Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009)

Posted: March 24, 2012 in Movie Review
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Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009)

Directed By: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska

Starring: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Rikki Gagne, CJ Wallis, Carlos Gallardo

Subgenre: Exploitation

Dead Hooker in a Trunk

Synopsis: Four people must deal with a grisly discovery, a dead hooker in the trunk of their car.

Thoughts: Over the last year or so, this title kept popping up in the horror community, whether it was Facebook, Twitter or on other blogs, so I had to check it out to see if the hype was real.  The aptly titled story follows two completely opposite sisters as they try to get rid of a dead body they find in the trunk of their car, all while dealing with nefarious drug dealers, pimps, and other sordid types.

One thing to keep in mind when watching this is that it has a pretty low budget and is the first go around for the Soska Sisters.  For the most part, I was impressed with their efforts.  I thought that it started out slow and could have used a little better editing, but once the action starts, it is an insane, non-stop roller coaster ride.  In many ways, it reminded me of another wildly popular Canadian exploitation flick, Hobo with a Shotgun in that regard.  I think they would make for one hell of a double feature.

The acting is what you would expect, but suits the movie just fine.  No one in the movie is going to get an Oscar, but there also are not any horrible jobs.  It really was a labor of love for everyone involved, as CJ Wallis not only starred in the movie, but also did a lot of behind the scenes work with editing and marketing. 

While some of the FX were pretty rough, I thought they were really well done considering the budget.  There was one scene in particular where one of the sisters broke a guy’s neck and twisted his head around and to accomplish this on camera, they used a quick cut and just had the guy with his jacket on backwards.  It made me laugh but was effective.

Their work paid off as Dead Hooker in a Trunk went on to play an aggressive schedule of film festivals and horror conventions, garnering a lot of attention for Twisted Twins Productions (The Soska Sisters production company).  The twins are currently working on American Mary, a story of a medical student that becomes involved in the world of underground surgeries.  I’m looking forward to it.

Fans of explotation style movies should check out Dead Hooker for sure.  It’s not for everyone, but is a damn fun ride. 

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Comments
  1. The title alone sounds hilarious.

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