2015 / Jen and Sylvia Soska
Review by Shaun Crawford.
There is a cluster of talent on the outskirts of Hollywood right now and they're making a helluva noise. Whether it's genre-bending, genre-revitalizing or just downright great film making, it's worth keeping your eye on Adam Wingard, Ti West, Jim Mickle and The Soska Twins. Maybe.
After the Twisted Twins $2000 debut, DEAD HOOKER IN THE TRUNK, they gave us AMERICAN MARY, one of the most insanely original horror films of the last ten years.
Hollywood beckoned and they teamed up with WWE Studios (yes, the wrestling federation) and dropped their standards somewhat with SEE NO EVIL 2 - $15million budgets come with conditions, after all.
With VENDETTA, their first film to ditch horror in lieu of action, they've once again teamed up with WWE and the results are disappointing to say the least. Starring a rather portly Dean Cain and Big Show (no, really) it's cop/criminal revenge hokum that sees Cain's detective deliberately committing murder in order to be imprisoned next to the guy who killed his wife.
Where their horror output has been well measured and considered their action stuff pales in comparison. It's stagnant, cliched and cheap. There's really very little to recommend here outside of a curiosity viewing for fans of what the sisters are capable of just so they can see how far they've fallen from grace.