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My Soul To Take

In the sleepy town of Riverton, legend tells of a serial killer who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the night he died. Now, 16 years later, people are disappearing again. Has the psychopath been reincarnated as one of the seven teens, or did he survive the night he was left for dead? Only one of the kids knows the answer. Adam "Bug" Heller (Max Thieriot) was supposed to die on the bloody night his father went insane. Unaware of his dad`s terrifying crimes, he has been plagued by nightmares since he was a baby. But if Bug hopes to save his friends from the monster that`s returned, he must face an evil that won`t rest until it finishes the job it began the day he was born.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 2 Dec 2010
Genre: Thriller / Horror
Running Time: 1 Hour 47 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Max Thieriot, Denzel Whitaker, Zena Grey, John Magaro, Nick Lashaway
Director: Wes Craven
Format: NA

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Writer: Lorraine DCosta

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Watch this if you liked: “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “A New Nightmare”, “Scream”

Wes Craven's latest flick "My Soul To Take" is not one of his best but more likely his worst film ever. This is his first effort as both writer and director since 1994's underappreciated meta-horror experiment "A New Nightmare".

The story revolves around the lives of a group of teenagers in the picturesque Connecticut town of Riverton who were born prematurely on the same day 16 years ago when a serial killer known as the Riverton Ripper was supposedly killed in an ambulance crash after being captured by the police. According to local legend, the Ripper managed to parcel out his seven scattered personalities (or souls) into the bodies of seven newborns.

The youth of Riverton maintain a tradition called "Ripper Night", observing not only the Ripper's last-known victory, but also the eerily coincidental birthdays of the seven teens, all born prematurely the same hour the Ripper's spree ended. The "Riverton Seven" consists of naive Bug (Max Thieriot), his prankster best friend, Alex (John Magaro); cute girl Brittany (Paulina Olszynski); jock jerk Brandon (Nick Lashaway); religious Penelope (Zena Grey); blind Jerome (Denzel Whitaker); and Jay (Jeremy Chu), who doesn't survive long enough to demonstrate any notable characteristics.

The story goes on as to how the night after their annual ritual is broken up by the police, one of the Riverton Seven (Jeremy Chu) is brutally murdered, and the following day the rest start getting killed one by one. The movie takes you on a ridiculously long journey of assumptions. For example, if the Ripper never died or if it was one of the teens using the ripper's legacy as a cover for murder. Craven, who has delivered the low budget classic "Last House On The Left", has not been able to scare anyone for years and his latest flick "My Soul To Take" is no exception.

"My Soul To Take" is a disappointment in the way it drags out its narration to little effect. The dialogue is weak, awkward and expository. The whole "soul" characteristic of the film goes completely ignored until the very end when it becomes so long-winded and squeezed in that it no longer seems vital to the film at all. Throughout the movie it seemed like Craven was forgetting that he was making an R-rated slasher film, the plot of the movie was sloppy, dialogues from the Ripper is especially bad and Craven ruined the film by letting characters who should be silent talk nonsense.

The story's flaws are compounded by really poor editing and it is only reasonable to wonder if the legendary director might have lost his touch entirely.

Cinema Online, 01 December 2010
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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