CJ Wallis – Dead Hooker in a Trunk and American Mary (Interview)

CJ Wallis has been described as “Canada’s Best Kept Secret Weapon” A hidden Gem in the filmmaking world. He is an extremely talented and gifted director, actor, cinematographer, producer, editor and writer. You might know Cj because of him acting as Goody Two-Shoes in Dead Hooker in a Trunk but he also shot, edited , composed the score and worked on the effects team. Yet He isn’t even on the cover of the film. This made me extremely curious and decided to get in touch with him. Especially after he had left working on American Mary before shooting. Harley: Hello CJ, Thanks so much for taking the time to do this with us today. How did you start working on Dead Hooker In A Trunk specifically? CJ Wallis: Of course. Thanks for having me. Harley: you have worked on documentaries, music videos, shorts, scores you name it… but how did you start working on Dead Hooker In A Trunk specifically? CJ Wallis: I started working on dead hooker in a trunk about a week before the girls were starting their feature film version of a trailer they had done at their film school, which i was briefly teaching a film class at. one of the acting students didn’t bother to show up for the final project we were putting together so I played his role. It was a character semi similar to what goody my character in hooker came to be. and the girls were at the screening of my classes project and saw what i did and asked me. at the time, I don’t think they knew a...

Grim Film Reviewz Reviews ‘Dead Hooker In A Trunk’

Having seen “American Mary”, I instantly became a fan of the Soska twins. It was apparent to me that they get what horror is and understand it on a professional level. They’re innovative and tactical, as well as smart directors and writers. I even participated in an twitter chat-a-thon with the cast and crew when“American Mary” hit video a few weeks ago. Even though I was on the ball with their newest film, one thing I never got around to was seeing their first film. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I heard nothing but good things. My dilemma was that I liked “American Mary” so much, that I was afraid of being let down by a lesser film. And I couldn’t have been more wrong! “Dead Hooker in a Trunk” is true Grindhouse style horror. You have a lot of films lately trying to be Grindhouse, but this movie is a lot more genuine than those. They didn’t have to shoot it to look like it was from the 70’s or make the film look deteriorated. They just shot a gritty, bloody and darkly sexy movie with a small budget and a lot of heart for the genre. It’s a blast to watch from the opening scenes until the end credits. The Soska twins actually have some pretty decent acting skills, they’re better than I thought they’d be. And they’re a lot of fun. It’s great to see how involved they were with this film, you can tell it’s their baby and they took a lot of pride in it. Another thing, is that it has a lot of humor in it!...

Brutal As Hell Reviews ‘Dead Hooker In A Trunk’

It sounds straight away like the set-up to a joke, so I might as well do the synopsis as such… So there’s these twin sisters. One of them’s a badass, and one of them’s a geek. The badass has a BFF who’s a junkie, whilst the geek is chummy with a goody-two shoes who pounds the bible and volunteers at a church youth group. Whilst neither duo wants much to do with the other, they find themselves stuck with each other after all four of them discover in the badass’s car… guess what… a dead hooker in the trunk. The second and final feature film shown at the Ghouls On Film festival, Dead Hooker In A Trunk is every bit as self-consciously quirky as it sounds, from the absence of character names to the abundance of implausible twists, and the inescapable novelty of it being written, produced, and directed by real life identical twins, who also play the lead roles. Knowing their film would have eccentricity on its side by proxy, they clearly decided the only way to go would be to pile on the craziness and stuff in as much as they could, crafting a grindhouse-ish collage of buddy comedy, pulp crime, and occasional ultraviolence. The resulting movie is a decidedly mixed bag, bound to inspire mixed feelings. Let’s get the negative aspects out of the way. First off, Dead Hooker In A Trunk suffers the most common ailments of no-budget DV filmmaking: often terrible sound and picture quality. The constantly roving handheld camerawork gets off-putting pretty quick (or maybe that’s just me and my low tolerance for motion...

Gorepress.com Reviews ‘Dead Hooker In A Trunk’

After much hype and a long road, I finally found my way to a copy of the Soska Sisters’ inaugural film, Dead Hooker in a Trunk. You’ve all seen it by now, so this review might be moot. But I’m writing it anyway. Dead Hooker in a Trunk is an everyday cautionary tale of four messed up friends drawn into a world of violence and pain when they wake up from a wild night of partying to find the corpse of a sex worker in the boot of their car. I bet you didn’t pick that up from the title. It does go a little deeper than that, but you get the gist of it. Clearly made with very little money and shot digitally, the look of Dead Hooker is incredibly cheap. Compound that with some shaky camerawork and dodgy editing, and we’re entering the kind of territory that might have a lot of movie watchers reaching for that remote. If you can get passed some of the visual problems, there is a lot to like about this film. I’m going to go ahead and assume this film was shot in sequence, because everyone seems to get better as it goes on. The actors and camerawork both improve as the running time mounts up. The characters are deliberately designed to be versions of one-note archetypes, but they all seem to have a little more going on below the surface. They work well too. Obviously they make some pretty stupid decisions, but that’s just the burden of horror and cult films. The real star of this flick is its “I...

Schocktillyoudrop.com Reviews ‘Dead Hooker In A Trunk’

Canadian identical twin sisters Sylvia and Jen Soska are on one hell of a roll.  In their 2009 indie directorial debut, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, four friends find a dead prostitute in the trunk of their car and set out on a crazy road trip to dispose of the body before the shit truly hits the fan.  The Soska’s wrote, directed and star in the film. It’s been just over two years now since the film’s initial release and it is still whipping up a considerable storm of impressed horror critics and an adoringly gleeful fanbase thanks to the considerable energy the sisters have poured into promoting themselves through their self-founded production company, Twisted Twins Productions. Not bad for a shoestring budget shoot, don’t you think? They’re already wrapping up production on their second feature – starring Ginger Snaps‘ Katharine Isabelle – American Mary. Sounding like a totally different kind of beast compared to their debut effort, American Mary is a sordid tale of underground surgery, murder and mayhem currently slated for a 2013 release.  If one thing is for certain, it’s this: The Soska sisters have the attention of the horror going community – one that is often accused of being sexist as hell. When you get the chance, grab yourself someDead Hooker and then ask yourself this – could the Soskas be the long overdue shot of adrenaline to the heart female-driven horror cinema needs?   With Dead Hooker in a Trunk‘s January 31 DVD release looming, Shock sits down with the duo while they catch a brief respite from a damn hectic post -production schedule that would make most of us quiver at the...

Littlewhiteslies.co.uk Review ‘Dead Hooker In A Trunk’

As cheap, meretricious and disposable as its titular character, this countercultural road movie is a puerile mishmash of low-rent clichés and in-your-face transgression. See a film with a title like Dead Hooker in a Trunk, and you know you are in for some wilfully sleazy exploitation – and in this respect at least, the feature debut from identical twins Jen and Sylvia Soska (who act, write, direct, produce, and do their own stunts) does not disappoint. As cheap, meretricious and disposable as its titular character, this countercultural road movie may be a puerile mishmash of low-rent clichés and in-your-face transgression (with just a smattering of Weekend at Bernie’s), but it is just about knowing enough to get away with it – as long as you approach it with the right (which is to say lowered) kind of expectation. “This car is purgatory,” theorises Junkie (Rikki Gagne) who, like all the film’s otherwise anonymous ‘characters’, is designated merely by a stereotyping label in the closing credits. “We’ve all led these messed-up lives so the dude upstairs calling the shots doesn’t know if we’re going up or down.” The car in question is a Pontiac Firebird belonging to Junkie’s friend Badass (Sylvia Soska), a hyper-violent gothgirl who has been coolly offing male aggressors since childhood. With Badass at the wheel, her twin sister Geek (Jen Soska) – inevitably distinguished by her nerdy glasses – has just picked up Geek’s one-time foster-brother and would-be boyfriend Goody Two-Shoes (LJ Wallis) from his Christian Youth Group, and now this unlikely foursome is about to go on a decidedly less salubrious errand to score some drugs for...