Forget Tarantino’s Crazy Babysitter Twins because we’re all about the Twisted Twins here at Dread Central. After serving up some gruesomely good grindhouse action with Dead Hooker in a Trunk, Jen and Sylvia Soska went on to wow the festival world with their body modification thriller American Mary. Since then these ladies teamed up with Kane in See No Evil 2, and they are back to paint the internet a deeper shade of crimson with their annual Blood Drive PSA as part of this year’s Women in Horror Month.
From the Press Release:
February 1st marks the commencement of, once again, Women in Horror Month, now in its 7th year. It’s a time to celebrate the outstanding achievements by feminists out there and shine a light on the gender under representation that we still struggle with.
Twisted Twins Productions has for the past seven years worked with Women in Horror Month and taken this as an opportunity to shine light on a very important and dire need… Blood.
Every year, we have taken it upon ourselves to create PSAs urging people to donate. You can’t think “horror” without thinking “blood,” and horror is all about facing your fears. Anyway, what’s one small prick in a world filled with an epidemic of pricks, right?
Over the years the PSA has grown to include and spotlight artists from across the globe. This year was our first year to include feminists of any gender. Our goal has always been inclusion, support, and awareness. Many of these artists wouldn’t have their voices heard without opportunities such as those gifted from events like Women in Horror Month.
Returning this year are fan favorites and rising auteurs Jill Sixx Gevargizian (The Stylist, Call Girl), Maude Michaud (Dys-, Red), Patricia Chica (Ceramic Tango) Gigi Saul Guerrero (El Gigante, Madre De Dios), and Women in Horror Month founder Hannah Neurotica.
The fresh blooded talent includes Nicole McClure (The Unbearable Lightness of Boning), Joe Magna (Hellevator), Lisa Ovies (Puppet Killer), Andy Stewart (Dysmorphia, Remnant), and the directorial debut by the provocative Tristan Risk (American Mary, House of Manson). Our directors this year are completed with our two youngest visionaries (both 17) to date, Veronica Hampson and Kate Taeuschel.
This year’s PSA is by far going to be our most talked about and is filled with surprises for our beloved viewers, but I’ll level with you. IT IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Viewer discretion is advised but should be completely ignored.
With regard to Chica’s segment, “Bloody Burlesque,” it stars Tonya Kay, Tiffany Shepis, Carl Crew, Lily Spencer, Michelle Romano, Hinton Harrison, and Frank Califano; and an expanded version of the short will be presented on the festival circuit during the 2016/2017 season under the title Crimson Dance.
“The blood drive is important, and not enough of us do it. I play with fake blood all day long, but the reality is people need our real blood and our help. Please donate,” says Shepis.
“The concept of this short came to me through meditation; and the visuals, I guess, are remnants of a past life being involved with the Montreal burlesque and fetish subcultures. It’s exciting to me to see Tonya Kay and Tiffany Shepis getting the tone so playfully right,” says writer-director Chica.
Enjoy the Soskas’ new Blood Drive PSA below, and don’t forget to sound off in the comments below. For more information visit the official Women in Horror Month website.