April 29, 1983 |
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|Other names||Twisted Twins, The Soska Sisters|
|Occupation||Film directors, producers, screenwriters, actresses|
Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska (born April 29, 1983), also known as The Soska Sisters or The Twisted Twins, are Canadian twin sisters who work together as film directors, producers and screenwriters.
The Soska sisters were born on their mother's birthday, April 29, in Canada and run their own film production company, Twisted Twins Productions. The twins graduated from Argyle Secondary School. Their love of horror began at an early age, when their mother gave in to their constant begging to watch Poltergeist. They decided to work in the horror movie field soon after, initially trying to become actresses and working as extras in various well known films and television series', but were very unhappy with the stereotypical twin roles they were being offered. Seeking to make themselves marketable for better roles, Jen and Sylvia briefly attended film school, creating their movie, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, as a final project. They directed, starred in, wrote, and produced it, with a budget of $2500.
Following their first project, the twins struggled to find work for women in the film industry. Deciding to make films themselves, they created American Mary. Their film, See No Evil 2 was released in late 2014.
The twins are strong supporters of gender equality and LGBTQ causes. They strongly support Women in Horror Month every February, and create a new blood donation PSA for it every year. The subculture of body modification fascinates them despite not having any extreme modifications themselves. The social acceptance and fair treatment of all individuals is something they loudly advocate, including support for the transgender and gender variant communities. They are also avid fans of WWE, making See No Evil 2 with Lionsgate and WWE studios and working with wrestler Kane and coming back for Vendetta starring Big Show and Dean Cain. The Soska Sisters are fans of Grindhouse cinema, and are influenced by directors Robert Rodriguez, Mary Harron, David Cronenberg, Wes Craven, and Eli Roth, who helped inspire them to make their film American Mary. The film's first funding came from their parents who remortgaged their home to invest in the film. The twins have been compared to Alfred Hitchcock in their directing, as they appear in all their films and have a tendency to kill off blonde females in their scripts, quoting the famous filmmaker "blondes make the best victims."
In February 2016, the directing duo of Jen and Sylvia Soska came on board to direct a remake of David Cronenberg’s 1977 zombie thriller Rabid. John Vidette’s Somerville House Releasing entered into a joint venture with Paul Lalonde and Michael Walker to produce a feature film and original TV series based on the 1977 Canadian horror film.
Longtime comic book fans, the Soska Sisters first released comic book came in a story featuring Night Nurse for Marvel's Secret Wars Journal #5 in September 2015. They have also teamed with Daniel Way and Rob Dumo on their first full length very graphic novel entitled Kill-Crazy Nymphos Attack! even featuring the sisters' likenesses in two characters called The Sister Sisters. In April 2016, it was announced that the Soskas would be returning to write for Marvel again, this time featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy in Guardians of Infinity #8.
They are known for directing often violent and visceral horror movies such as Dead Hooker in a Trunk, See No Evil 2 and American Mary. They are also the hosts of the survival horror gameshow, Hellevator.
Dead Hooker in a Trunk
Dead Hooker in a Trunk was directed, produced, edited and starred the sisters. The film was shot for $2,500 and released by IFC. It received an overall rating of 80% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes (4 fresh and 1 rotten review). The twins starred in the film as twin sisters – Badass (Sylvia) and Geek (Jen).
American Mary was shown at Film4 Fright Fest, Toronto After Dark Film Festival and Monster Fest, gaining positive reviews and critical acclaim from each festival. It received an overall rating of 57% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes (27 fresh and 20 rotten reviews). They make an appearance in this film, again playing twins known in the canon as The Demon Twins of Berlin.
ABCs of Death 2, See No Evil 2 and Beyond
Jen and Sylvia Soska have made two films for WWE Studios: See No Evil 2 and Vendetta. They have a cameo appearance in See No Evil 2 as twin corpses in the morgue. The sisters directed a segment in ABCs of Death 2 entitled T is for Torture Porn,and appear in the segment W is for Wish as witches.
Avid fans of cameo appearances, the twins have cameoed in Richard Bates Jr's "Suburban Gothic", Zach Lipovsky's "Dead Rising: Watchtower", and Lauro Chartrand's "Blackburn".
They have also said to be working on a monster horror film entitled Bob, rumoured to have already been re-partnered with Masters FX. As of Wednesday, October 21, 2015 the twins will add game show host to their resumes as the Masterminds on the Blumhouse, GSN, and Matador survival horror gameshow called Hellevator. In spring of 2016, it was announced that Hellevator was renewed for a second season with the twins returning as hosts.
The Soskas are currently in pre-production on Rabid, and have hinted that their following film project will either be Bob, a creature feature about baseball, or The Man Who Kicked Ass, an action-horror Western film. They are also currently playing Macie & Gracie Goodtime in Lauro Chartrand's new film, Crimson Creek Massacre, alongside Willie Aames, Ken Kirzinger, Duane E Howard, and Lochlyn Munro. They will be releasing a grindhouse comedy graphic novel in collaboration with artist Daniel Way and Rob Dumo called Kill-Crazy Nymphos Attack! in 2017.
|2001||Josie and the Pussycats||
|2009||Dead Hooker in A Trunk||
|2014||ABCs of Death 2||
|2014||See No Evil 2||
|2015||Dead Rising: Watchtower||
||"I've Had the Time of My Life"|
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