Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mary's Off To The Market

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American Mary is soon to be off to the South Of France with co-producer Evan Tylor and IndustryWorks Pictures, traveling to this year's 64th annual Cannes Film Festival. Our teaser poster will be paired with a newly designed, full-sized 8.5" x 11" trade-ad featuring the delightful Katharine Isabelle. The ad is a mash-up of images torn from iconic American magazines.
- FortyFPS Productions, artwork and design by CJ Wallis

Feeling very cool about AMERICAN MARY making her way to the market at this year's Cannes. The festival is one of the world's oldest and most prestigious festivals and it is an honor to be represented there. If you are in attendance on business, please do visit our friends at Industry Works and get the low down on this upcoming new flick.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Hobo With A Shotgun and Dead Hooker In A Trunk Double Feature ONLY in Texas

Once upon a time, in a crappy film school not too far away, two twins found themselves frequently leaving class. Were they bad students? Were they "too cool for school"?

Quite the opposite in fact.

They wanted to learn about film. Not being stimulated or supported or inspired in the least, they went to where we all fell in love with film, the movies. At the time a little double billing was making the rounds. Though it was met with mixed reviews (opinions are like assholes, everyone's got one), they knew that this very special double billing could teach them more about film making than anything happening inside those school walls.

Of course, these twins were none other than we Twisted Twins.

And the double feature? Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's GRINDHOUSE, featuring Robert's PLANET TERROR and Quentin's DEATH PROOF.

And I don't have to tell you that these men are without a shadow of a doubt two of the greatest living film makers in the world. If you disagree, kindly walk yourself into my fist as I don't like to exert too much energy smackin' a fool.

But cinematic Gods Rodriguez and Tarantino weren't the only ones to come out and play in this epic double billing... Oh, no.

GRINDHOUSE quite famously had a healthy serving of awesome fed to hungry film goers in the form of "faux trailers". Directors included the coolest Jew since Jesus, Eli Roth, rocker turned badass director, Rob Zombie, the brilliant Brit behind numerous comedic gems, Edgar Wright, and one Jason Eisener, Canuck extraordinaire who birthed the now world renowned HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN.

As most of you know, we were very inspired by this HOBO. To think a Canadian film maker could play with the big boys? We made our DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK originally as a faux trailer in hopes of perhaps making it into GRINDHOUSE 2, should such a happy day have come to pass. But, our path went in a different direction and our DEAD HOOKER, like so many youths before her, grew up before our eyes and became a full length feature. She's hit the festival circuit, made many friends of horror fans and reviewers alike, won numerous awards and praises, and now she's being released to the world. On May 23rd, the lucky folks in Australia and the UK can bring her home at LONG last and we'll be making an official announcement on when the rest of the world can cuddle up with our girl.

But there's more...

I'm sure you're saying, "dammit, Jen, we know this already!" and you should. What you don't know is the point to this lil' blog that I've been crawling towards at a snail's pace.

DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK premiered to the USA in the first annual WOMEN IN HORROR month (brain child of our beloved Hannah Neurotica of Ax Wound Zine) compliments of DOA Blood Bath Entertainment's Andrew Rose. Andrew has been a friend of our Hooker from the very beginning. When he learned that the Texas Theatre in Dallas was running HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, he saw an opportunity for a match made in independent, horror lover, Canadian heaven. What if DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK could play with HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN?

No need to ask "what if?", my friends. It's a reality. HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN and DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK will be playing together ONE NIGHT ONLY at the Texas Theatre in Dallas May 30th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(No, there aren't enough exclamation marks in the known universe to properly express my epic joy and excitement.)

Here's the story...

From the coasts of the Great White North comes two of the greatest exploitation films made in recent history! From the west coast the Soska Twins bring us DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK and from the east coast Jason Eisener brings HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN.

And only, in Dallas, Texas at The Texas Theatre can you see them both at the DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK AND HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN DOUBLE FEATURE!

Come dressed as a hooker or a hobo for a chance to win one of many prizes to be presented by DOA Blood Bath Entertainment!

Show time starts at 7:00 PM! Tickets and details available at in the near future!

Dead Hooker in a Trunk Trailer:

Hobo with a Shotgun Trailer:

This is going to be one for the history books. I know not everyone in the world lives in Texas, but I'm telling you truly, IF you can find any way to be there, do it.

It's going to an absolutely epic event and we will be doing everything in our power to make this one of the biggest and bestest (yes, that's totally a word) events to ever grace the planet. TWO Canadian films that hit the world hard despite the overwhelming odds and obstacles. It truly is a triumph for both film, independent artists, and the people who love cinema and horror.

I want to extend our most heart felt gratitude to both Andrew Rose and theatre creative director Jason Reimer for making this impossible dream a reality.

And will the Twisted Twins make an appearance? Now, that would really make it one for the history books. You'll just have to wait and see ;)

Please spread the good word, boys and grrls. There's nothing we love more than the horror community. After all, together we're an army.

Bloody Best!
Jen and Sylv

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Horrorphilia's Girls Night Out Interview with Hannah Neurotica, Maude Michaud, and The Twisted Twins

This just happened.

As y'all know, we do have an affinity for the gents of Horrorphilia. After all, aren't we all, deep down, Horrorphiliacs ourselves?

We were so happy to be invited out on the first ever Horrorphilia Girls Night Out Podcast with Horrorphilia's fantastic Char Hardin hostessing. And to be guests alongside our beloved femme fatales Hannah Neurotica (our sister in horror, woman behind Women In Horror Month) and miss Maude Michaud (killer Canadian film maker whose work we are so inspired by)? An absolute honor and privilege.

What did we chat about?

In the words of the gents...

Happy Easter everyone and boy do we have a treat for you. Our very own Char leads Girls Night Out w/ guests Hannah Neurotica from Ax Wound, Filmmaker Maude Michaud, and Jen and Sylvia Soska directors of Dead Hooker In A Trunk and the upcoming American Mary. Not only do you get to hear about the Ladies projects such as American Mary, Ax Wound and Bloody Breasts web series, but you also get to hear them discuss Buffy, stealing bras, hockey, the porn awards, and Sasquatch. They also tackle serious subjects such as politics, censorship, women in horror, and we can’t forget - werewolf erotica. An episode you dont…err…cant miss! Download or stream here from the blog or download from Itunes or your favorite podcatcher.

As if you need more convincing to listen like a fly on the wall to our lil' chit chat.

Enjoy the full podcast HERE!

And a very special thanks to the ladies for a kick ass evening that be the holy hell out of watching the Canucks game last Thursday night ;)

Bloody Best!

Just Another F*cking Movie Podcast is F*cking Awesome

From the very first moment that we heard the title, we were hooked.

Just Another F*cking Movie Podcast? Clearly the creators of the title Dead Hooker In A Trunk had found a kindred spirit.

We were absolutely delighted to both chit and chat with Steven Thompson of and it's not only because he himself has a couple of little twins himself or because he has the ability to hook this twisted twosome up with authentic moonshine. Well, those little tidbits certainly DID make a difference.

The result? A not just another f*cking interview ;)

We talked about our DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK, our upcoming AMERICAN MARY, the controversy we stirred in Saskatoon, and our plans for world domination, among many other things.

Please feast on the full juicy interview HERE.

And while you're at it, check out the Just Another F*cking Movie archives for some fantastic shows, interviews, and reviews. There's some damn good shit on there.

Bloody Best!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Cinema Junkie Makes a Stand Against Bullshit

The Canadian grindhouse homage "Dead Hooker in a Trunk" screened in San Diego last year at Horrible Imaginings but the film has run into controversy trying to get a screening in Saskatchewan for the Dark Bridges Film Festival.

Censorship really ticks me off. The case involving "Dead Hooker in a Trunk" is the kind of censorship that business folks like brush off by saying they are not really "censoring" they are just responding to the marketplace. Only problem with that is sometimes the "marketplace" is just one person or a few complaining people trying to force their narrow boundaries of acceptable fare on others. And to make matters worse, the people who claim to be offended have never bothered to actually see what it is that they are trying to ban from public view. But wait, I get ahead of myself.

-Beth Accomando, Cinema Junkie

There is almost nothing in the world that I love more than a smart feminist. There are so many misconceptions on feminism and every time a 'feminist' speaks out without having all the facts, they make the rest of us look stupid. Like the 'feminist' that anonymously called complaining about the screening of DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK who also cowardly ripped down all posters advertising the screening festival in the middle of the night. Thank you for trying to get us bare foot and pregnant, making a delicious dinner in the confines of the kitchen. That said, 'anonymous' probably didn't think that far or farther than her own knee-jerk reaction to something she didn't have all the facts for.

Thank God that isn't the situation in all cases. One of the most brilliant and well spoken feminists I have ever had the pleasure of knowing is Beth Accomando. She has heard about this banning bullshit and she decided to look into it with this expertly articulate article and interview with John Allison, the programmer for the Dark Bridges Film Fest. Beth doesn't pull punches and says it like it is with a full knowledge of the entire issue and I love her for it.

Now I'm not saying that these films are inoffensive or that if the complaining folks had seen the films they would change their mind. Quite the contrary. These films are almost designed to be offensive and the the outraged parties might have become even more outraged if they had bothered to see the films or even watch the trailers. But the films serve up a gleeful kind of offense, the kind John Waters would be proud of because it offends as it skewers conventional values and suggests anarchy is better than a tame status quo. Plus there is such a sense of joy in the inventive, do-it-yourself filmmaking that if you love horror or just film in general it's hard not to take some delight in the filmmakers' passion. The real question is, "Are these films not just offensive but obscene, and obscene to the point that audiences should not be allowed the choice to see them?"

In my opinion these films are not obscene, and people who want to see them on the big screen should have the opportunity. A midnight screening with viewers made fully aware of the films' ratings and content seems perfectly reasonable. No one is being forced to watch and the late hour restricts who would be able to see the extreme films. So there has to be a very clear distinction made between merely offensive and obscene. Because as John Cleese once said: "Some people deserve to be offended."

Please take the time to check out the whole, informative article. It explores the whole issue without any sugar-coating which is precisely the way an adult discussion about censorship in today's world should be handled. I would like to thank Beth for looking into these events up North and sharing the story with people. Even if this wasn't our film that had come under attack, I would still be in an uproar that a film was banned from a theater without being viewed based on a satirical title.

I don't think the nay-sayers expected this kind of response from the horror community which has been looked down upon like a group of sadists with no artistic merit in the work they love. In a way, I'm happy that this happened. It gave outsiders an opportunity to find out who really makes up the horror community: intelligent, responsible, and informed individuals interested in an open discussion and exchange of ideas. So many beautifully put together thoughts, while they were probably just expecting us to say 'fuck you' and run away like frightened animals.

It's a great day for horror indeed. Despite the fights we will all be fighting for a very long time to educate those who don't understand us and why we are impassioned about what we are.


James Knows Horror Horror-ably Well

You know that friend that told you to see PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 because it was so scary and so you rented it and lost two hours of your life forever? A lot can be said about a person who knows good movies and can recommend good horror to watch. James DePaolo is one of those people. He recommended THE TAINT, we loved it, and we might have missed it had we not heard such a glowing endorsement.

Now, this is James' new top fifteen list of films you should go out and see immediately. You will find the highly satiristic and entertaining indie, THE TAINT, on the list. Much to our privilege and honor - DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK has also made the list. He does an excellent job of breaking down each film as to why you should see it and why you would enjoy it. For a person, like me, who has grown disenchanted with studio-derived, recycled, paint by numbers horror - this list is a godsend.

Now get ready for a trip to your local independent video store (may they exist forever) or get your VOD/Netflixing fingers ready for the list: My top 15 films…you need to rush and see asap by James DePaolo courtesy of The Wicked Channel.

Enjoy your flicks, have some popcorn, and let me know what you thought!


A.normale Show vol.5 : The BURLESQUE Edition

DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK hits Montréal May 13th for the VERY first time!!

This just in from our friends at A.normale...
"The A.normale Show is back !

Don't miss that one night only event !!

Join us and try to get your hands on one of many macabre prize pack,
courtesy of RUE-MORGUE magazine and the FANTASIA films festival who will
be celebrating it’s 15th anniversary this year !!

FRIDAY the 13TH, MAY 2010.
CAFÉ CHAOS, 2031 St-Denis.
Montréal, Qc
18 ans +

Doors open at 8 pm !

On the menu : trash trailers and bloody short films screening,
surprises, LIVE SHOW from the Burlesque SIN SISTERS and Montreal
Premiere of the amazing feature DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK !!

Check out the DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK web site here :

And the SIN SISTERS girls on YouTube at :

* Next Show: Set to be in November 2011 ...

Send your screeners NOW to The A.normale Show vol.VI !! *

Infos :"
Il ne semble pas comme une nuit que vous ne pouvez pas manquer simplement? Tous nos beaux Canadiens français, s'il vous plaît ne pas ceci manquer une nuit seulement, nuit inoubliable!

Doesn't it sound like a night you simply cannot miss out on? All our lovely French Canadians, please do not miss this one night only, unforgettable night!

Sanglant Mieux ! / Bloody Best !

Rue Morgue Examines the Dead Hooker Situation in Saskatoon

A publication exclusively devoted to horror in culture and entertainment. Also features cinema, store, archives, events and general information. Rue Morgue is a Canadian magazine dedicated to covering "horror in culture and entertainment," taking its name from Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue."

As a pair of Canadian horror nerds, it's hard to describe the feeling of pride and accomplishment that comes from having the opportunity to speak to the folks of this legendary, great publication. This feeling was made even grander when April Snellings approached us with interest on writing about the censorship and banning issue that arose when Tom Hutchinson of The Roxy Theater in Saskatoon decided to remove the previously approved Dark Bridges Film Festival because the title of our film - 'Dead Hooker in a Trunk' - was too offensive. Despite the fact that he never bothered to even watch the film.

It’s been said that twice is a coincidence, but three times is a trend. If that’s the case, Rue Morgue readers have probably noticed a disturbing pattern in recent months, with horror films being pulled from theaters (Hatchet II), confiscated and banned (A Serbian Film, L.A. Zombie), and even used as a basis for obscenity charges (the short films of Montreal-based FX artist Remy Couture).

The latest kerfuffle is relatively small-scale, but no less troubling. Earlier this month, a scheduled double feature of indie horror flicks Dead Hooker in a Trunk and The Taint was booted from its Saskatoon venue when an anonymous caller phoned the theatre to complain about the posters that advertised the event (see the offending poster at right). Accusations of misogyny were thrown about, even though one of the films was made by women and features an ass-kicking female protagonist. The caller insisted that it was inappropriate to screen such films in Saskatoon – probably a reference to a string of prostitute murders in and around the city.

I've heard the theater make statements saying that they would have preferred this being kept a private matter and that just adds to the absurdity we are coming face to face with. There is a ratings board that agrees upon material then rates a film accordingly. If a viewer is not interested in seeing a particular movie, then they can choose not to see it. But to have someone else make that decision for film goers by their own sense of taste is outrageous. But it didn't stop there, Tom Hutchinson also pulled Canadian-made HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN a few days after the backlash of pulling DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK.

“I’m amazed how far this has gone without any of the concerned parties actually watching or looking into the film,” said Sylvia. “To title a film Dead Hooker in a Trunk and to make that film be a blatant disrespect to the title character would be absurd for any artist – especially for a pair of female filmmakers who started to create their own work because of frustrations with the poor representation of women often seen in film. There is a lot of over-the-top, almost anime-style violence throughout the film, but I didn’t want there to be a single laugh when [the title character] dies. It’s a very humanizing and sad sequence because the fact that this woman’s life was so heartlessly stolen from her was the driving force behind the events that unfold in the film.”

There are so many stories in the news about filmmakers - cast and crew - getting unfair treatment because of their creative work. If we stand by and allow this kind of behavior to go unchecked, then this trend of self-appointed censors making ill-informed decisions on what we can and can not see. Films that are a satire are being judged as if they are not. Artists that create gore and bodies for film are being charged with being 'morally corrupted'. Festival programmers are being charged for showing films about harsh subject matter. These are all reflections of things that actually take place in our world, but it seems it is the artist who wants to get into these matters through their work that is being condemned for the material and the real life issues go swept under the carpet.

This is an extremely important issue today. Whether you are a horror fan or not - that's not the issue - the issue is that self-appointed censors are making uneducated attacks on art and they are getting away with it. This is a masterfully written piece that interviews all parties involved - we: twisted twins, John Allison: the programmer of the Dark Bridges Film Fest, Drew Buldoc: the filmmaker behind THE TAINT, and even Tom Hutchinson: the man from the Roxy Theater with the ban-happy brain waves. Please take the time to read the article and share it with your friends. I would imagine that many people would be shocked to learn about these events taking place in their own backyards.

Today, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK will be playing at the Dark Bridges Film Festival that was given a venue by the wonderful team working at the Broadway Theater in Saskatoon. To add to their free thinking mentality and maybe because they are proud ti be Canadian, they will also be showing HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN at their theater. Seems a little strange that all this actually happened over a title, a poster, and no one watched the films before condemning them, but it did happen. It will continue to happen as long as we as a society allow it to happen.

I want to thank April for taking the time to really get into the nitty gritty of this issue with her extraordinary article. I am saddened by the turn of events by the Roxy Theater, but I am so grateful and honored to have had so many wonderful people from all walks of life stand up against this injustice and do their part in making a stand.

There may be a few people who are very far from 'getting it' or even accepting that something bigger is going on here, but there is an army of educated, free-thinking, eloquent individuals who see an injustice and do something about it. Thank you for turning what could have been very sad into something that has given me a lot of faith in the future.

Now, if you're in the area, head on over to the Broadway Theater and be ready to have some fun. The Dark Bridges Film Fest happens today and I hope everyone in attendance has a wonderful time! This became more than a festival to check out independents and I thank everyone who has supported the films and the festival through these unfortunate circumstances.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Drunken Zombie Fest is Drunkenly Fucking Wicked!

It's almost the 23rd, which means a fucking rad double feature is being brought to the fine folks of Peoria, Illnois, by the Drunken Zombie Fest! Get your drinking faces on now.

This is a great festival put on by some very cool folks and you don't want to miss it! Put your flask in your purse and start walking - Peoria, Illinois, is the place to be this April 23rd, 2011!


American Mary is Such a Tease

Another kitty has hopped out of the bag with the release of our Official AMERICAN MARY Teaser Poster. The poster features the beautiful Paula Lindberg as the film's Ruby RealGirl. This gore~geous poster was created by the disgustingly talented mister CJ Wallis.

Haven't seen it yet? C'mon! I know it's the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but surely you can spare a moment to take a little looky loo HERE.

A very special thanks to everyone who has checked it out and shared it with the world.

Check out the buzz!!

Carl Manes of I Like Horror Movies

James DePaolo of Wicked Channel

Marc Patterson of Brutal As Hell

Steve Barton aka Uncle Creepy of Dread Central

"Meh" of

Alex DiVincenzo of Arrow In The Head

Chuck Conry of Zombies DON'T Run

Mister Bones of Tales From The Batcave

Jennifer Cooper of Musings of a Morleysaurus

Brian Shirley of Geek Tyrant

Javier of Maximum Horror

Brandon Sites of Big Daddy Horror Reviews

Thank you so much for your incredible support of our new deranged offspring. If you thought DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK was a twisted tale, watch the fuck out for AMERICAN MARY. She's quite the gal...


Jessica Gleba Is Awesome

Damn straight she is! And who is this lovely lady? She's the femme fatale proudly sporting a DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK T-Shirt above with a couple close friends pictured above. Jessica Gleba also just happens to be one of the stars of ZOMBITCH! and an associate producer on the project.

ZOMBITCH! has a little DHIAT love in it, so be sure to check that bad boy out.

...or would it be "bad grrl"? Hmmm....

Thank you so much, Jessica, for pimping our DEAD HOOKER and looking damn fine while doing it!


The ConduitCast Interview with the Twisted Twins

There are very few things in this world that can get me out of bed before 8am. An earth quake, an emergency call from a loved one, a zombie apocalypse, and possibly the sound of my cat chomping something inedible of mine in my room in a clever ruse to wake me in hopes of scoring an early breakfast. Now proudly added to that list are Chris Conduit and James DePaolo. Who are these gentlemen?

Chris Conduit is the host of The Conduit Cast, a supporter of all things genre, film reviewer, interviewer, writer, and a fan of horror/genre film first and foremost. He is the author of “Zombies Ate My Homework: The Jasper Trout Adventures."

His mission? "To give back in some small way to the community that has given me so much over the years."

James DePaolo is an incredibly talented writer and reviewer. And he's also someone very special to us. Why, oh why? Because James DePaolo has believed in us and our DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK from the very beginning. He dubbed it "the best film of 2010". Before many even knew what DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK was, James called it. For that reason, and his unending support of us and our work, we will happily drag our collective asses out of bed for a little chit/chat.


Here's the interview, for your listening pleasure, boys and grrls!

...and, shucks, you didn't even have to get up early. As always, our dears, we've got you covered. Please enjoy.

And a very special blood soaked thanks to James and Chris for having us on. We chatted about AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK, censorship, the DHIAT banning in Saskatoon, North American releases for DHIAT, and lots more. Treat yourselves to a little listen and check out the archives.

Bloody Best!

The Most Coherent and Lovely Ramblings of A Beloved Twenty-Something

"I've procrastinated writing about this film for a couple of reasons. 1) I didn't feel that my mediocre writing abilities could explain how much I loved it. and... 2) So many of my fellow "horror bloggers" were reviewing it on their blogs. Now that some time has passed since everyone else's review and I have a newfound self-confidence, I feel it's time for my review."
- Angela White

When Jen and I were little girls being spat on (literally) and being called witches for our love of horror, we dreamed of a world where we would find comradery with people who also loved the more macabre. For every prick I have encountered in my life, I have now been blessed with people so fucking cool and lovely - that I am beside myself with the love and support that we have received since stepping behind (with moments in front of) the camera with our debut feature - 'DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK.'

One particular very fucking cool individual is Angela White of 'Almost Incoherent Ramblings of a Twenty-Something' (awesome name, by the by) who took the time to review DHIAT, loved it, and went on to share her thoughts and information on the film with her radcore followers. Check this blog and blogger because it's good shit and you will enjoy your viral stalking. Very good times indeed.

"These ladies make a better horror film than most men could dream of. I'm proud to share a gender with them! Beautiful, Smart and straight up BADASSES! The Soska Sisters are truly talented ladies. Be sure to keep a look out for their newest film, American Mary. I look forward to seeing what else these Twisted Twins have up their sleeves."
- Angela White

The feeling is more than mutual, miss. I am so happy to meet these incredible horror aficionados who love the genre like me and Jen and are a strong, insightful, and clever voices for the horror community. Angela White is one hell of a lady. Keep being rad and I will continue to inter-stalk you and your very coherent and lovely musings, miss!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Official Teaser Poster for American Mary Released

After months of dropping hints about our upcoming feature, AMERICAN MARY, we have at long last released the Official Teaser Poster for the film. Beautifully designed by the film's producer, CJ Wallis, of FortyFPS Productions, it features our actress seen in our teaser trailer, Paula Lindberg as Ruby RealGirl.

You can download DIFFERENT SIZES here!

And if you haven't seen the teaser trailer yet (admitting you have a problem is, after all, the first step), fear not, for we've got you covered. And, heck, if you've already seen it, thanks for watching and treat yourselves to a little re-watching time.

Please share and thank you for watching!

Bloody Best!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Not Just Another Pissed Off Geek reviews Dead Hooker In A Trunk

"I like movies that are totally crazy, that are totally out there and don’t hide the fact. Put it this way, I love movies that are totally bat shit crazy. I think that’s the reason I may have just fell in love with Dead Hooker in a Trunk." ~ Pissed Off Geek

We love the UK.

From the very beginning, the UK has supported us and our DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK. Nia Edwards-Behi was the first person to ever show DHIAT at a festival in 2010's Women In Horror month, February, at her Ghouls on Film Festival. It was a supreme honor and we are forever grateful to everyone in the UK who has believed in this film. We can't begin to tell you how much your support has meant to us.

Now, at long last, the release of DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK is almost on us. On May 23rd, everyone in the UK will be able to have their very own Dead Hooker. If that isn't a "happily ever after", I don't know what is.

With the release coming up fast, we were so happy to have Pissed Off Geek review the film.

"When you have a chance to see this movie should you? Hell yes you should. When it’s released I will be buying it and it will have pride of place next to Natural Born Killers, a Clockwork Orange and all my other crazy movies that I love." ~ Pissed Off Geek

Check out the FULL REVIEW (including what Pissed off Geek had to say about the DHIAT Saskatoon Controversy) HERE.

And a very special thanks to Pissed Off Geek for giving our Hooker such a warm welcome.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Yahoo News Knows The 'Dead Hooker' Blues

Slasher flicks aren't getting much respect from Canadian theatre chain Magic Lantern Cinemas, based on its decision not to screen three movies in Saskatoon, based on titles and posters alone.

"Dead Hooker in a Trunk," a satirical low-budget grindhouse film directed by identical Vancouver twins Jen and Sylvia Soska, had its April 22 screening, sponsored by the Dark Bridges Film Festival, cancelled by the Roxy Theatre.

This is the beginning of the article about the banning of our film in Saskatoon as reported by Yahoo News. When I first heard about a theater banning 'Dead Hooker in a Trunk', I thought the issue would be quickly remedied after the film was looked into or the backstory or the press the film has garnered or the filmmakers behind the film. But no. The banning decision by Tom Hutchinson of The Roxy Theater stands firm much to the surprise of.. well, free society.

It doesn't end there, as this seems like a situation where one bad decision now must be paired with more poor decisions. If only the man could be accountable for his error in judgment, but no, instead he is flapping like a chicken thrown into a river trying to stay afloat. What's next on Tom Hutchinson's tirade against freedom of expression through the arts?

Another critically acclaimed Canadian grindhouse film has apparently been caught in the crossfire, as the Roxy also cancelled a booking of "Hobo With a Shotgun," with the official explanation there wasn't enough public interest to bother with a second-run screening based on recent box office grosses from the Cineplex Odeon Centre Cinemas.

A reporter from the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, who was suspicion of the timing, noted 90 people on Facebook expressed a desire to attend "Hobo With a Shotgun" at the Roxy.

By contrast, just two people attended a second-run Roxy matinee of "Black Swan."

This is beyond revolting. It's a very exciting time for Canadian cinema with all these new creative voices coming out and having their own brand of Canadian entertainment. Jason Eisener's HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN is a triumph in originality and storytelling. It is appropriate for everyone. No. But that's why the rating system is in place.

I am shocked that Tom Hutchinson is being allowed to do this. It's complete and utter horse shit. Click here to read the whole expository piece by Yahoo News.

What is being forgotten here is that Canada is not always known for its cinema. American made films seem to have almost a monopoly on what is made and what is released and what teams are being hired.

It is such a cool time to see Canadian-made films by Canadian teams that show that we can make good films too. We have unique voices too. It's so backwards that it is sickening that those grand accomplishments have been overlooked because they are not the things that are being focused on.

A very sad day for Canada indeed.


Late Night With Hooker Jokes

I hate to beat a dead horse - it's just inappropriate behavior for a lady - but as I watch my Late Night entertainment, I find a final point I'd like to leave the whole 'banning Dead Hooker in a Trunk in from playing at the Roxy Theater in Saskatoon over the film's title without ever watching the film' debacle with.

Letterman and Conan both open their internationally seen late night shows with a monologue - both hosts using a 'hooker' joke tonight on April 14th, 2011. Two different jokes both involving hookers.

No raised eyebrows. No gasps of derogatory language use. Just laughs and applause. Because this is material that while edgy - hence the late night time slot which is the movie equivalent to say an 18+ rating - it is worldwide completely accepted humor for adults to laugh at if they choose to do so.

"At the heart of the First Amendment is the recognition of the fundamental importance of the free flow of ideas. Freedom to speak one's mind is not only an aspect of individual liberty but essential to the quest for truth and the vitality of society as a whole. In the world of debate about public affairs many things done with motives that are less than admirable are nonetheless protected by the First Amendment."


I know this is Canada and the case in the above mentioned film was an American case, but we really aren't that different when it comes to freedom of expression. Thank you to all the people that realized that and stood up for our film.