haven’t been able to go in a while and wake boarding behind the ski which is funny because without my wet suit, I’d be in trouble. I don’t know how to swim.

    J: We’re pretty big adrenaline junkies. We love doing things that scare us. We’ve trained in martial arts. I collect weapons and have trained with them as well. I wish we had more time to do some extreme sports. We have several of them on our “buckets lists”. I’d love to go sky diving and rafting. We really haven’t had the opportunity to do enough of them. I’d love to get a motorcycle some day. One of those little badass crotch rocket ones…

    Do you remember in the 90’s when the word extreme was fucking everywhere?

    S: Ha ha. Yes. We grew up (our teen years) in the 90s. I’m sure I’m too judgmental about it and maybe one day the 90s will be a secret love, but there was a lot of strange language, fashion, and pop culture in that decade. It seems like a colorful mess, but not in the fun way that the 80s was.

    J: It was pretty extreme. Ha ha ha…

    I’m sure you’ve been asked this already, but what do you think of the film, Ginger Snaps?

    S: I loved GINGER SNAPS. That was the movie that made us agree to our monster pact. If Jen became a werewolf, so would I – we’re buddies like that. As for the actual film, I think it was incredibly well done – the story, the acting, and the effects were top notch and it was such a chic, cool film. CJ (Wallis) actually knows Katharine Isabelle (the lovely actress that plays Ginger) from working on various projects and she’s fucking awesome.

    As a Canadian horror film maker, GINGER SNAPS remains the biggest thing to have come out of our country in the genre. It was smart, trendy, and cool – well deserving of all its success. We’re hoping to have our new film, AMERICAN MARY, come out on the same level as their film. It’s been too long since something has come out of Canada and had a big release.

    J: I agree! We watched it and were all like, “what’s your problem, other sister? Your sis is a werewolf now. Get her to bite you and start your pack.” I believe we made that promise to one another while watching that film. If either of us ever gets bitten, we just bite the other one and start our new existences together.

    If you had to watch one movie three times a day, for a month straight, which one would you choose?

    S: Depends on my mood. If I want to have a good ole time, I’d watch my favorite film AMERICAN PSYCHO. I have watched the holy hell out of that movie. SUICIDE CLUB is a very close second, maybe even first pick. It’s so beautiful and strange. I wish I had made it – it’s just so weird and entrancing.

    J: Oh, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT for sure. It’s my favorite movie. It’s the first film I remember falling in love with. If they ever make a good METAL GEAR SOLID film (and I really hope several are made), it would be that for sure.

    American Mary looks to be a shift tonally from Dead Hooker. Without giving anything away, how would you describe the tone of American Mary?

    S: That’s a very accurate observation. AMERICAN MARY is going to be a lot more intentional and calculated than DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK. DHIAT was this insane story with all these stereotypes that got sucked into all these misadventures and it really worked for the film. We had a modest budget, so we had to do a lot of thinking on our toes to make up for when things fell through or other random disasters. I’m really happy with how the film turned out and I think we really managed to create a fun, gory, violent, crazy, sometimes tender film that touched a lot of fellow horror fans.

    AMERICAN MARY will use particular color and lighting schemes as well as very intentional imagery and camera movements. It is still an independent film, but with Industry Works and CJ Wallis coming on for production, there is a generous budget supporting us so we can tell a very mature and complicated story. The film will be extremely prosthetic heavy. We have the best team on the planet coming together to bring the nightmarish imagery to life – there will be a lot of firsts in this movie in respect to content and effects. It’s very exciting.

    There are some very dark, underground places that the film ventures into while still having a good representation of our humor and interests throughout. I think it’s going to shock a lot of people in the best ways. It’s an honest to goodness horror – we will have gallons of fake blood.

    J: Ha ha, what she said 😉

    What is your favorite swear?

    S: Motherfucker. For some reason, it just sounds classy to me.

    J: Shit. It’s so universal and almost cute. It fits everywhere.

    What is your favorite adjective?

    S: Rad. Everything sounds better if it is rad. My favorite things are rad.

    J: “Fucking”.

    If bananas actually were humanoid, do you think they would wear pajamas?

    S: Yes. Probably a onesie – so they could peel themselves out if needed.

    J: Totally! They should have ones with monkeys on them. It would be good for a laugh.

    Do either of you have an aspect of the film making process you enjoy more than another? By that, I mean does one of you prefer to write most of the script, and one do most of the directing, or is it a pretty even split?

    S: It’s a joint effort. We do a lot of pre-planning and discussing before anything. We make outlines for scripts and flesh it out, then decide who will write what part. It’s great working with another person because you can work quickly and cover more ground. At the same time, you have to make sure that you’re not stepping on the other’s toes. Jen is better with people than I am – I tend to be awkward, so having her there is a life saver. Plus she comes up with the most random, beautiful, strange ideas and I love her for it.

    J: It’s really split. We like to do all sorts of things and doing a little of everything keeps us from getting bored. I really love directing and writing. And it’s ALWAYS fun to get to do a stunt. Not to mention the bragging rights that come along with them.

    If you could resurrect any dead celebrity, and have them fight another resurrected celebrity, which would you have fight which?

    S: Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra in an old-timey boxing match. I’m a Franky girl, so my money’s on him, but I have a few friends that are in Mr. Martin’s fan club. It would be nice to see a few rounds, then maybe get crooned to.

    J: I’d like to resurrect Freddie Mercury and have him fight anyone. It would be rad to watch him bitch slap someone, ha ha

    Do you like the phrase torture porn?

    S: Not really. At first, I thought it was an exciting term for edgy new horror films, but now it seems to be the ‘go-to’ label for non-horror fans/reviewers to shit on perfectly good films. SERBIAN FILM is torture porn. At the same time, it has high production value and is well acted. Does that take merit away from the film? It shouldn’t. That’s the story that those film makers wanted to tell and they told it.

    I know Eli Roth’s films get dubbed ‘torture porn’ in a ’nuff said sort of way and that’s just closing off an avenue of cool films. HOSTEL 2 was a great film with strong female characters. The blood bath scene is incredible. It’s so terrifying to imagine yourself in the poor victim’s situation and that’s quality horror film making. The SAW series gets a lot of shit too but it’s one of the most unique and pop culture relevant movies of the new millennium. When a person is actually put in a violent and dangerous situation, they can’t cut away – they are forced to experience it and that’s what these films do. The kills are hugely impactful because you are forced to experience that with the victim and that’s a great horror story telling technique. MARTYRS was extremely violent and gory, but it was part of the story and the feeling the film makers wanted to imprint on its audience.

    And to be honest, romantic comedies feel more like unnecessary torture to me. Maybe if they threw a little porn in those films, I might actually enjoy watching them.

    J: It think its a fad. Torture porn is really over used as a phrase. Someone, I forget who, called DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK torture porn, and I was like, “really?” Movies with violence in them get marked as torture porn unfairly sometimes. I think there is a real struggle with censorship and it’s a really divided argument. We are, as you may have guessed, on the side of “censor what you watch yourself”. Offended? Great! Watch something else. I’m a big girl. I can make my own decisions.

    Mo money, mo problems?

    S: Indeed, sir. Indeed. Mo money, mo people, mo paperwork, mo planning, mo everything. The money that we have for this film is going to give us a freedom and control that we didn’t have on DHIAT, but it also makes it a whole different ball game. We’re learning a lot and we have great creative producers that are working with us to bring AMERICAN MARY to existence. There’s more planning and paperwork, but I still feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Everyone who is involved in this project is really passionate about the film and the story — I can’t believe the level of talent that has come on board.

    J: Ha ha, it feels like the same problems, just on a more massive scale. Money was a bad invention. It rules everyone’s life and creates unfair stress. I wish we could all go back to zero and start fresh. But for order, I guess it is sadly a necessary evil.

    Have you ever made up a phrase, and or word? Would you want a dictionary to add that word or phrase, if you happened to?

    S: I misuse English all the time, so I have probably made up plenty of words, but always accidentally. I try to have a good sense of humor when things get tough or trying. I joke that up in heaven God is laughing on his bar stool with friends when I try to see the humor in things that aren’t traditionally humorous.

    J: I LOVE Joss Whedon who is known for creating colorful language. When I’m out in my normal life, I do that all the time. I test out new phrases, new swears, new words, and then judge them based on the reaction they get. It’s merely a different spelling, but I’m proud of gore~geous.

    Ballin’. That’s not a question, you two just are. Thanks for your time.

    S: I just want to say that I really appreciate you talking the time to speak to us and thank you for all the support that you have given us and our work. You are ballin’, my friend. Straight up ballin’ and chillin’ like a villain. Thank you kindly, Spooky.

    J: Sir, you are equal parts wicked and awesome! Thank you most kindly for the radcore interview! It was so much fun and a real pleasure. Our most sincere, blood soaked bestest to you!