Good, Bad & Ugly Review: My Soul To Take

My Soul To Take
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 9% (Critics) / 28% (Audience)
Directed By: Wes Craven
Written By: Wes Craven
Starring: Max Thieriot, John Magaro and Denzel Whitaker
Studio: Universal Pictures

Synopsis: A serial killer returns 16 years later to the town where he met his demise intent on killing the seven teenagers who were all born on the day of his death.

The Good:
The young actors playing the teens were all very good and I enjoyed the parts of the movie that focused on the relationships between these disparate characters and how they all moved through the various social circles of their high school.

The Bad:
The bread and butter of a film like this is the deaths…whether they will be memorably done and serve to make the film rise above the genre or at the very least embrace the genre and make the film seem less rote and pedestrian. Sadly, the deaths in this film were poorly executed to say the least and a major disappointment considering this movie was written and directed by a horror/slasher master like Craven.

The Ugly:
The ending and the “big reveal” was an unmitigated disaster that asked for far too much suspension of disbelief from the audience.

Final Verdict: Wes Craven made what could have been a very enjoyable teen movie in the comedy/drama genre; the interactions between the teen characters were that good. However this was supposed to be a horror film and Craven dropped the ball completely on that score. D+

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