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.

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Wes Craven returns to shock audiences with 25/8, a thriller surrounding a deceased serial killer's rise from the grave and the seven kids whose births on the day of his death put them directly in his murderous path. Rogue Pictures will distribute, with Craven handling writing, producing, and directing chores. Max Thieriot, Denzel Whitaker, Shareeka Epps, and Emily Meade topline the cast.
R (for strong bloody violence, and pervasive language including sexual references.)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Zena Grey
as Penelope
Nick Lashaway
as Brandon
Frank Grillo
as Paterson
Danai Gurira
as Jeanne-Baptiste
Harris Yulin
as Dr. Blake
Shareeka Epps
as Chandelle
Elena Hurst
as Maria
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Principal Pratt
Felix Solis
as Mr. Kaiser
Shannon Walsh
as Melanie Pratt
Alberto Vasquez
as Officer Ramirez
Lou Sumrall
as Quint
Lynnanne Zager
as Podcast Host/Betty O'Neil
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 Patrick
as Girl in Hallway #2
Amber Efé
as Other Nurse
Christopher Place
as The Ripper
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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 14, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

There are plenty of formulaic boo! moments, yet Craven intelligently treats Bug's otherworldly issues like hormonal growing pains that must be tamed.

Full Review… | October 12, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

What sinks it is Craven's simplistic, ham-fisted writing and inert direction.

Full Review… | October 11, 2010
Top Critic

The worst horror movie Wes Craven's made perhaps ever.

Full Review… | October 9, 2010
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A puzzle with no solutions, a tale with a twist that isn't a twist at all.

October 8, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
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Audience Reviews for My Soul to Take

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

Stuart Brooks
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
Dean King

Super Reviewer

The fact that this hasn't yet been picked up by the "shitty horror canon" cult is completely beyond me. Inept in the most hilarious and incoherent of ways, My Soul to Take is nearly two hours of a once renowned horror master flying off the rails in grandiose fashion. Absolutely worth catching, unless this sort of schadenfreude-fueled spectacle isn't really your scene.

Drew Smith
Drew Smith

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