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My Soul to Take
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Feb 8, 2011 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Wes Craven

Actors:
Max Thieriot
John Magaro
Emily Meade

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
On the same night the serial killer known as The Ripper was supposedly killed, seven babies were born at a local hospital. Sixteen years later those same children, now teenagers, find themselves targeted by either a copycat murderer or the undead spirit of the Ripper.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
MY SOUL TO TAKE is almost so bad its funny. Unfortunately, its not enjoyably bad to the point of being an awfully good movie, but its still impressive the lengths to which it fails. Especially considering it comes from horror master Wes Craven .

Whats surprising is that this is actually something of a decent setup for a horror film. Its not particularly original or without its faults, but the basic plot had potential for a few scares if executed properly. Unfortunately, whats made it to the screen is just really, really stupid. Everything from the horrible acting to the nonsense story to the killer and his ridiculous outfitit all screams trainwreck.

Im not even sure where to start. The characters are vacuous entities so defined by high school clichs that its painful to watch. Its obvious that Craven hasnt interacted with a real teenager in years, at least thats what Im assuming based on all the outdated references to Starbucks and cell phones. For the most part, the young actors arent seasoned or charismatic enough to overcome the scripts shortcomings. And dont get me started on all the horrible metaphors and imagery strewn recklessly throughout, from the bizarre stuff about condors to the angel wings metaphorically cut in to the heroes back at the end. Its the kind of first-draft level stuff that doesnt belong in a feature film.

While the story suffers, the scares are also rendered just as badly. The killer is a joke; dressed like a lame scarecrow and about as terrifying as one. His idiotic laugh, vengeance inscripted knife, and poorly crafted backstory dont help matters much. To make matters worse, the kills are equally as boring and uninventive and the scares are nonexistent. Even the killers taglineFear ye the Ripper!elicits more laughs than chills.

What happened to Wes Craven? Previously, we could blame his recent output on crappy scripts or studio interference, but MY SOUL TO TAKE was written and directed by the man and, according to interviews, he seems to be proud of it. It boggles the mind and makes horror fans weep in disappointment almost as much as MUSIC OF THE HEART.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by director Wes Craven and Cast: Craven is joined by cast members Max Thieriot, John Magaro and Emily Meade, but none of the group can speak to anything that explains or apologizes for the films failures. While you expect the newbie actors to be excited about the prospects of recording a commentary (let alone starring in a feature film), the director should know better about what audiences want to hear. Instead your stuck with a clueless Craven who doesnt seem to understand or care that hes made a crappy movie.

Alternate Opening (1:33): Wow, this is even worse than anything else in the movie. Adam sleeps in his bed before a giant knife cuts a hole in his wall and a hand comes out of it.

Alternate Endings (3:57): Two different takes on the finale, neither are better than what we got. My favorite: If The Ripper comes for us 24/7, well fight him 25/8!

Deleted Scenes (21:45): Theres quite a bit here. Another version of the puppet scene gives what appears to be an earlier, even worse version of the Ripper costume. The rest mostly just show off more of the horrible acting and writing, including one segment where expositive narration literally explains everything. This makes it obvious the filmmakers had no idea where they wanted the story to go and did some reshoots.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Weve all kind of come to terms with the fact that Wes Craven will probably never recapture the magic of his earlier horror classics, but I dont think any disenchanted fan couldve predicted the sheer atrocities of MY SOUL TO TAKE. This is not only one of the worst horror movies of the year, but one of the worst movies period. It makes me seriously terrified of SCREAM 4 and not in a good way.

Extra Tidbit: This movie holds the record for the lowest opening of a 3D film in history.
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6:22PM on 02/08/2011

Funniest crappiest movie ever...

This is in ranks the wicker man. IDK what made me see this. prob was because it was wes craven how bad could it be. Seriously. Welp it was freakin terrible 3D was godawful but it did make me LMAO. for these reasons. 1. kid with the cell phone goes, what's this other kid goes, it's a cell phone. Kid goes how do I use it. Your a fuckin teenager and don't know how to use a cellphone that looked like it from 1999. 2. when the sister punches her brother right in the face LOL..
This is in ranks the wicker man. IDK what made me see this. prob was because it was wes craven how bad could it be. Seriously. Welp it was freakin terrible 3D was godawful but it did make me LMAO. for these reasons. 1. kid with the cell phone goes, what's this other kid goes, it's a cell phone. Kid goes how do I use it. Your a fuckin teenager and don't know how to use a cellphone that looked like it from 1999. 2. when the sister punches her brother right in the face LOL..
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3:54PM on 02/11/2011

Huh?

I love looney mental patient movies. This movie takes the cake. I want Part 2 "now". Don't make me ask twice!
I love looney mental patient movies. This movie takes the cake. I want Part 2 "now". Don't make me ask twice!
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