My Soul To Take

My Soul To Take

calebbotts's picture

Now, I'm going to say out right that this is a spoiler.

So I loved it Condor being the consumre of souls and crow the guardian to death. It was amazing. It was like a combination of Shcoker and Nightmare on Elm Street.

I was a little mad when my favorite character (Penelope the Jesus freak) got offed, I really like the rules of horror films and offing a virgin isn't my favorite thing to see, but this is what I want to discuss.

Craven "broke" two "rules" in his film, attcaking someone in a closet, and icing a virgin. However he used these exceptions to take a deep look at the characters.

In the closet it was a form of irony, closet symbolizing sanctuary or the womb, and the boy (Bug) being ripped from it ruined his sisters life, when she is ripped from the closet "the womb" it starts an ironic ture about where in Bug is saving Fang.

As for Penelope... I was at a loss until the end when the killer said "he and that doctor jumpped into the first babies they could find" (I paraphrased) Both Penelope and the Doctor were symbols of insight and justice, and both more or less accepted their deaths. Penelope was the doctor (more or less).

Does anyone else thik this is what Craven intended, if not why would one of the authors of "the rules" break them, I'm just really eager to hear your opinions?

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Buffyhotep's picture

I havent seen it but I am looking forward to it

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unprecedentedkiller's picture

That's an interesting take on the movie.  I just came home from seeing this so I haven't had time to really analyze it.  I did like the whole crow and condor thing; but I was/am confused about the ending :

the killer said "he and that doctor jumpped into the first babies they could find" (I paraphrased) Both Penelope and the Doctor were symbols of insight and justice, and both more or less accepted their deaths. Penelope was the doctor (more or less).

I just don't really get the connection Wes is trying to make; its possible that you have it right-maybe I just need to see the movie again.

All in all it was a pretty good movie.  As far as the whole "rules" thing goes I considered them to be only relevant for the late 1970's through 1980's Slasher sub-genre.  I don't know that the movie that put Wes Craven on the map: The Last House on the Left (1972), follows those "rules."  I don't know, I could keep going on but its kind of off topic and I don't want this post to be too long.

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calebbotts's picture

I haven't seen the old Last house on the Left, but the new one does follow the rules, even though the girl may be a virgin, she had a bit of a peer presure and drug problem.

And the only other thing that I can think of to explane that part of the movie is if both persons inhabited Bug, and if that is the case, it still kind of follows the rules because her death was so that the others might be saved, and I'd call it an allusion to Christ especially since she knew it was going to happen....

I personally like the rules, they add a certain flair and an undertone of morality. Plus, when you're a teenage Christian virgin, you tend to find some comfort in the rules that you wouldn't find in the more true stories.... I think the true stories in many instances are too dark for most people s taste though...

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countvladwolfenstein's picture

ME LIKEY,,,,

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widow1331's picture

it wasn't as good as i thought it would be>>

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HELLFIGHTER's picture

Gotta agree with the lovely Widow. I found it BORING.

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calebbotts's picture

It wasn't as engaging as some of Cravin's other films, however, it was deeper than I came to expect from him, I'd call it an intellectual thriller more so than a horror, but it certainly deserved more than it got, the production didn't even break even in the global market...

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MrBradshaw's picture

Didnt like it found it boring

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