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"My Soul to Take" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

The supernatural/serial killer thriller My Soul to Take marks Wes Craven's first feature as writer and director since 1994's inventive New Nightmare, finds him in familiar territory. Here again, his focus is a vicious murderer who appears to continue his crime spree from beyond the grave, and who concentrates his attention on a group of teens connected to his original crimes (seven of them were born on the night he died). As the seven meet a gruesome end, one boy becomes a likely suspect for the killings--is he possessed by the spirit of the long-dead maniac, or has he picked up where "The Riverton Ripper" left off?

Specifications

  • Rogue Pictures
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 48 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec:  MPEG-4 AVC
  • 1080p
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Max Thieriot, Nick Lashaway
  • Directed by Wes Craven
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

A weighted script, slow pace and unremarkable acting all lead to a poor example of a teen slasher film. I was actually looking at my watch half way through this “I’ve seen all this before” movie and wondering when it would end. The ending was improbable (the physical size of the slasher did not match the revealed killer in the end) and nonsensical. Two alternate ending also did little to add to the original ending and left too many questions unanswered. By the end of the flick, you'll find that you are no longer interested in the answers anyway.

Technical

Picture quality was generally good. Some of the dark scenes showed banding and loss of delineation in the shadows. Sound was good with lots of active surround usage, like the school bell that rang loudly in the rear left speaker. Now that woke me up! Dialog is crisp and clear and the subwoofer comes into play during the more intense scenes.

Extras

Commentary, two alternate endings, an alternate beginning, deleted scenes and BD Live with movie trailers.