REVIEW: Wes Craven’s “My Soul to Take” (2010)

I’ve seen a lot of movies in my time. Some good, some bad. Some were just…the worst mistakes I’ve ever had the displeasure of witnessing. But today, we’re going to talk about a movie that had a bad rating, but honestly I kind of liked: My Soul to Take.

Starring Max Thieriot, John Magaro and Raúl Esparza, My Soul to Take is about a serial killer to returns to his hometown to stalk seven children who were all prematurely born on the same day he was allegedly killed.

Earlier in the movie, a character named Jeanne-Baptiste from Haiti said that, “down there they don’t say that someone like [Abel] has multiple personalities.” Rather, they have “multiple souls.” So the seven souls of the Riverton Ripper transferred to the vessels of the seven children who were born on the day he died. One of these souls was the bad, killer soul.

I was kind of confused about what direction this movie was going. We saw earlier in the movie that the killer had schizophrenia and likely dissociated identity disorder which is why he killed, without knowing about it. Then his son, one of the Riverton Seven, is also shown suffering from the same disorders. You kind of expected Bug to be the killer because of this.

I mean, let’s see, he was talking to various different voices, later in the movie, he talked about absorbing souls. He is said to have already killed people and have been in institutions. Like, you’re going through the whole movie thinking that he’s the killer.

But it’s Craven, he’s going to put a spin on it. It’s not going to be who it’s been winding up to be the whole time…even though it makes total sense.

So the killer is one of the other Riverton Seven kids, who has the bad soul. So we’re back to magic and stuff like that. It seemed scientific, but no there’s a weird devil spin to it.

I was hoping that the real ripper, Abel Plenkov, was actually alive and well, living in the woods, plotting his revenge. But, no, not the case.

The characters were grossly underdeveloped, so I had absolutely no emotion when they were killed. The entire movie moved as if either Bug was the killer, or the Ripper was still alive. Besides Jeanne-Baptiste’s remark earlier in the film, there was no indication whatsoever that the whole soul transferring thing took place.

I love Wes Craven a lot, and I think this story idea could have had real promise. It wasn’t executed to the best of Craven’s ability.

I rate it 2/10 stars.

All in all, good idea, bad movie. Still, give it a watch and tell me what you think.