Back in the late 1970s and early ’80s, when exploitation movies were in vogue, a movie title like Dead Hooker In A Trunk would have fit right onto the marquees of sleazy drive-in theaters and seedy grindhouse venues that played such classy gems as Cannibal Holocaust and I Spit On Your Grave.Complex Media is fucking cool. We had the pleasure of being approached to chat with their Matt Barone, who embodies that kick ass-ed-ness. But what is this media beast? And why is it just so damn cool. Oh, my dears, I'm so glad you asked...
Today, however, such a shamelessly tasteless and provocative title is more taboo than ever, but that’s what makes Dead Hooker (currently available on IFC Midnight’s Video On Demand service) so much fun—it’s batshit in ways most modern-day films are too reserved to emulate. Aside from its titular call girl corpse, the midnight-dark comedy features a cowboy pimp, an Oldboy-esque scene in which a guy’s teeth are assaulted with a drill and an icepick, a pipe smashing a girl’s head so hard that one of her eyeballs shoots out, spilled intestines, and a little girl shooting her father to death with a handgun, amongst other insanity.
Now here’s the best part: Dead Hooker In A Trunk comes from the minds of two sexy and morbidly inventive twin sisters, stars/writers/directors Jen and Sylvia Soska. Paid for with credit cards and shot with minimal resources two years ago, the Canadian siblings’ passion project has worked its way up from word-of-mouth buzz to various genre film festivals; last month, Dead Hooker In A Trunk reached its highest plateau when IFC Midnight picked it up for the company’s VOD platform (special midnight theatrical screenings are in the works). Not bad for a super-low-budget and wonderfully insane horror-comedy from a couple of rookie filmmakers.
To top it all off, the Soska Sisters are also really hot. And, as you’re about to find out, they’re quite funny, as well as legitimate gorehounds and promising young filmmakers. Complex recently spoke with the duo behind Twisted Twins Productions about Dead Hooker, skull-fucking, Britney Spears’ awful film career, how they once upgraded Quentin Tarantino’s birthday, and their film’s positive message. Let’s pop the trunk!
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It was downright joy~gasmic to be approached to chat with Matt. We've been told we have the minds of 20-something males and the story of DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK really is a film that not only the 20-somethings can enjoy, but the every-somethings out there. It makes us so happy to be able to share our story and our Hooker with the masses. After all, sharing is caring ;)
Complex Media is truly a unique and incredible experience and source for all things cool. It was an honor to have our twisted selves and our DEAD HOOKER invited to chat. And what did we chat about?
A pethora of twisted goodies including (but certainly not limited to) Britney Spears and Crossroads, Russ Meyer, Faster Pussycat Kill Kill, Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino, dead hookers in mattresses, cowboy pimps, punching a bear, and much, much more. I'd love to spoil it like some bastard spoiled the end of the Usual Suspects for me, but I'm so not "that guy".
Thank you so much to Matt for taking the time to chat with us and we look very forward to chatting again soon!
Now go check it out, boys and grrls! Here's a little something something to whet your appetites...
Jen: I think I’ve always had a hooker fixation. Have you see that movie Four Rooms? Robert Rodriguez’s fourth vignette, “Misbehaviors,” with Antonio Banderas, has a dead hooker in a mattress, and I just thought that was the funniest thing. [Laughs.]
Sylvia: A dead hooker in a mattress is the funniest thing? [Laughs.]
Jen: Hell yeah! We should have done Dead Hooker In A Mattress!
Sounds like you have the sequel all figured out.
Jen: [Laughs.] I think you’re right!
Jen and Sylv