Few years are truly big years for horror cinema, and 2010 was no exception. There was mediocrity such as "Piranha 3D" and "The Last Exorcism", both which released to some solid acclaim, and then there's the stuff that sucks, such as "Saw 3D" and "Paranormal Activity 2". However, "My Soul to Take" makes "Piranha 3D" look like "Psycho"; and "Paranormal Activity 2" look at least like the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street".
Writer and director Wes Craven should take all of the blame here. He was in (almost) complete control of making this movie, and thus, making it work. He fails. He fails hard. His "Scream" is a very good movie, which is about as good as "My Soul to Take" is bad. At least "Scream" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" aren't intellectually devoid, and at least they know what they're doing. Craven is good at making slashers, paranormal slashers, and then some. But not movies like this one.
Honestly, what more is there to say? The film is a generic- oh so VERY generic- slasher flick about seven teenagers born on the same birthday, which also happens to be the day in which a now-local-legend met his demise. That legend is the serial killer known as "The Ripper", and it seems that he's making a grand return from beyond the grade. First, he kills an Asian kid. Then, he kills a lot of American kids. See a pattern?
I suppose that such material could have been touched with some essential decency. Craven wanted ever-so-badly to detail his villain and give him a history. But he thinks he's making a real brain-teaser of a movie, when in fact, he's just making one that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Whether the killer inhabits the body, or it's just the personal schizophrenia of TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE WHO TURN OUT TO BE THE KILLER is never cared for, solved, or answered in terms of being a question. Oh well, the ride is completely boring, it's not scary, and for Christ's sake, it's not even fun.
I took some good advice from the trailer, which basically screamed "for God's sake, don't watch me!" I saw "My Soul to Take" regardless of these warnings, and I'm almost happy that I did. Now I can tell other people not to be so foolish. In some ways, I'm a hero; and that being more of one than the actual film tends to have. If ridiculously bad cinematography, bland dialogue, and a cast that consists of simply "pretty/beautiful people" makes for an entertaining or even decent horror movie, then let me know, because I seem to have missed something.
Craven is a professional filmmaker; not one of those no-talent screw-up "directors" who ends up landing a gig directing some shit horror remake after doing a thousand music videos in his career. No, Craven has made good films. He is a good filmmaker. He made "Scream", which was funny and entertaining. He made the well-made but ultimately mediocre and nigh moral less "The Hills Have Eyes". I'm sure Craven is a nice, and respectable, man...and he does not deserve "My Soul to Take" just as it does not deserve him. How it ever made it from his mind to a piece of paper is beyond me, but these things happen often, it's not out of the ordinary, and I shall keep my word when I say that "My Soul to Take" is stupid, violent, ugly, and lame. Does that sound like a description for a good- or even decent- horror film to you? Modern-day Craven had officially reared his ugly head towards his fans, and yes, he has puked.
Few horror directors would have the nerve to experiment with the conventions of a teen slasher film, to go beyond the reliable hallmarks of knife-wielding maniacs, bloody corpses, and paper-thin revenge plots. Perhaps that's exactly why Wes Craven wanted to write and direct "My Soul to Take," which is unlike any slasher I've ever seen. In terms of atmosphere, it exists in a gray zone between dreariness and absurdity. In terms of structure, it's a bizarre, meandering dreamscape … more
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As legend has it, a serial killer, the Ripper, will return to the quaint town of Riverton to murder the seven children that were born the night he allegedly died. Sixteen years after his death, members of the community begin to disappear. All the teens know the Ripper to be dead, but they hold the belief that his soul may have reincarnated into one of their bodies, forcing them to discover who among them may be the killer. Only one of the teenagers knows the answer. Adam "Bug" Heller was supposed to die on the bloody night his father went insane. Unaware of his father's terrifying crimes, Bug has been plagued by nightmares since he was a baby. But if Bug hopes to save his friends from the Ripper, he must face an evil that won't rest.