my soul to take (2010)
i've sat watching my cursor blink for a few minutes while thinking about what to write about this movie. i wanted to be able to write a great review of this movie. i really did. but i can't.
my soul to take has left me wondering why wes craven is still making movies.
in the car, driving home from the movie, i said to shawn, "its like my george romero thing. i don't have to like everything he's doing anymore. but i do respect it... <painfully long pause> nevermind, i don't respect this."
there was an interesting seed of an idea and it had the elements of a solid horror movie. i even jumped a few times. there was just no there there.
"the riverton ripper" has killed seven people. he's a mild-mannered family man who suffers from schizophrenia. he doesn't remember the murders. he tries to kill himself and the murderous ripper takes over. carnage ensues. he kills his pregnant wife, his psychiatrist, a few police officers and an EMT before he is killed. seven children, including the one his wife is carrying, are born that day. fast forward 16 years. the ripper returns and begins killing the now-teenaged children one by one. is it the ripper or has the ripper's soul taken refuge in one of the babies born that day?
see? interesting idea. it could have been great.
too much time was spent on character development, in an attempt to make us like these kids. here's the thing - teenagers can be horribly annoying, cruel and stupid. even bug, who we are supposed to really like, needed a good smack upside the head. liking these kids was near impossible.
another problem? the ripper. 16 years ago he was a normal looking guy, the kind of guy that when his secret was discovered the neighbors would describe him as polite, well mannered, normal. 16 years later and he looks like silent bob became a reaver. huh?
also, there is a scene toward the end that is so reminiscent of scream i wanted to scream out of frustration.
i felt like wes craven had a checklist and that he thought if he checked all the items off he'd have himself a hit horror movie. he was so focused on this to do list that he forgot to make it scary.
sadly, this makes me fear for scream 4, if not for the future of horror altogether.