Directors: Jen and Sylvia Soska
Stars: Katharine Isabelle, Tristan Risk, Antonio Cupo, John Emmet Tracy, David Lodgren, Twan Holliday, Paula Lindberg
Last year, Canadian siblings Jen and Sylvia Soska made waves throughout the genre community with the wonderfully titled Dead Hooker in a Trunk, an exploitation throwback that, while rough around the edges, exhibited massive potential and a perverse creativity. And with their drastically different, less jokey follow-up, American Mary, the Twisted Twins, as they've dubbed themselves, seem to have capitalized on all of that promise.
Word out of the recent Fright Fest and Fantastia film fests position American Mary as one of the year's best horror movies, one anchored by star Katharine Isabelle's (Ginger Snaps) lauded performance as a cash-strapped medical student who starts earning paychecks in an underground world of unsanctioned, and gory, surgeries. Most exciting of all is the fact that the Soska sisters ignored the allure of CGI effects and staged all of the film's grosses sights with practical, real-looking makeup and effects.
Considering that the horror community is predominantly a boys' club, in terms of its most acclaimed filmmakers, it's about time for some ladies to show and prove, and the Twisted Twins just might be at the forefront of the burgeoning feminine movement.