Dead Hooker In A Trunk

Dir: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, 2009

5/10

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The Soska sisters debut film is all about style over substance.

Badass (Sylvia Soska) wants to go and score some drugs with her friend, Junkie.

Dragging along for the ride is Badass’s twin sister, Geek and her religious friend Goody-two-shows.

However, things don’t go according to plan when a dead hooker turns up in the boot of Badass’s car.

Unsure of whether she caused the death, Badass makes her friends help her with burying the body.

This is easier said than done, as they encounter problem after problem with the police, drug dealers and a murderers.

Unapologetically a comedy, Dead Hooker In A Trunk is a love letter to exploitation pictures found in grindhouse theatres and drive-in’s feartured so prominently in America of old.

Gory, but not overly so, the sisters deftly create an atmosphere of sleaziness with its low budget look.

The acting is, at best, amateurish. The Soska’s were born with a thespian talent deficiency.

For a first film it’s fairly competent. It’d be wrong to expect Citizen Kane on a debut feature. They’re just finding their feet.

Dead Hooker In A Trunk sounds more fun that it, actually, is. The story can’t keep up the pace of the film’s short running time.

Flimsy from the start, there isn’t many places you can go with a plot like this so the steam depletes quickly along with our interest.

The sound is just a stream of mumbles or shouting. This causes a negative impact on the wafer thin plot as you can easily miss what’s being said and then the narrative becomes incoherent and our enthusiasm begins ebbing away.

Ironically, attempting to make the film interesting and, to a degree, realistic, causes you to disassociate from the film.

The characters are all dislikeable, even the good ones. Goody-two-shoes is irritating, spouting religious platitudes and rhetoric.

Badass ISN’T a badass in the slightest. Taking drugs and carrying a gun, aided by a recalcitrant ignorance does not make you ‘well ‘ard!’

Geek is a shit-stirring twonk, lacking any loyalty to her sister.

Junkie is just that; a junkie.

We can’t care for any of these people so don’t give a damn what happens to any of them.

Immediately, the audience is pushed away and taken out of the film.

Having a character to cheer on is part of what makes a film good.

Occasionally interesting, the majority of the time not.

Immediately forgettable, it isn’t a film to recommend.

 

 



 

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