The Soska Sisters | SEE NO EVIL 2

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Recently we were lucky enough to grab some time with the Soska sisters, Jen and Sylvia, ahead of the release of See No Evil 2. After smashing into the horror genre with Dead Hooker in a Trunk and then gaining further praise for American Mary, the twins have become fan-favourites of the genre. The full interview - featuring talk about their current projects, their upcoming work, Painkiller Jane, Dean Cain being a badass, how they handle themselves in a genre that’s so male-heavy, and how horror fans either want to marry them and keep them in a dungeon or murder them slowly in front of their family – can be found in the next issue of STARBURST MAGAZINE (available this coming Friday!). For now, here’s a teaser of what went down when we got to probe the minds of these twisted sisters.

STARBURST: Starting with your current movie, how did you guys end up involved with See No Evil 2 in the first place?

Sylvia Soska: It’s so funny. Our agent told us that we had a script that we needed to read right away, and we’ve read so many scripts after American Mary and all of them basically wanted us to make American Mary again but not call it American Mary; just a sexy surgeon starring Katharine Isabelle. So we didn’t read it right away. We got a call from him again asking if we’d read it, it’s actually a script emergency. Jen and I are huge WWE fans - we started watching way back when Kane’s character was first introduced. We watched the movie [See No Evil] when it was released in theaters. So we’re reading it and we’re like, “No way, this can’t actually be an offer for us!”

Jen Soska: They said to keep an open mind because they had no idea that we were huge WWE fans. The only thing that could’ve made it sweeter was if The Undertaker was in it. Everyone is a wrestling fan at one point in their lives. I was trying to get people to come back to wrestling, telling them, like, “You should watch now!”

Sylvia: Yeah, Vince McMahon gives us a quarter every time someone starts watching again.

With horror icons like Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, etc, how did you try and differentiate Jacob Goodnight from those guys?

Jen: Well it was important for us to establish what his mythology is. With Jacob, he has an overbearing religious mother, and we had to separate that from Norman Bates as well. A lot of his anguish is shown in the film, so you kind of get the reason that he’s killing. Of course, it’s the classic slasher thing of he doesn’t like people sinning or having sex or fooling round.

Sylvia: It’s a very self-aware slasher love letter. A lot of the cinematography and little moments in it, especially if you’re a wrestling fan, there’s little things that we see sneaked in through the whole thing just to be, like, “Hey, look at that!”

Jen: But it was also important to make Glenn Jacobs, Kane, and Jacob Goodnight all three different characters.

In terms of on-screen talent, the horror genre often sees women portrayed as the victim, as the ‘final girl’ or as the ‘scream queen.’ How do you find people react to you as being serious writers and directors in the genre, and are you now just seen as one of the guys?

Sylvia: I don’t think I’m one of the guys. Hanging out at Fantastic Fest with all the other directors there, it’s amazing. People are very excited to see women directors because they don’t understand why there aren’t more of them. It’s been at an all-time low in the last 40 years, women directing. It’s just shocking in this day and age. You have a whole piece of the population and you’re not getting their stories, you’re not hearing their voice. Once in a while, I run into somebody really stupid who’ll be, like, “How can you make a horror movie because you’re a girl?” I’m like “You’re right, I should just go to the kitchen.”

Jen: Or an action movie. We just finished our first action movie, Vendetta, and somebody asked how we could direct an action movie when we’re girls. It’s the most stupidest thing in the world. How are you supposed to make a comedy if you’re a man? How are you supposed to know what’s funny? It’s insane! There’s always some people that are just not going to like us just for whatever reason. We weren’t popular in high school. Life is like high school, it just extends from there. Anyone who says it’s any different when you get out is just wrong.

Sylvia: I wanna think about what Mary Harron did. She could’ve easily been like, “Fuck off, you’re wrong.” Instead she decided to be educational. So any time I run into someone who’s misinformed, no matter how stupid their comments are, I try to be like “Well that’s an interesting point, but we know what we’re doing. Yes, we’ve done this. Yes, I’m aware of that. Thank you.”

And that’s that for now - this tease is merely the tip of the iceberg. For the full interview, you’ll have to wait until Starburst #406 is released on Friday. But trust us, this was one fun, interesting and engaging interview with two ladies who have a huge role to play in the future of the horror genre.

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