Sunday, January 8, 2012

DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK


DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK (2009)
CA
Directed by Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska

CAST:
Rikki Gagne - Junkie
Jen Soska - Geek
Sylvia Soska - Badass/ 1989 The Cunt

PLOT:
     Set in beautiful Vancouver, 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 left in their trunk.


REVIEW:
      So as most can tell by now I've geared back up and getting back on the review wagon. I just want to apologize for those that sent my their indie and short films I haven't gotten to yet. I'm going to be making my way through my emails that have sent me links and watching them all in the next month or so. So today it's the indie feature Dead Hooker In A Trunk.


    The acting for the most part in the movie was surprisingly decent. Usually in low budget productions the acting is the one area that almost suffers the most, thankfully the female cast members were more than decent in their roles. In fact, I would have to say that they were the main reason I kept watching the movie. Now C.J. Wallis who plays Goody Two-Shoes I have to say improved throughout the movie. When we're first introduced to his character it just seemed like Wallis was lost at what to do, though later on he seems to finally get a grip on his character and his place in the movie. As for Loyd Bateman as Killer/ Priest, he does a much better job in his role as the Priest. Yet once he takes on the role of Killer he tries too hard to be threatening, hence he comes off as almost a joke. But when Bateman speaks quietly he can pull off a decent antagonistic role with some menace.


      I will give the Soska sisters, Jen and Sylvia, some applause for trying to pull off a homage to the grindhouse movies of the 70's.They have the look from that time period down quite well, as well as from the 80's, 90's, and 00's. But, in certain scenes the camera is out of focus which detracts from the viewing. There's is one thing that I was really pleased with though and that the Soskas do use different lenses, as well as used filters during editing of their movie. Another drawback of the movie is the sound, as during some parts of the movie it's just fine and sounds very professional, yet at other times it seems like the tried to use the mic on the camera they were using, which doesn't have a wind-screen on most camera mics. Another drawback is the use of CG during one scene in the movie, in which Junkie gets her arm tore off by a semi-truck. Yes, it was meant to shock at first, then laugh at what happened (I laughed my ass off at this scene). But it was also the most unrealistic scene of the production due to poorly executed CGI.


   The overall feel of the film was not one I expected. The reason I'm saying this is because when the film starts I was completely lost and had no idea where it was going. There is still points in the film I'm trying to  figure out such as the Purple Cowboy Pimp. He shows up at one scene as a door keeper then disappears.   Nothing wrong with that in general, yet he shows back up later on a horse going after Badass. Now this might not seem that out of the blue, yet how did he find her in the middle of nowhere. And it just seems too perfect that there was a farm nearby, hence the horse he rides in on. One of my biggest complaints abut the movie is the use of Deus Ex Machina. Now this isn't that unheard of in movies that paint themselves into a corner, but rarely do they actually bring in God. Yes, you read that right. They actually bring in God to move the story forward and actually drops one of the characters off in front of a house where Geek is at and both ask how they got there. I know that the movie is a self financed and independent feature but nothing is quite unforgivable as not giving you're audience the respect they deserve by not believing they have a brain.

BEST DEATH:
     Not really a death but watching Geek lose a body part was completely unexpected but fun.


BEST LINE:
    YOU EVER BEEN SKULLFUCKED AFTER ASS RAPED??? Jesus doesn't love you.

FUN FACTS:
     C.J. Wallis not only played Goody Two-Shoes in the film, but also edited, shot, sound tracked, marketed, and did all post on the film.

     The first screenings of the film took place in February of 2010. The very first screening being at the Ghouls on Film Festival in the UK with the second being the Pretty/Scary DOA Bloodbath Film Fest in Texas a few days later.

     During the end credits this line appears:
No hookers were harmed during the principal photography of this feature film production.

4 comments:

  1. I have this sitting on my bookshelf and still havent watched it! Oh its time!

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  2. It's a interesting watch to say the least.

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