Are you a fan of horror movies? Do you like to know what goes bump in the night? Meet the twisted twins, Jen and Sylvia Soska (Pronounced Sauce-Ka). These Vancouver, BC natives are twin directing sisters who first exploded onto the scene back in 2009 with their impressive first film, Dead Hooker In a Trunk. Hooker was a wild ride filled with dark humor, badass characters, and of course, lots of blood. One particularly painful scene for Geek, played by none other than Jen Soska herself, inducted these ladies into what is now a thriving career of gore and galore. Spanning over the last ten years, you may have seen these two dark beauties directing in thought-provoking and kick ass movies, (see: Vendetta, See No Evil 2) or even caught a glimpse of them on TV’s Hellavator, the horror-based game show. The twins were delectably devilish hosts giggling and poking fun as they tortured and criticized contestants who screamed their way through many obstacle courses.
In 2012, they also won an award for Best Director(s) at Toronto’s After Dark Film Festival, and went on to win four more awards, and many nominations, in best directing for their work creating American Mary. This was a phenomenal tale about female empowerment, body modification culture, and of course, you guessed it, lots of blood. Katherine Isabelle, (Ginger Snaps, TV’s Hannibal) does one hell of a blood strip dance starring as Mary, a medical student trying to make her way through school who ends up heading down a dark out of control path of violence, when she joins forces with a strip club owner to make ends meet after she is abused by her professor. Along the way, she also encounters many quirky characters, including the obscurely talented, Tristan Risk, (The ABC’s of Death 2, Call Girl) as Beatrice, a lonely Betty Boop-inspired and modified woman who just wants a friend, and the talented Paula Lindberg as Ruby Realgirl, the human Barbie. This beautifully directed noir film will draw you in and keep you captivated until the end. The twins even make a guest appearance as the Demon Twins of Berlin who inquire about having Mary do a procedure on them.
The Soska’s are also avid supporters of yearly WIHM’s (Women in Horror Recognition Month) Blood Drive where they have created and directed many successful PSA’s for volunteers over the last ten years. The PSA’s are available on YouTube and also on the twins official website, where you can see the twins as classy fashionistas drenched in blood as hunky shirtless men scrub them down (see 2015’s PSA “Give It Up”), or as underground fighters getting every last drop to donate out in 2014’s PSA “Fight Like A Girl”. One of my all-time favorites is from 2012’s WiH Massive Blood Drive PSA where the twins choose some unsuspecting men as their victims for teaching us all the statistics and the importance of donating.
2015’s Twisted Twins Blood Drive PSA “Give It Up”
Not only are these talented ladies award-winning director’s, but they are also amazing humanitarians that care a lot about people in general and aren’t afraid to make it known. Constantly tweeting fans back, posting inspirational and personal quotes, and advocating for suicide awareness, amidst their busy lives, these women are in constant pause to stop and thank the world and those around them. They remind us all not to take life for granted, to get out there, follow our stupid fucking dreams, make the most of it, and get back up even stronger when we fall.
Keep an eye out for these dark temptresses of horror because they are just getting started. Currently writing for Marvel’s Black Widow series, and about to drop their bloody remake of horror classic Rabid, by David Cronenberg, in the coming months, the twins are keeping busy and gaining speed. Rabid is already receiving quite a bit of buzz in the horror community starting with a first look interview by CBC Canadian news, and cover shots on Fangoria and Rue Morgue magazines. The remake will also star incredibly talented and avid animal lover, Laura Vandervoort, from the TV’s 2009 remake of “V” the series, 2017’s Jigsaw, and TV’s Supergirl.
CBC Canadian First Look at “Rabid”