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Tell the Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon, Canada That You Support Dead Hooker in a Trunk

Jen and Sylvia Soska's independent feature debut Dead Hooker in a Trunk is a little self financed film that has featured in film festivals all over the world, gaining both critical appraise and winning a number of awards.  The film is proof that with a lot of love, hard work and dedication it was possible for two girls from Canada to make a highly entertaining and much praised first film off their own backs.  They have been an inspiration to women everywhere and have shown that Canada has some seriously talented and original filmmakers. 

The film was due to be screened in their home country Canada on April 22nd at the Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon.  However after an anonymous caller phoned the theatre complaining about the name of the film, claiming that she was embarassaed for Saskatoon and couldn’t believe they would show a movie with that title after the recent spate of missing prostitutes in Vancouver, the film was pulled.  I can understand why this may upset people but the thing is, amidst all the madness of this movie, what our four characters are trying to do in the end is put this girl at peace.  Someone has now also taken it upon themselves to rip down the film’s festival posters.  Not only is this a destruction of private property, it is a show of complete ignorace and immaturity on that individuals behalf. 

I had the greatest pleasure to give Dead Hooker in a Trunk its Scottish premiere at my Women in Horror Month festival, Jennifer’s Bodies in February.  What struck people more than anything was the tremendous amount of heart that this film had.  As well as being a throwback to the grindhouse films of old, this is also largely a film about friendship.  Canada should be proud of Jen and Sylvia Soska and their team of Canadian filmmakers.  What you have here are two strong and independent women who have gained a large amount of recognition and support within a relatively short period of time.  This is a case of blatant censorship and over a name no less. 

We the undersigned urge you to reconsider your descision and support these women whom we believe to be the future of independent and original horror.  Canada should be supporting their own and celebrating them with the rest of the world, not censoring them. 

 

 

 

 

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