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MY SOUL TO TAKE
So this was the big thing for this years and last years horror releases. Two of the greatest horror directors of all time were back with more. John Carpenter with The Ward and Wes Craven with My Soul To Take, Scream 4. It was the question of who would do it better. To be honest i dont personally care. And im surprised it took me this long to watch this one. I know its a little late but im doin a review anyway.
NOW FOR THE REVIEW
Our buddy Wes Craven is one of the (if not the) most pioneering directors for the slasher genre. He brought us some of the most unique twists and supernatural blendings to ever grace the big screen.
1972 - Wes directs his first and still one of his most controversial slasher flicks, The Last House On The Left, that left audiences physically sick.
1977 - Wes brings us another odd and completely unique slasher with a family of mutant inbreds terrorizing a family in the desert with The Hills Have Eyes.
1984 - Thus Craven has created one of THE most famous stories in horror with A Nightmare On Elm Street. A movie the likes of which audiences has never seen before. With the killer being in your dreams.
1989 - A new killer that was previously electrocuted on death row is back for vengeance in Shocker. Another new and fresh face to the slasher genre.
1996 - Scream is released and shows the more funny and clever side of Wes while still holding it down for the unique and imaginative slashers Craven is known for.
2011 - After directing 3 more sequels for Scream, Wes return with his next addition to the mind bending supernatural slasher he is known for, with the overly complicated but still great My Soul To Take.
Its no doubt that Wes Craven has a way of creating a unique world and premise for his slashers. And this one is no different. Its about a killer who supposedly dies, the 7 children are prematurely born moments after. We now assume his spirit has engulfed the soul of one of the kids. Jump 16 years and all the children are all grown up. And it is the anneverasry of the killers death and the birthday of 7 unlucky kids living in a town trying to silence its bloody past. But when the killer apparently makes his return and starts picking the kids off one by one, it appears that "The Rippers" legacy is not over. This movie is 107 minutes of confusing story and great filmmaking.
Though the plot and the story and the writing is all fantastic because of its unique twist on the horror genre, but i feel like they put in WAY too many "what if's" and "maybe its this" branches into the storyline. Through out most of the movie you are completely clueless as to who is killing who and who is possessed by what. I think it could have been much more simple but still have been an intriguing story. That set aside the writing is very good. The dialog and dynamic between characters is witty and interesting. The writing of the story is also great. The acting was varied. Some good and some bad. Some recognizable actors and some new faces. Most of everyones acting is decent except for the token black kid in the movie played by Denzel Whitaker. The character was blind and the "blind acting" was so laughable it took away from the film. Sometimes the character walked around without a cane looking like he could see!
Now this is Wes Craven were talking about here and we all now about the GORE. I know this movie was in 3D (or RealD, whatever im over it) when it was released to theaters so the gore was probably different. But nevermind that i enjoyed the amount of gore in this one. Though it isnt gallons it is realistic. Both amount wise and the way it looks. The kills are less varied then im used to, most of which are just stabbings, but they were done well. Looked real, looked painful, and it was convincing so he succeeded in my opinion.
8 OUT OF 10