Wednesday, May 18, 2011

WOMEN OF THE WEEK: THE SOSKA SISTERS

Your eyes do not deceive you, this IS the return of Woman of the Week here at Day of the Woman.  From this moment on, Day of the Woman will no longer be plagued with absences due to school work or other outside forces, and BJ-C is going to kick off the reboot full force by showcasing not one, but two of the horror industry's greatest female assets.  Unless you've been living under a rock, it's safe to say that Jen and Sylvia Soska are currently two of the fastest growing horror icons.  The Twisted Twins are known for their Women In Horror Recognition Month Blood Drive videos, multiple short films, and of course-Dead Hooker In a Trunk

It was during film school that the flame beneath The Soska Sisters was ignited, and started a horror revolution.  When the funding for one of their final projects was pulled, the twins continued on and created the film with their own cast and crew, on their own time, and paid for it out of their own pockets.  In the trend of Grindhouse, the twins created a "fake trailer" for a film containing all of the "inappropriate" subjects their school had listed.  It was then that the twins joked to eventually turn the fake trailer into an actual film, and so was the birth of Dead Hooker In A Trunk.

When I say that these women created a film, I mean they CREATED a film. The sisters both took part in the film by directing, producing, starring in, and performing the stunts for the film.  Not only are these women bad ass enough to create a film, they even do their own stunts.  DHIAT has completely taken the horror world by storm and has easily become a fan favorite by both reviewers, filmmakers, and festivals.  The film currently holds an underground sensation status and seems to be developing as a cult classic already.  Dead Hooker In A Trunk and The Twins themselves were even praised by Eli Roth who went on record saying, "you should check out the Soska sisters, who made a film called Dead Hooker In A Trunk. They made it low budget and it's fucking awesome. It's really violent and the stunts are superb. They are two Canadian twin sisters who made a feature that they wrote, produced, directed, and starred in. And it's fantastic."  Everyone knows that Eli Roth is a total doucher, so impressing him was no easy feat.  The Soska sisters however, blew him away.


After the success of Dead Hooker In A Trunk, The Twisted Twins embarked on their newest film adventure, American Mary.  Not only is this another time for the sisters to showcase their skills as filmmakers, but they've also managed to nab Katherine Isabelle (of Ginger Snaps fame) as their leading lady.  The film is set to shoot this summer and I cannot express my excitement.

To put it simply, Jen and Sylvia Soska are quite possibly the two most inspirational women for the female horror fan of the new millennium.

4 comment(s):

James said...

Can't think of better subjects to feature in your 'Woman of the Week' comeback, Brittney. Having just checked out Dead Hooker this month, I'm sure I'm just the latest in a long line of people to fall for the twisted charms of the Soska sisters. T'was a great wee film. Can't wait for American Mary! :)

JimmyD said...

Are you familiar with the Ramsey twins? Featured in 'All About Evil.'
A film you may enjoy. I know I sure did.
Check out the pre-show number at the World Premiere last summer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MJ5vlwuOiI

Peaches loves horror as much as you do!

the jaded viewer said...

Everybody should check out the Soska Sisters shorts.

Here's an example of one.

http://jadedviewer.blogspot.com/2009/10/shortround-bad-girls.html

Spike Ghost said...

i haven<t seen their work yet, but i keep hearing more and more about them so i think i really should get on that.

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