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Cinema Junkie Episode 188: Celebrating Women In Horror Month With Jen And Sylvia Soska

Twisted Twins have remake of ‘Rabid’ now streaming

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Jen (left) and Sylvia (right) flank two of their actors on the set of "Rabid."

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February is Women In Horror Month and Cinema Junkie checks in with the Twisted Twins Jen and Sylvia Soska. The Soskas have a new film currently streaming, it's the remake of fellow Canadian David Cronenberg's 70s cult favorite, "Rabid." I have been following the rise of the Twisted Twins since their feature debut "Dead Hooker in a Trunk" in 2009 ... Read more →

Aired: February 21, 2020 | Transcript

When Jen and Sylvia Soska were little girls they weren't playing with Barbies, they were playing with spiders or huddled in the horror section of their video store.

"We would go around looking at the back of boxes for the bloodiest things, the goriest messes, and we'd beg our mom, and never, never let us watch one until 'Poltergeist,'" Sylvia Soska remembered.

I can’t think of better representatives for Women in Horror Month than the Canadian blood-loving filmmaking twins Jen and Sylva Soska.

"Poltergeist" changed Sylvia’s life. It terrified her but her mother calmed her fears by explaining the art of special effects.

"She told me that everything I saw was systematically made by very talented artists with the intention of scaring me," Sylvia said. "And I was like wait a minute? These people's job is scaring people?"

That's the job the Soskas wanted and the job they now have. These Twisted Twins burst on the horror scene in 2009 with the grindhouse film "Dead Hooker in a Trunk," the name alone got them banned from a film festival.

Then they moved up in production values to make the very personal and perversely brilliant "American Mary" that looked to the world of body modification and then threw in a revenge story that went to surgical extremes in 2012.

More recently they found success with a horror TV game show called "Hellavator" and working for the WWE Studios. Now they have a remake of "Rabid," David Cronenberg's cult film from the 1970s.

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Jen and Sylvia Soska playing with prosthetics on the set of "Rabid."

The film played the horror festival circuit late last year with a limited theatrical release in December. Now it is available streaming on Amazon Prime, Vudu and other streaming services.

It's always a blast speaking with Jen and Sylvia Soska, and I'm thrilled that they are turning their talents to another personal project.


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