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  • 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!