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I’m glad you didn’t subtitle the German joke…

Jen Soska

I’m glad too, because then if you get it, you get it, if you don’t, whatever.

Sylvia Soska

At Frightfest last year everyone laughed and it was like, ‘Oh yeah, there’s people that speak German here’. The reason we didn’t want to subtitle everything, also, was actually an X-Files reason. Because you know ‘The truth is out there’ in the opening credits, sometimes they had something that was in a different language, and then you had to go online and you had to figure it out. If you want to know what they’re saying in the other languages, go and figure it out, it’s available to you if you do a little bit of research.

Jen Soska

We fell in love with horror movies because of prosthetic artists, my mum introduced us to that after we saw Poltergeist at ten, and I love prosthetics. MastersFX, they did all of Six Feet Under, and they did CryptKeeper [in Tales From The Crypt] which was one of the ones I was allowed to watch early on, and I was like, ‘One day, maybe, Todd Masters and his team will work with us’.

Sylvia Soska

We were looking for an effects artist for American Mary, and we’re not reasonable people, we’ll just aim as high as we actually want and then we’ll get disappointed increasingly. And because of the bodies in Six Feet Under – I mean that was the highlight of that show – we’d always watch the kills in the beginning and say, ‘If anybody could work with us, MastersFX…’ And to get them to be on the project and to do our make-up? It was such an honour, I don’t know why actors bitch about getting prosthetics.

Katharine Isabelle

I know [laughs].

Sylvia Soska

You were abused!

Jen Soska
It felt like going to the spa, people say ‘Was that uncomfortable?’. No, they give you a little massage, and they put everything on, and nice stuff for your skin, and then they take it off gently. I feel bad for you guys, I’m just sitting here and everyone’s going, ‘You looked awesome’, and I’m like, ‘I did nothing, just sat there!’

Sylvia Soska

Well they’re very trained to be therapeutic because they’re used to some actors and performers freaking out. So they give them little shoulder rubs, and the way they talk can be very therapeutic.

Katharine Isabelle

It can be a traumatic experience, if you have an eight hour face. I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for on Ginger Snaps, because I’d never done full prosthetics like that. To have every one of your senses taken away from you – you can’t see with the contacts, you can’t hear with the ears, you can’t touch anything because of your nails, you can’t speak because of the teeth, you can’t smell because you have a full nose prosthetic, and you’re so claustrophobic, you’re so trapped in your own skin with no way of communicating with the outside world, it’s like all of a sudden being a deaf blind mute.

That’s why the prosthetics team are very kind, because you don’t know until you get in there, that all of a sudden you can’t handle this. You’re like, ‘Oh no, it’ll be fine, it’ll be fine and then all of a sudden you’re like [hyperventilates], I’m not fine! I’m not fine!’ And so they have to be trained to be therapists and counsellors.

Jen Soska

Were you in the dog suit in Ginger Snaps, was that you?

Katharine Isabelle

No, no, that was a jockey. But everything else, the tail, the face and the hair, that was me.

Jen Soska

The tail was cute.

At Frightfest you were talking about wanting to get hooks, or something?

Sylvia Soska

Yes, suspension. I still haven’t done it but I still haven’t grown the balls to do it. But I was thinking because there’s such a stigma with body modification. Okay, your skin farts afterwards because the air gets in there, that was the big pull off for me.

Jen Soska

And it scars.

Sylvia Soska

No, it doesn’t scar! I still want to do it because to see someone like me who’s so out of the culture doing something like that, people might not all be like, ‘Let’s string ourselves up’, but they might be like, ‘Oh okay, she’s still fine’.
What’s the lace thing that you have in the cameo called?

Jen Soska

It’s a flesh corset. I think that’s beautiful, I would get it done. The reason we didn’t do it practically is because we have sensitive skin and would have needed gold, and with our budget I couldn’t say, ‘So, we’re each going to need eighteen gold piercings’. But I might do that, if we get to go over to Germany or something we should go as the Berlin twins and pierce our backs.

And all the body mod people in the movie, they’re all real members of the community?

Jen Soska

Almost all of them. Beatress and Ruby are not members.

Sylvia Soska

Those are prosthetics, but Penis Guy was Russ Foxx who’s actually our artists’ consultant, he’s fabulous.

Jen Soska

And all of the mods that she photographs are all mods as well.

What’s your next project, finally?

Sylvia Soska

We’re going to be doing a monster movie called Bob. The tag line is, ‘There’s a monster inside all of us, sometimes it gets out’.

And are you guys going to work together again?

Katharine Isabelle

They’re not allowed to contact me ever again [laughs].

Sylvia Soska

We’re actually writing something all together, us and [Katharine’s] brother Josh Murray. At first it was just selfish, like we wanted to spend more time together, but it’s actually turning into something I’m really excited to do, and we’re going to continue working on it while we’re here.

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