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DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK (DVD)ACTION/ADVENTURE FOUR FRIENDS SET OUT ON AN EVERYDAY ERRAND AND END UP IN A FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVES WHEN THEY DISCOVER THE BODY OF A DEAD HOOKER IN THEIR TRUNK. LEAD BY SEXY, IMPULSIVE BADASS, HER DISTANT TWIN SISTER GEEK, THEIR BIBLE-THUMPING FRIEND GOODY TWO SHOES, AND CHAOTIC ROCK STAR PAL JUNKIE.
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Anyway, I first read about Dead Hooker in a Trunk when it was a special selection at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival. Despite it's “instant cult” title it received little publicity and despite being a Canadian movie it was never released in Canada (not in theaters or DVD). One of my early 2010 Empire Magazines said it was to be released in Europe in May. That never happened either. Rotten Tomatoes says it was released to DVD late in 2012 but bi monthly searches produced nothing until a few months ago I got an Amazon.ca hit for the American release at $22.95 plus tax on DVD (eeeek!! - whatever happened to the North American Free Trad Agreement?). I had to think twice about buying, because there was going to be import duty and other taxes on top of that. John Dies at the End was only $9.95 on Blue Ray (Canadian distributor I guess?) and it was a highly regarded and well reviewed instant cult movie.
So what can I say about Dead Hooker in a Trunk …. not much! Looks like some spaced out druggie scribbled an idea on the back of a napkin and a couple of other spaced out druggies said “Hey we can film that” - no plot or written dialogue, just 90 minutes of really bad improvisation and consequently a great title wasted. With some quick pacing and some humorous dialogue this could have been “so bad it's good”, unfortunately it's just soooo baaad!Read more ›
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Dead Hooker In A Trunk is a modern spin on the exploitation film and will be instantly recognizable to people who want their movies hard, fast, and mean -- with a fistful of black comedy thrown in for good measure. Jen and Sylvia Soska clearly enjoyed the heck out of themselves while putting together this crazy, no-punches-pulled piece of independent cinema, and it shows.
Not a lot of plot involved -- it's a bada**, geek, addict, and goody two-shoes trying to dispose of a dead hooker found in the bada**'s trunk... the origin of said hooker, unknown. On the way, eyes will be knocked out, arms will be yanked off, and even being dragged by a horse won't stop this dysfunctional gang from getting rid of the hooker... and exacting bloody revenge on those who screw with them in the process!
Amoral, vicious, and firmly tongue-in-cheek, Dead Hooker In Trunk isn't for fans of slickly-crafted, PG-13 Hollywood fare... this is a dirty little film that'll make you sit up and say, "OH S#@T!" throughout. It's a delightful throwback to the days when you could make a straightforwardly, unapologetically sleazy movie brimming with personality that exists solely to entertain its audience and raise a lot of eyebrows along the way.
Jen and Sylvia did good -- HIGHLY recommended!
It's got violence. It's a comedy. It's the bizarreness that gets me though. Things happen, and I don't know what happened, or why. But someone probably lost an eye, or an arm, or a kidney. Or maybe they've been lassoed by a man on a horse. Or the dead hooker sits up suddenly and is beaten to death again.
So while this would have been a different film if it starred and entirely female cast, I have to say the inclusion of C.J. Wallis as "Goody Two Shoes" was a stroke of luck. Although he was busy co-starring in the film, as noted on IMDB he also "...edited, shot, sound tracked, marketed, and did all post on the film." He is absolutely hilarious in this film and show a key sense of comedic timing.
As for the Soska twins...what can I say. Smart, sexy, dark and a little disturbing...well a lot disturbing. At one point, I realized that they might be just playing themselves (seemed so natural as loopy twins).
So how was the movie? For an indie first time horror film I have to say hats off to these ladies. They really took on an ambitious amount of locations, story, and action for a first film. I wasn't sure what the film would look like or feel like, but having seen it would argue it's very much a "grindhouse" film as much as "horror."
Is there blood? Guts? Violence? Absolutely. The twins handle ever increasing horror, violence, confusion and surreal accidents with passion and strength. While one sister ("Geek" played by Jen) is a bit of a wallflower, it's soon apparent that she's not just a brainy beauty but able to step into the shadows. Her sister ("Badass" played by Sylvia) is a loose cannon dealing rage, violence and death blows without hesitation. These two excite, frighten and subdue all who come in their way.
The plot is a bit light and confusing at times (essentially a serial killer stalking hookers and following the twins after said hooker ends up in the trunk of Badass's car), but overall it keeps moving at a frenetic pace and you don't often linger on any scene.
I guess I am a twisted, dark soul (see my book "Dark Bites") so much of the blood, violence and guts was very familiar to me and often made me laugh out loud. There were some genuine, "I didn't see it coming" moments that made me jump (batter up).
Is it perfect? No, but it's a really great, ambitious first step to the dark side. They wrote something and made it happen-that alone should be demand our support (in particular from those of us in the horror community). But you'll also enjoy some great music (a trifle loud over the dialogue at times), kick ass gals put in insane situations and a lot of gory/violence. I suspect and anticipate that with success, more time/budget/equipment they'll have ever increasing success making horror films we can all fall in love with.
I recommend you rent this movie and leave a review here and follow these ladies as I do on Twitter (@twisted_twins). Stay bloody!