The Future of Horror: Jen and Sylvia Soska

Here’s a fun game for you; name the most famous directors you can.

Tarantino, Scorcese, Burton, Carpenter, Chan-Wook, Whedon, Jeunet, Spielberg, Kubrick, Hitchcock ,Rodriguez, Roth, Bay, Hawks, Lynch, de Palma, the Coen Brothers, Scott, Lucas, Coppola.

Do you notice what they all have in common?

They all have cocks.

But having a cock isn’t a bad thing. I like having a cock. I can pee standing up and shave my headwithout a running commentary. However it is pretty fucked up that what you have between your legs can decide whether or not you get to make a film.

Yep, that’s right. Statistics show that film studios and production companies are biased towards men. Quelle surprise. If you’re a woman and you want to make a movie it is almost guaranteed that you will not receive a fucking penny in funding. Zip. Nada. Zilch.

Jen and Sylvia Soska, directors of American Mary

In response to this, February marks the sixth ‘Women in Horror’ month, a series of events and shows designed to raise the profile of horrific women in Hollywood. So what better way to celebrate than focusing on some of the best directors of the moment. For anyone that’s been living in the woods for five years, I’m talking about the Soska twins.

These Canadian ladies burst into our consciousness in 2009, kicking ass and taking names with their debut independent feature ‘Dead Hooker in a Trunk’ while jacked up on Grindhouse, music and the best title ever written. Since then, they’ve gone from strength to strength with the universally acclaimed (and pretty fuckin’ amazing) American Mary and recently rejuvenated the slasher genre with ‘See No Evil 2’.

They came, they saw, they conquered.

Now, because the twins are huge wrestling fans, most of their recent work (including ‘Vendetta’, due for release this year) has been with WWE studios, so anyone that’s secretly fallen in love with them has some really scary competition.

However, that isn’t what’s got the fandoms buzzing. The BIG news is that our favourite Canadians have been attached to the new ‘Painkiller Jane’ movie, currently without a release date.

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For anyone who isn’t familiar with the character, she’s an ex-cop with a massively increased healing factor. In order to tackle crime and corruption that the police can’t deal with, she becomes a vigilante, but not the Batman ‘No guns, no killing’ type; she’d stir her coffee with a Glock and then shoot the barista. If you’re a bit more mainstream, think Deadpool, or a metal-free Wolverine, but about a hundred times more badass, making this the first real female superhero movie. Catwoman and Elektra don’t count.

But for the love of God please do not think that this is going to be some sweet, family-friendly superhero movie straight off the Marvel bandwagon. In an interview, the twins said “It has to be an R-rated character… because when you come to a character like Jane, she drinks, she fights, she fucks, she talks like you and I talk, and that’s an important part of her character.”

Frankly, we’ve had enough of Captain America. Now we wantTank Girl on speed, and I think the Soskas can deliver it.


If you’d like more information on the Women in Horror month, they can be found at

by Elliot Garlick