Hollywood-based MASTERSFX is partnering with Twisted Twins Productions to create the character designs and produce the prosthetic and makeup special effects for the new indie horror film American Mary, currently in production.
The deal comes on the heels of the recently released DVD of Dead Hooker in a Trunk – the debut film from Twisted Twins Productions. Inspired by Robert Rodriguez‘s 1995 book Rebel Without A Crew, Jen and Sylvia Soska – identical twin sisters from Vancouver – produced Dead Hooker in a Trunk on a shoestring budget – writing, directing and staring in the film themselves, as well as doing their own stunts. The film went on to develop a cult following – touring film festivals and getting picked up by IFC Midnight.
“I first met the Soska Sisters online, when they started gauging my possible interest in the follow-up to their debut project Dead Hooker in a Trunk,” said MASTERSFX founder Todd Masters. “After watching that film, I realized I’d never seen a film like it before, nor had I ever done special FX like those before. So I quickly decided that I wanted MASTERSFX to play a ‘horrific’ role in their new project American Mary. It was something we simply had to do!”
American Mary is the story of a medical student, Mary, who becomes increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school, and with the established doctors there she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary to perform as an unqualified surgeon, working her way through a messy world of “underground surgeries” which leave more marks on her than on her freakish clientele.
“We fell in love with horror films by learning about the monster-makers behind the scenes – the artists who create the scares,” said the sisters in a statement. “Working with Todd and MASTERSFX on American Mary is an experience that takes our love of prosthetic effects to a whole new level. People who love horror films are sure to really dig the creations that Todd and his team will be presenting within this new flick!”