Oh, Wes Craven, where is your Nightmare On Elm Street, your Scream, your Serpent and the Rainbow? They are gems of the past. It would seem all we’re left with in the present is My Money -uh, Soul, To Take. Oh, sure, it looks good, and there’s some good mis-direction, but where is the horror?
Oh, Wes Craven, where is your Nightmare On Elm Street, your Scream, your Serpent and the Rainbow? They are gems of the past. It would seem all we’re left with in the present is My Money -uh, Soul, To Take. Oh, sure, it looks good, and there’s some good misdirection, but where is the horror? Where are the characters I care about? And why is the main character named “Bug”? Because he bugged the Hell outta me? Ok, good reason.
Ok, so 16 years ago this serial killer killed his pregnant wife and a bunch of other people. Wounded, he and disappears, presumed dead. On that same night, seven babies are born. Forward 16 years later and those 7 kids start disappearing. Is it the same serial killer, or his spirit, or one of the seven kids, killing people off?
I didn’t know for quite a while. The one thing I did like here is that Craven kept the audience guessing. It could have been any one of those possibilities. So, as a who-dunnit, it’s not bad. Where it fails is in the fact that after a while, I didn’t care. Most of these 16 year old characters were kind of annoying. And a couple of them were downright deserving of death. And to top off my disappointment, not only did not one of these kids get killed off in a particularly creative way, but none of them bled all that much. No one did. This movie is remarkably light on the gore and blood. Horror fans beware: this is just a thriller at best. Go elsewhere for your horror fix, because this will barely get your pulse up. And thrills? Meh.
The acting is all just fine, for a bunch of annoying teenagers. And the main character, Bug – his mom was played by the woman that played Susan, Carol’s partner who Ross had so much trouble getting along with in Friends. Ha. I wish I was on a break from this film. A permanent break. And what the Hell is with the name ‘Bug’? I just wanted to squash him. Really.
And wait ’til you see the killer – oh, wait, you won’t see him because you won’t see this movie. Ok, ready for a mild SPOILER?: He looks like Rob Zombie, and yet, he didn’t look ANYTHING like that in the beginning of the movie. Random.
Just add this to the ever-growing pile of bad horror/thrillers we are being subjected to these days. And I expect better from a guy that was considered one of the best. It’s a bloody shame. Or, actually not bloody at all, and that was one of the problems.
No, I do NOT recommend My Soul To Take. Not even during Halloween season.
AUTHOR’S EDIT: It occurred to me that I didn’t even mention that I saw this in 3-D. Why did I not mention it? Because I barely noticed it. People need to stop making EVERY movie in 3-D. Stop it stop it stop it! Ok, that is all.
~ Neil T. Weakley, your average movie-goer, pretty sure this movie took my soul, along with my precious time.