Ahead of the Horror Channel’s UK premiere broadcast of Jen and Sylvia Soska‘s See No Evil 2 this Friday, April 7 (@10:50 pm), the duo chatted up their career in which they also shared some new details on their remake of David Cronenberg’s Rabid.
In the 1977 film, a young woman, Rose (Marilyn Chambers), develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic. The film was told from the perspective of Hart (Frank Moore), Rose’s boyfriend. The Soska sisters aren’t huge fans of remakes but are excited to tell the story from Rose’s perspective. They also feel that there’s social commentary to be intertwined:
“We are very honored to have been the team chosen to take on the remake of Cronenberg’s ‘Rabid’,” said Sylvia. “Normally, I’m not a huge fan of remakes but that’s if they don’t have anything new to bring to the story. We have a unique perspective just because of who we are to tell the story from Rose’s eyes as well as make a commentary on the increasingly rabid world that we live in.
“Also, we’ve been dying to get back into body horror. Ten years into David’s filmmaking career, he remade ‘The Fly’ and it brought him to this new level. This is ten years into our career and this will be our first film that gets a wide theatrical release, so it feels like a good pairing. We just have to make sure we don’t let down our country, our fanbase, and our hero,” she explained, while jokingly adding, “No pressure.”
The Soskas, who are identical twin sisters from British Columbia, directed American Mary, Dead Hooker in a Trunk and See No Evil 2.
Rabid was one of Cronenberg’s first films. He followed it with Fast Company, Scanners, The Brood, Videodrome, The Dead Zone and even The Fly.