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My Soul to Take (2010)



Critic Consensus: Dull, joyless, and formulaic, My Soul to Take suggests writer/director Wes Craven ended his five-year filmmaking hiatus too soon.

Movie Info

A notorious serial killer uses his dying breath to place a deadly curse on a small town in this shocker from legendary horror director Wes Craven (Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street). It's been 16 years since the maniac who terrorized Riverton met his grim demise. Seven children were born on the night he died, and he vowed that he would return one day to claim them all. Like clockwork, exactly 16 years later, the children born that fateful night begin vanishing without a trace. Could the killer have somehow cheated death the night that everyone thought he was killed, or has he perhaps been reincarnated as one of seven teens he swore to kill? Only one person knows the answer to that burning question. Adam "Bug" Heller (Max Thieriot) never knew how close he came to death the night his father went on that bloody rampage, and despite remaining completely unaware of the atrocities that mar his family bloodline, he's suffered terrifying nightmares from as far back as he can remember. Now, in order to save his friends, Bug will be forced to confront the evil that won't stop until it accomplishes the awful task it set out to complete on the night he was born.more
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, and pervasive language including sexual references.)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Wes Craven
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 8, 2011
Box Office: $14.6M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Zena Grey
as Penelope
Frank Grillo
as Paterson
Danai Gurira
as Jeanne-Baptiste
Harris Yulin
as Dr. Blake
Shareeka Epps
as Chandelle
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Principal Pratt
Felix Solis
as Mr. Kaiser
Shannon Walsh
as Melanie Pratt
Alberto Vasquez
as Officer Ramirez
Lynnanne Zager
as Podcast Host/Betty O...
Lyannanne Zager
as Podcast Host
Michael Bell
as Podcast Guest
Courtney Stow
as Young Leah
Kaitlyn Stow
as Young Leah
Richard Rutkowski
as News Anchor
Robert Clotworthy
as Voice of News Anchor
Terri Douglas
as Riverton Radio Host
Hannah Hodson
as Girl in Hallway #1
Nicole Brittany Patr...
as Girl in Hallway #2
Amber Efé
as Other Nurse
Michael Patrick Bell
as Podcast Guest
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Critic Reviews for My Soul to Take

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (12)

There's some malarkey about each kid having inherited one of the maniac's personalities, though Craven never does much with that except to point the finger of suspicion at junior.

Full Review… | January 5, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A thrill-free snooze that will certainly rank as one of the least -- if not the least -- effective entries in Craven's nearly 40-year canon of cinematic shockers.

Full Review… | October 15, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

What [Wes Craven] wound up with was a witless stab-the-teen time-waster that could be his worst film ever. And considering 2005's wretched Cursed, that's pretty bad.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Georgia Straight

Places too much time in the hands of disposable characters - so that it is neither a brainless slasher flick nor an immersive character piece based in a serial massacre.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012

"My Soul to Take" is one of the most banal horror films I've seen in the past few years, which makes it surprising that it comes from the mind of horror master Wes Craven, who gave birth to the legendary horror icon Freddy Krueger.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012

A single-serving package of adrenaline that wears off quickly.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for My Soul to Take


Wes Craven continues to try and find his next big movie .. it was okay. Thats about all i can say for this one.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Sucks big fat donkey cock.... don't bother!

Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer


Oh wow not many people really liked this? Maybe they expect more from a horror legend like Wes Craven. For a straight to DVD horror/slasher it was ok. It has an old school vibe and plot which was a throw back to the genre's hay day in the 80's. However the 2nd half of the film seemed to confuse it's self, trying to be smarter than it was, fairly obvious how some plot lines would turn out. It has a few jumps, which with a proper 5.1 system can be fully appreciated. One of the low budget horrors which used the surround sound to really good effect! The ending and final stages of the film are a let down after a promising opening. One for old school horror fans.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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