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My Soul to Take

horror, thrillers

When the Riverton Ripper vanished, 7 children were born. Now they're turning 16, and turning up dead. Wes Craven (Scream) keeps your heart racing in this terrifying suspense-thriller.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
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2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Lots of bloody slashing in Wes Craven's violent chiller.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this supernatural slasher about a serial killer who may have returned from the dead is full of slicing and dicing, with gallons of blood on display. There are also two instances in which adults hit teens. Language is quite strong, with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t." There are some sexual situations, including one involving teen pregnancy, but not much is shown onscreen. Most of the lead characters are 16, and the movie is being presented in 3-D (which, of course, makes everything that much more intense), so it's primed for teen consumption.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How did it affect you? How does its impact compare to that in other horror movies you've seen?
  • Is the movie scary? What makes it a horror movie? Does it have supernatural elements, or is it more about the suspense?
  • How does Bug grow and change over the course of the film? Does he learn to become a grown-up during his ordeal? Does he learn to take on responsibility?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 11
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Wes Craven's first new movie in five years is a brainless, joyless, and yes, you might even say, soulless teen slasher.

- Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly, Friday, October 8, 2010

Rotten: This dumb, derivative teen slasher movie would be uninspiring coming from any writer-director, let alone one with several genre classics under his belt.

- Dennis Harvey, Variety, Friday, October 8, 2010

Rotten: What sinks it is Craven's simplistic, ham-fisted writing and inert direction.

- Eric D. Snider,, Monday, October 11, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

Wes, what the Hell happened? Utter crap like this is usually only made by true hacks and naive amateurs, not a veteran like you. Pretty much everything here is lame: poor acting, lazy writing, uninspired story, and careless direction. On top of that, it's all dull, lifeless, and not very fun or entertaining. I'm actually being a little generous here. I did like that there was a decent amount of bloodshed. That helped, as did the casting of two performers I kind of like. (Epps and Grey) Aside from that, this is just a giant fail all over. Here's to hoping redemption comes (in a massive way) with Scream 4.

- cosmo313, Thursday, March 10, 2011

3 stars

Cast: Max Thieriot, Denzel Whitaker, Raul Esparza, Shareeka Epps, Emily Meade, Frank Grillo, Zena Grey, Nick Lashaway, Jessica Hecht Director: Wes Craven Summary: Some 15 years after the presumed death of a vicious serial killer, children whose birthdays match his supposed "death day" start to disappear. But whether the killer -- or his tortured soul -- is responsible remains to be seen. One boy (Max Thieriot) knows for sure, but his own connection to the horrific crimes is far too terrible to imagine. My Thoughts: "An OK little teen slasher. I am sure a younger audience will enjoy this much more then an older audience. No suspense and not at all scary, but definitely bloody enough. The story isn't bad, but there are seven characters that are kinda boring and really don't get much development which makes you care even less about them being killed off. The cast is full of young fresh face's. I think I've only seen one (bug) in a movie before (I think it was 'Jumper'). Not bad acting, but nothing that will be remembered, sadly much like this movie. I LOVE Wes Craven, he is a favorite of mine, but he has done much, much, much better work. Not really bad, but the furthest from great."

- LWOODS04, Friday, April 1, 2011

1 star

is it just possible that Craven fumbled the ball this time and gave us the equivalent of a fairly amateur teen horror flick?

- roygutteridge, Sunday, May 15, 2011