Thursday, February 28, 2013

Women In Horror Massive Blood Drive PSA 2013

Every Women In Horror Recognition Month, we encourage people and horror fans out there to be every bit as brave as the heroines we've come to know and love in front of and behind the camera with our Massive Blood Drive, a world wide event.

You can't think horror without thinking blood. We are in dire need of donors world wide. Every 3 seconds in the USA alone, blood is needed. There is no substitute for blood. Many people rely on blood donations just to live. There has been a decrease in donors and the need for blood and donations grows every year. Please give the gift that saves lives. Each donation can save up to three lives.

After all, it's in you to give.

Thank You, Eli

"bordensisters asked 
Do you think there is room in the horror world for female writers and stories, given that women seem to love the genre? Would you consider ushering in more female voices as a producer? 
Eli Roth answered 
Absolutely. I encourage it. I would love that. It's what the genre needs. I've been very supportive of the Soska sisters who made American Mary which just came out in the UK. I've worked closely with them as a friend and mentor. 
What makes the genre interesting is the difference of range and opinion. Often horror directors get together and there's very few women – and we wish there were more. Generally I make movie's based on ideas I respond to – so it's the ideas not the gender. But in general I think the genre really needs it."



American Mary Artwork by Discord C Bam Bam

OUTSTANDING artwork for American Mary by the insanely talented, Discord C Bam Bam. We are absolutely floored by this beautiful work of art. Thank you so much!!


American Mary Comes Back to Australia

Mega thanks to Warren Westergaard for sharing this Aussie newspaper covering an encore American Mary screening. Hells yes - Tristan Risk makes the Australian news like the star she is.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

German American Mary Trailer

OMFG - Jen and I cannot believe how fucking cool this is. Universal Pictures is releasing American Mary to the fine people of Germany this March 28th and here is the slick as fuck German trailer.

Das good, das very fucking good.


Rad Alt. American Mary Trailer

Alt. American Mary trailer cut by Jon - not sure who else had a hand in it, but really dig the soundtrack! Love finding cool shit like this.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Over 100,000 Views on the AMERICAN MARY Trailer!!

Just, wow.

I just noticed that our GORE~geous Universal Pictures American Mary trailer has been watched over 100,000 times!!!! I just want to take this moment to thank each and every one of you for watching, supporting us, posting, re-posting, re-re-posting, forcing our films on your friends, and spreading the gospel of MARY to all the corners of the Earth.  

Sylvia Soska and I am so grateful to have you. 

Check it out one more time ;)


Shock Horror Mary

American Mary herself, Katharine Isabelle, speaks in this new interview in Shock Horror Magazine - please take a boo or two!


American Mary Up For A Rondo Hatton Award

Really fucking cool news, ladies and gentlemen, American Mary has been nominated for the 2013 Rondo Hatton Awards for Best Independent Film. 

Please take a moment to vote, there are a lot of rad categories and these awards are stellar!



Digital Horror Twisted Twins

Jennifer Cooper has got her copy of Digital FilmMaker Magazine which features Jen and me on the cover, talking about body modification and horror. Please check it out!


Monday, February 25, 2013

VOKRA PSA Directed by the Twisted Twins with VFS

An AMAZING cause! We had the pleasure of working with Jordan Drage and her awesome team from VFS on their project for VOKRA, the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Association. It's a no kill shelter that allows kitties to be fostered and put up with foster families until they are adopted. It's an amazing organization. PLEASE SHARE and a big congrats to the VFS team!

"Independent Cat" was produced by Jordan Drage as her final project at VFS for VOKRA. The spot was directed by Canadian directing duo, Jen and Sylvia Soska.

Thanks to Jordan for thinking of VOKRA for her final project!

"Independent Cat": Griffon
Producer: Jordan Drage
Directors: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
Writers: Natasha Wheatley, Gemma Holdway
DOP: Travis Hansen
AD: Isaiah Sweigard
Cam Op: Mohamed Abo El Fadl
1st AC: Mike Morrison
Gaffer: Thomas Uribe
Grip: Greg Melanson
Script Supervisor: Mei Hoh
Animal Wrangler: Mary Chaloner, Jodi Belanger
PAs: Dennis Thisner, Lulu Pan, Earl Krieger
Photographer: Neil Russel Tan
Editor: Scott McKenzie
Voice Over: Sylvain Lavigne
Sound Design: Eric Mouawad

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Aussies Get Their Mary!

Monster Pictures Australia releases American Mary today!!! Region free BluRay with two commentary tracks - including Katharine Isabelle and Tristan Risk's first feature commentary.

Also, it has two covers. Gotta ask, you lovelies, which do you prefer A or B?


Australia, You Can Take American Mary Home

This is fucking awesome - 

"Poet Jean Lorrain said "the charm of horror only tempts the strong". American Mary is an exciting, fresh & original horror movie. If you loved Excision, May or Dead Ringers then this is for you! Photo ID may be requested (take it as a compliment)."


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Horror Etc Talks The New Flesh

"Things kick off with David’s son Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral which takes the concept of body horror and carries on his father’s tradition. Next up is American Mary, the Soska sister’s follow up to their impressive debut Dead Hooker in a Trunk, which follows a promising med-school student’s descent into the dark world of underground surgery. Finally, we discuss Excision, a highly touted 2012 directorial debut that mirrors Lucky McKee’s May (2002) in many ways. All three movies worked for us and we hope you find something to like as well."



Hail To The Australian Blockbuster

Tom Fagarazzi shows the fine film selections available at his Blockbuster in Australia. God bless this man and his wonderful catalogue of films.


Sharp American Mary Poster Art

I love this tasteful stylish American Mary poster art by Christopher Wilkinson. Classy.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Twisted Twins By Christopher Wilkinson

Beautiful artwork by the brilliant Christopher Wilkinson. Love it!


Mary Is Coming To Australia!!

American Mary review in Video Ezy catalogue. Mary hits Australia through Monster Pictures February 21st!!


Twisted Twins Double Bill

John Taylor spends the night with DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK and AMERICAN MARY. Fucking AWESOME.


English Mary

“Attention Soskas: it has begun. Done in collaboration with the usual suspect: Christopher Wilkinson. Legit coming soon. (before I get death threats, it’s for a fake trailer, à la “Grindhouse”.)”
We’re really looking forward to this AMERICAN MARY spoof.


Saturday, February 16, 2013


I am a big fan of burlesque. Now, you might think that's because I enjoy being around beautiful, talented women, and that's a big part of it, but something you might not expect is the sisterhood, the women supporting women, and the celebration of women of every kind - not just the cookie cutter image that mainstream media force feeds us.


Crystal Precious' new video for APPLE PIE features my favourite ladies of Sweet Soul Burlesque: Lindsay Cherry OnTop, Lola Frost, Cara MilkRita StarTristan Risk (Beatress of American Mary), as well as Melody Mangler, Sharai Rewels, Villainy Loveless, April OPeel, Darla Devine, and Meg A Tron - and it is fucking awesome.

It launches today, please check it out, share it out, throw some comments and likes up on the video! And if someone doesn't deserve your pie, no pie for them. Be selective of slice distribution.


Friday, February 15, 2013

American Mary UBC Study

Hey those of you that checked out American Mary, would you share your thoughts on the film for scholarly purposes? The film has been selected by UBC for a study on cinematic story-telling. Please take a moment to fill it out, it would be really cool to see all the different responses.

"Hello! I’m assisting with a research team at UBC (Vancouver) whose project is to gain an understanding of cinematic storytelling in the digital era by mapping its production and reception on a global level through audience responses to our questionnaire.

AMERICAN MARY is one of the films in our questionnaire, and I’m posting this here with the hopes that we can drum up some much-needed attention/responses! We are not doing this for profit and are not affiliated with any studios or other corporations." 

You can find the questionnaire here!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Twisted Twins at FAN EXPO VANCOUVER April 20th to 21st

In 2012, for the first time ever, Fan Expo Canada™ has extended it’s show westward!
2012 highlighted celebrities, shopping, panels and workshops, and was the place to be to find the newest and hottest in Anime, Manga, Comics, Sci-Fi, Gaming and Horror.

NEXT DATE: April 20th-21st 2013, come out and meet your favourite celebrity or creator and shop for the hottest or most rare in comic books, graphic novels, manga, toys, t-shirts and more!

Fan Expo Vancouver™ is brought to you by way of Hobby Star Marketing Inc. HSM was founded in 1992 as one of Canada’s premiere sports and entertainment marketing agencies. The company first staked its claim in 1995 with the successful launch of the Canadian National Comic Book Expo. It has since been re-branded as Fan Expo Canada featuring Comic, Anime, Science Fiction, Horror and Gaming. The event has evolved into a spectacular, annual, multi-media even with prestigious acclaim, becoming North America’s 3rd largest event of its kind.

Come meet us!! But that's not all... They already have some OUTSTANDING Guests confirmed!!

INCLUDING.... Stan Lee, James Marsters, Juliet Landau, Sean Astin, Tom Felton, and Elvira!!!

Don't miss out! Get your tickets RIGHT HERE TODAY!!!

Check out their Official Site here for all the info!! (click here)


American Mary OST: Loser

Something you might notice in the credits for our work is one of our favourite musicians, Kevvy Mental of Fake Shark - Real Zombie!, radding up the soundtrack.

On American Mary, Kevvy killed it with some beautiful original score for signature scenes. Like this track, 'Loser', from the Billy fantasy sequence in the club. Please enjoy!

Listen to it HERE!


American Mary OST: Raging Bull

One of my favourite tracks from American Mary from my beloved end bar scene. Please enjoy!



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dead Hooker on the Horror Channel

Don't miss DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK on the Horror Channel - Wednesday 13 February 2013 @ 22:55

"Brutally outrageous bloodbath. Four disparate friends, the Badass, the Geek, the Goody Two Shoes and the Junkie face a fight for their lives when a dead hooker is inexplicably found in their car."

Get your details here!


Keep Calm & Stay Rad UK

Wicked meme by Christopher Wilkinson in celebration of the UK's fucking awesome support of crazed Canadian twins.


American Mary OST - 'My Suicide' Remix


Wanting an American Mary OST? Here's 'My Suicide' - Fed Conti Dubstep Mix [preview] for you kids that are all like what's that rad track that the doctors at the ranko party are listening to!


Monday, February 11, 2013

Blood Drive PSA BTS

Jen and I had a great time testing yesterday and shooting today with MASTERSFX for our Massive Blood Drive PSA. Video is coming soon, but here's a little BTS with us, Todd Masters, Jason Ward, Lori Sandnes, and Jennifer Latour.

Please enjoy! And please be brave and donate. The number of donors has steadily been decreasing and someone needs blood every three seconds. Take on the little prick and be a hero to someone. 


American Mary Takes Third & Fourth Place

Just saw this. A huge thank you to everyone who bought an American Mary DVD or BluRay. This is an unspeakable honour to us and the team that came together for this very different film.

Thank you for making this kind of success possible and proving that there is a place for non-remakes/sequels in the horror market.

UPDATE: Since posting this, an hour later MARY moved up to 2nd place and is in 1st place this morning. You guys made that happen. A huge humble thanks for making it possible.


Graphic Novel Style Twins

Comic art by Christopher Wilkinson of Jen and me on set. Surprisingly close to reality.


Hanging Around

Design for Dr. Grant air freshener. I will make this happen.


Canadian Horror Flag

Jamie 'Jay' Curd kicking his awesome meme making abilities into high gear by painting 
the Canadian flag horror twin red. Fuck yes!


International Responses to American Mary

"“American Mary” has a concept that transcends the horror genre. In many ways the film is political commentary piece, a feminist vignette and a tragedy, with a certain Alice in Wonderland deliriousness that has earned the film a strong cult following. American Mary follows the career journey, and eventually the spiritual degradation, that occurs to an idealistic young woman who abandons the legitimate surgery field in order to go into underground body modification." - Horror Nerds (full article)
 "I am in love with American Mary. 
To say that the Twisted Twins latest film is one of the most anticipated horror films of the past year would be an amazing understatement. I myself couldn't wait to get a hold of the film in some form. It wasn't until the recent UK release that I was happily satiated with the exploits of Mary and her surgical saws. Thank baby Jesus for region-free Blu-Ray players.
I wanna start off by saying that this film looks incredible. The visionary sisters have definitely honed their knowledge of filmmaking since their debut, Dead Hooker in a Trunk. Just watching the film on mute shows that they truly know how to frame a picture. Scene after scene, the eye is treated to works of art. The color depth and the way the film is shot is breath-taking and truly makes American Mary a spectacle to behold." - Film Deviant (full article)
"Now that's a film, especially how they didn't use "Bloody Mary" as the actual title of the movie, but just a name given to her throughout the movie. I loved it. It had a touch of revenge with that torture twist. Katharine Isabelle, was fantastic, she gave a fuck, yet she didn't.
Now, everyone...go watch this film." - Christina, Letterboxd (full article)
"In this sense what sets American Mary apart from the majority of other horror films is the inversion of the usual power relationships between men and women. Mary becomes empowered, as well as both feared and respected by her underworld associates, precisely because she is both beautiful and skilled as a surgeon. A scene in which a character tells Mary how he wished he had known her when he enacted revenge on a youth who was involved in the death of his mother reveals the awe in which he holds her. Ultimately, American Mary accomplishes something of a different order entirely to other recent films which similarly could be termed feminist horror." - The Quietus (full article)
"I get to see so many horror films that I often find myself in an eye-rolling situation when a tired concept is chewed and spat out time and time again, but with this film I found myself enthralled. The Soskas have created something original, refreshing and, considering the budget and timescales (only a 15 day shoot), utterly incredible. I refuse to place this shoulder to shoulder with other low budget films as this crisply executed piece kicks many larger budgeted films' backsides.

The subject matter is extremely fascinating and I found myself Googling the body-mod community as soon as the film finished (although I could never actually partake – I'm an official wimp). The film is so well done due to the amount of research done and such creativity on the Twisted Twins' part." - Horror Talk
(full article)
"The movie flows beautifully smooth, you just can't fault the directing as it plays out like you're reading a book. It has a raw pyscho-sexual erotic feel in the same vain as "American Psycho" (without Huey Lewis) which is no bad comparison at all. Once again the Twisted Twins have worn their hearts and influences on their sleeves and gave us a superb film, I'd even say another cult-classic." - Raz's Midnight Macabre (full article)
"For the second film from the “Twisted Twins”, it would appear that the sisters have given us a less Robert Rodriquez type of film and more of a David Cronenberg affair, since it is hard to think body modification without thinking David Cronenberg. But what follows is a film that seems like a mix of different methods and styles as Katharine Isabelle explodes on the screen with a performance that I think will finally make people think of Ginger Snaps second now when thinking about her." - Zombies Don't Run (full article)
"The script is solid, the look of the movie is almost exactly what the ladies were after (it brings to mind the style of the better Asian horrors to have appeared in the last decade or so) and the effects scattered throughout are very impressive. Yet, what really transforms American Mary (pun intended) is the fact that it delivers the goods for horror fans who don’t mind some intelligence with their bloodshed and also stands out as something impressively original in a genre that can often be overcrowded with torture movies, zombie films, remakes and sequels.

I can’t wait to see what the Twisted Twins give us next." - Flick Feast
(full article)


5 Second Horror Film School

Cheap horror trick. Do you wear disposable contact lenses? Fake blood in the face = red eyes. Don’t wear em too long cuz it’s most likely not good for you, but does add a horror show element for whatever you’re up to.

Got lots of blood on us today with Masters FX for our Massive Blood Drive PSA shoot today. Coming very fucking soon. Here’s Jen and me post shower still with red eyes. 


Friday, February 08, 2013

Meet Mary in Jersey

Hey Katie fans - you can meet that chick at Monster Mania! Tell her I say hi and tell her how brilliant and beautiful she is:

"Here we go again! You didn't think we wer finished did ya???
We are VERY pleased to announce that KATHARINE ISABELLE has just been added to the already stacked lineup at MONSTER-MANIA CON 24 the weekend of March 8-10th in Cherry Hill, NJ! 
Katharine will be joining the FREDDY VS JASON REUNION at the show. Katharine also has starred in the GINGER SNAPS film series as well as INSOMNIA, BEING HUMAN and also in the new film AMERICAN MARY.
We are very happy to welcome KATHARINE ISABELLE back to MONSTER-MANIA CON!"