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My Soul to Take

Okay so I know it’s not a new movie, but it’s not really well known, at least not outside of America.  It came out last year, 2010, and it was written and directed by Wes Craven so you know it’s got to be (pause for effect) interesting.

Last night I watched My Soul to Take and I have to say I was expecting worse.  I hadn’t read any details about the film, but I had seen a clip that just looked, unintentionally, hilarious.  Also I’d read that it got really bad reviews from critics, I haven’t read what they said I just know that they hated the movie.

The movie really throws you in the deep end, it doesn’t spend a lot of time explaining what’s going on or who these characters are, which forces you to think about it and really try piece the details together yourself.  Personally, I like this, because I think it makes you engage with the film and you sort of get into the whole experience more, but I can see that, from a different point of view, it could be seen as really annoying and unnecessary. 

Though, I must say that putting together all the pieces would have been a lot easier if they were all included in the box.  There are parts of the plot that are left completely unexplained, which is down to bad editing.  Guess where I found the answers that were not in the movie (pause, this time to leave time to guess) the deleted scenes of course.  The movie has a running time of 1 hour and 42 minutes (including credits).  I get that leaving in every deleted scene would be impossible, there is quite a few of them, but would it have killed them to cut out some of the stuff that doesn’t make any sense, the aforementioned unintentionally hilarious scene for example, and put in the scenes that explain the plot?  I think not.

The movie opens by showing how the Riverton Ripper was caught and allegedly died.  Then it cuts to sixteen years later were, on the anniversary of this supposed death, the teenagers of the town, hold a party were one of the seven children that were born on the night the killer died must pretend to fight off a puppet of the killer (now this isn’t the kind of puppet you’ll be seeing on Sesame Street, I warn you).  Of course the mentally challenged kid gets pick and freaks out, but the party is broken up by the police.  Then the killer begins to kill again.  Is it the original killer or is it one of the seven who is carrying the soul of the killer inside them.

One of the things I really liked about the film is that it relies heavily on mental illness, but also teams it with the supernatural.  The story follows Adam ‘Bug’ Hellerman, a sixteen year old that suffers from mental illness.  Of course if you don’t watch the deleted scenes you might just think Bug is really weird.  Since you see everything as he sees it it’s not really clear whether anything supernatural is happening or if it could all be due to mental illness.  I would recommend the film, but not to everyone.  It’s kind of a movie for people that like to think and analyze movies.  If you’re the type of person who goes home and googles the movie you just saw, and you like horror movies, then I think you’ll really like this movie, but if for you the movie ends when the credits roll maybe you should give this one a miss.

What do you think?  Have you seen it?  Did you love it or hate it?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.

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One response

  1. Amy

    I was pretty confused watching it. There was alot to take in so quick. I think they had such a good concept and went the wrong way with it 😦 it was original though and the acting was great in it

    May 15, 2011 at 12:31 am

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