Movie Review: My Soul to Take


November 2, 2015

mysoultotakeEveryone enjoys a good horror movie on Halloween, but many people will still continue to cling to the old classics such as, Child’s Play, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th, to get their horror movie fix. Many people will ignore more recent horror movies that may be breaking some new ground.

Cabin in the Woods, for example, is a great horror movie of recent years and has gone relatively unnoticed even with its skillful pacing and twisting narrative, which leads me to my favorite horror movie in recent years, Wes Craven’s My Soul To Take. To begin with this is one of Craven’s last movies he made before he died in August of this year.

Craven is the creator of the Nightmare On Elm Street, and director and co-creator of the Scream movies. He is most famous for his slasher style horror movies and remains a beloved director even after his death. My Soul to Take is one of his lesser known movies from recent years, but nonetheless fantastic on its own merit. The movie is centered around a group of seven 16-year-old kids all born on the night a mass murdering serial killer known as the Riverton Ripper “died” after the ambulance carrying him to the hospital after he was shot crashed into the river below the bridge.

The legend says that each year a special ritual must be performed by one of the seven or his evil spirit will rise and start to kill once more. The hero of the story, the socially awkward Bug, fails to perform the ritual on the 16th year and the Ripper appears to return. From then on it’s a race against the clock to find the killer and restore the peace of the small town of Riverton.

The movie deals with heavy concepts such as souls, possession, reincarnation, mental disorders, and death. If you’re looking for a good horror flick, then you may like My Soul To Take.

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