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My Soul to Take (2010)

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Average Rating: 2.9/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 53

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

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Average Rating: 2.7/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 10

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

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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

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Wes Craven

Feb 8, 2011

$14.6M

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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (53) | DVD (5)

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.

January 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comment (1)
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There are plenty of formulaic boo! moments, yet Craven intelligently treats Bug's otherworldly issues like hormonal growing pains that must be tamed.

October 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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What sinks it is Craven's simplistic, ham-fisted writing and inert direction.

October 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comment (1)
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The worst horror movie Wes Craven's made perhaps ever.

October 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
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A puzzle with no solutions, a tale with a twist that isn't a twist at all.

October 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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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.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: 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.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

"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.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

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

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The filmmaker's red herrings prove depressingly incapable of hiding the real fiend's identity.

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Everyone in front of and behind the camera look and feel like they're lifting the heaviest, least horrifying ton of bricks invented.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Is it just possible that Craven fumbled the ball this time and gave us the equivalent of a fairly amateur teen horror flick?

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

full review at Movies for the Masses

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comment (1)
Movies for the Masses

Clunky bird metaphors, blind kids grabbing for dangling ropes, a Horshack-ian best friend with an abusive stepfather, and a story that would be impossible if any of these kids drove a car, sum up most of the more obvious problems with the film.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Confused, poorly executed, sporadic and incredibly messy, but despite its pitfalls, My Soul to Take is an enormously entertaining bad movie.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

...the film not only marks a low point within Craven's career but also within the horror genre itself.

November 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (2)
Reel Film Reviews

It's talky, schlocky and stalk-y.

October 30, 2010 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

With either too much or too little happening on screen and a script juggling too many red herrings at once, My Soul to Take feels like Purgatory... in 3D.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

The best thing about My Soul to Take is that it may force folks to revisit Wes Craven's past works and finally realize that he's always been nothing more than a hack in the horror field, a Uwe Boll with a better sense of where to place the camera.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

While there's much to like about the ideas and atmosphere, Craven can't muster much out of his characters or script to form an interesting message.

October 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

My Soul to Take ends up being mere Chucky cheese.

October 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Vancouver Voice | Comments (2)
Vancouver Voice

Craven's writing starts out over the top and just keeps climbing ...

October 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comment (1)
Sacramento News & Review

disappointing in the way it drags out its narrative to little effect, substituting cheap revelations and sometimes incoherent action for anything resembling the kind of innovation and verve that is the hallmark of Craven's best work

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Comments (2)
Q Network Film Desk

This utterly mediocre forget-me-now could've been crafted by any faceless serial director at all.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for My Soul to Take

Sucks big fat donkey cock.... don't bother!
April 6, 2012
stuartb1234

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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.
January 23, 2012
Deano78

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    1. Alex: Abso-fuckin'-lutely. You now have permission to shave.
    – Submitted by Nicole O (21 months ago)
    1. Alex: Abso-fuckin'-lutely. You know have permission to shave.
    2. Alex: Fear ye the Ripper.
    – Submitted by Nicole O (21 months ago)
    1. Alex: Fake it good. Like if you're scared act like you don't give a shit, or if somebody hurts you say, 'Thank you very much, that felt wonderful.
    2. Alex: I thought he'd never leave...Where's the biggest knife in the house?
    3. Alex: Abso-fuckin'-lutely. You now have permission to shave.
    – Submitted by Nicole O (21 months ago)
    1. Penelope: Pray for our souls bug, he's coming.
    – Submitted by Jaime A (24 months ago)
    1. The Ripper: Fuck your fucking unborn child. Now where'd I leave your bitch?
    – Submitted by Sarah M (2 years ago)
    1. Brittany: You're like a crotch dog. You're pathetic!
    – Submitted by Aleksandr T (2 years ago)
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