Mystery Science Theater 3000: Soultaker UNRATED CC

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After four youths are involved in a serious car accident, a mysterious man in black is sent to claim their souls -- but these feisty teens aren't yet ready to pass into the afterlife. Now they must return to their hospital bound bodies before their parents decide to pull the plug or, worse yet, the Soultaker catches them.

Starring:
Bill Corbett, Patrick Brantseg
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Comedy
Director Kevin Murphy
Starring Bill Corbett, Patrick Brantseg
Supporting actors Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Mary Jo Pehl, Joel Hodgson, Frank Conniff, Joe Estevez, Vivian Schilling
Studio Shout Factory
MPAA rating Unrated
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Stuckey VINE VOICE on January 29, 2011
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It helps when the movie is realllllly bad and this is another movie with Joe Estevez so draw your own conclusion there. It's actually a combination of some pretty typical 80s teen film plot lines...complete with a friend that parties too hearty, an evil villain and a "she's high class, he's not" romance. The one-liners fly fast and furious from Mike and the bots while watching the movie, and they battle some malfunctions on the Satellite of Love. This one really stands out too because it features the reappearances of Joel and TV's Frank.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 14, 2012
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"Mystery Science Theater 3000" has a few of those awesome, special episodes that not only hit all the right notes, but actually go even further. One such episode is "Soultaker," a clumsy supernatural thriller that seems like an 80s teenage version of "Carnival of the Damned," only with teenagers and hair metal. And guess who make cameos!

The Satellite of Love" is malfunctioning badly, complete with Gypsy getting mean and transmissions of Martin van Buren (I never understood that one). Pearl is uninterested in saving Mike and the bots, so she simply sends them the movie "Soultaker." But a mysterious ship is flying alongside the Satellite, keeping them in a tractor beam. Who or what is saving Mike and the bots?

As for the movie, it's about a bunch of teenagers driving home from a concert... festival... thing, and they get in a nasty car wreck after they see a man in black standing in the road. And as the man in black pursues them, two of the remaining teens discover that they are actually BRAIN-DEAD -- and their comatose bodies will be taken off life support at midnight.

"Soultaker" is not the worst movie that MST3K has done -- it's not even the worst amateur attempt at one by someone who has a "great story" to tell. It's theologically muddled, inconsistent and has a lot of plot holes (how do DEAD PEOPLE operate the elevator?), but it has some decent moments. It's awkward and clumsy, and that's what makes it bad.

That is something you can't say about the Mike, Tom and Crow segments, which are perfect. These guys had snarking down to an art form, whether it's joking about the clumsy script ("But shes upper middle class and we're slightly lower middle!") or the funny-looking actors ("It's a catcher's mitt with eyes!").
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cumberbatch on July 21, 2011
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"Soultaker" is a great MST3K episode for those fans who prefer the film being riffed to have at least a somewhat coherent plot. And I do use the word "coherent" loosely since the soul (no pun intended) of MST3K is a truly awful movie. This one is about as coherent as a movie about a group of teenagers on the run from an angel of death would ever get. Which maybe isn't saying much, but you don't have to expend a lot of effort trying to figure out what the heck is going on. Instead, you can focus on the commentary, which is really hilarious throughout, but definitely improves as the movie progresses -- so stick with it! This one is worth it.

This episode is also worth watching for the surprise visitor Mike and the bots get during of the host segments. No episode I have seen will top the host segments from "Time Chasers," but these are ones you do not want to miss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuff My Cat Wants NOW!!! on July 9, 2012
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As MST3k is sort of a show within a show within a movie format, I like to review each part of the episode as a good or bad part can save or ruin the entire episode.

The Movie: In this late 80's movie, a group of teenagers who died in a car accident are chased by an angel who must take their souls - or else. By "80's", I mean the real 80's - not the fake John Hughe's version that Hollywood loves to sell. Bad hair - check!; bad music - yep!; acid-washed jeans - of course! And by chase, I mean the kids are constantly running while the angel played by Mr. Estevez (Joe - not those other relatives) walks in a slow but constant pace (and of course always catches them). The movie while bad is one of the more capably made movies on MST3k. It does move at a good pace until the 20 minute hospital elevator chase scene near the end.

Host Segments: There are two big moments, which I won't discuss as I don't want to ruin the surprise. I will say this: this is one of the few episodes where I wish they would have broken the traditional format and would have given more time to the segments. Both moments seemed very rushed which is a shame (if you are an MST3k fan, be prepared to be a little misty eyed). I truly wish MST3k would have edited out 10 minutes of the elevator chase scenes so that we could have spent more time with the crew.

Riffs: One of my biggest complaints about Joel was his constant use of 50's - 70's cultural references; I only got about half of his riffs and always felt like I was missing out on these inside jokes. Alas time has moved on and now I can see how today's younger viewers might feel the same about Mike's quips - which were more current and topical when originally shown. So if you remember the "Super Bowl Shuffle", you will love these riffs.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ruben G. Remus on June 17, 2011
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It's a MST movie, so expect the basic "La Bad" Cinema you've come to expect from our guys. But that's what you're here for, right? You've got the nice girl and the boy from across the tracks, the gang of "toughs" (or at least they are trying to be), and our stars: the SOUL REAPERS. There are plenty of one-liners that you'll see coming long before they are delivered and honestly, death seemed to improve some of the guys' personalities. Anyway, have fun with this one--it's a keeper!
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