On the day the Riverton Ripper vanished without a trace, seven children were born. Today, they’re all turning 16... and turning up dead. Legendary director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) keeps your heart racing with a suspense-thriller filled with twists, turns and a dark secret that will send your soul searching for cover.
The supernatural/serial killer thriller My Soul to Take
marks Wes Craven's first feature as writer and director since 1994's inventive New Nightmare
, and at first blush, it finds him in familiar territory. Here again, as in his iconic Nightmare on Elm Street
series, his focus is a vicious murderer who appears to continue his crime spree from beyond the grave, and who concentrates his attention on a group of teens connected to his original crimes (seven of them were born on the night he died). As the seven meet a gruesome end, one boy (Max Thieriot) becomes a likely suspect for the killings--is he possessed by the spirit of the long-dead maniac, or has he picked up where "The Riverton Ripper" left off? The answer, unfortunately, is not worth the time required to piece together the clues; Craven's script is dreadfully leaden, especially in regard to dialogue, and cobbles together disparate elements from his previous works and a crazy quilt of religious tenets to produce a final product rendered suspense-free by its incoherence. The youthful cast is unremarkable, and the 3-D effects are entirely superfluous; in short, My Soul to Take
is a place marker for Craven fans until the release of Scream 4
. --Paul Gaita