My Soul to Take Wes Craven's first new movie in five years is a brainless, joyless, and yes, you might even say, soul less teen slasher — the kind… My Soul to Take Wes Craven's first new movie in five years is a brainless, joyless, and yes, you might even say, soul less teen slasher — the kind… 2010-10-08 Max Thieriot Universal
Movie Review

My Soul to Take (2010)

DIE BEFORE I WAKE Max Theirot in My Soul to Take
Image credit: Nicole Rivelli
DIE BEFORE I WAKE Max Theirot in My Soul to Take
EW's GRADE
D-

Details Release Date: Oct 08, 2010; With: Max Thieriot; Distributor: Universal

Wes Craven's first new movie in five years is a brainless, joyless, and yes, you might even say, soulless teen slasher — the kind of thing you'd expect from one of the lesser directors he inspired with Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream. The plot of My Soul to Take is a mess, but here goes: Sixteen years ago, the spirit of a demonic murderer called The Ripper was released when his host body died. Local lore says the evil soul jumped into one of seven children born in his town that same day, like a homicidal Dalai Lama. Now, those kids are high schoolers who have to figure out which one of them is the new Ripper before he kills them all. The slew of obvious ''Why?'' and ''How?'' questions won't even bug you once you get bogged down in the movie's stock characters and unimaginative killings (pointlessly shot in 3D). Worst of all, the guy who created Freddy Krueger can't even manage a scary bad guy: The Ripper, who materializes as a hairy brute, doesn't conjure up nightmares as much as the image of a homeless Klingon. D-

Originally posted Oct 08, 2010