Writer-director Wes Craven returns to the horror genre with MY SOUL TO TAKE, and the Cinefantastique Podcast is there to examine the results. Join Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski as the delve deeply into the terrors of the Riverton Ripper, whose soul may have returned in the body of one of the 7 children born on the night of the police gunned down the killer. Also, a fond farewell to director Roy Ward Baker, who helmed such cult and classic films as QUATERMAS AND THE PIT (aka 5 MILLION YEARS TO EARTH), THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, and ASYLUM.
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Trailer for Wes Craven’s MY SOUL TO TAKE, originally titled 25/8.
Last year, Rogue Pictures announced the Universal Pictures would release writer-director Wes Craven’s cryptically titled thriller “25/8” some time in 2009. That plan did not come to fruition. Instead, a year later, the title has been changed to MY SOUL TO TAKE; a release date has been set for October; and a poster has appeared on eBay, suggesting that the film has undergone a post-production conversion to 3-D.
The delayed release date is not a good sign, but that could just be a matter of an over-crowded market, what with the Craven-produced remake of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT hitting theatres last year. However, the title change, the poster tagline (“Only one has the power to save their souls”), and the 3-D conversion suggest the film has been retooled to sell MY SOUL TO TAKE squarely as a horror film, with a possible supernatural element, rather than as a suspense-thriller, which was how the film was originally being presented in press materials. The story takes place 16 years after the death of a serial killer, who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the night he died. When people start disappearing mysteriously, the question becomes whether the psychopath been reincarnated as one of seven teens, or did he survive the night he was left for dead? The plot focuses on the killer’s son, Adam Heller (Max Thieriot), a young man unaware of his father’s crimes but plagued by nightmares. John Magaro and Emily Meade co-star.
Release date: October 8
Watch the trailer below:
This article has been edited to update release date information.