Wes Craven's My Soul to Take opened on October 8 without the benefit of screening for the press. The few critics who bothered to drag themselves out to see it on Friday morning predictably savaged it. As of today it has 8% on Rotten Tomatoes, with only 3 out of 40 reviews weighing in as positive. Voters on IMDB have rated it 5.0 out of 10, which puts it near (but not quite) the bottom of Craven's filmography. Made with a budget of $25 million, and despite being shown in 3D, it has earned only $11 million in two weeks, as opposed to the $50 million Jackass 3D made in 1 week. Since horror depends heavily on the opening week, it's unlikely the film will ever break even, much less see a profit.

Most of the complaining is centered on one thing: the story. And I will be the first to argue that the story doesn't always work, and it certainly doesn't come to much at the end. It has something to do with the resurrected soul of a serial killer. Seven children were born sixteen years ago on the night the killer died, and now apparently some of the souls are able to live inside the bodies of at least two of the teens. The thing I couldn't figure out is that the hero, known as "Bug" (Max Thieriot, from Jumper and Chloe), seems to be channeling some of his friends, even while they're still alive! Does that mean they're walking around without souls? Who knows?
categories Horror, Cinematical