My Soul to Take

October 8th, 2010


My Soul to Take

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A serial killer returns to his hometown to stalk seven children who share the same birthday as the date he was allegedly put to rest.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 4.6/10 (8,128 voted)

Critic's Score: 25/100

Director: Wes Craven

Stars: Max Thieriot, John Magaro, Denzel Whitaker

In the sleepy town of Riverton, legend tells of a serial killer who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the night he died. Now, 16 years later, people are disappearing again. Has the psychopath been reincarnated as one of the seven teens, or did he survive the night he was left for dead? Only one of the kids knows the answer. Adam "Bug" Heller (Max Thieriot) was supposed to die on the last night the Riverton Ripper wrecked havoc on that terrifying night. Unaware of terrifying crimes being committed to the seven children, he has been plagued by nightmares of their murders while not aware if they hold true or if he is simply imagining the images that haunt him. But if Bug hopes to save his friends from the monster that's returned, he must face an evil that won't rest...until it finishes the job it began the day he was born.

Max Thieriot - Bug
John Magaro - Alex
Denzel Whitaker - Jerome
Zena Grey - Penelope
Nick Lashaway - Brandon
Paulina Olszynski - Brittany
Jeremy Chu - Jay
Emily Meade - Fang / Leah - teenager
Raúl Esparza - Abel
Jessica Hecht - May
Frank Grillo - Paterson
Danai Gurira - Jeanne-Baptiste
Harris Yulin - Dr. Blake
Shareeka Epps - Chandelle
Elena Hurst - Maria

Taglines: Only One Has The Power To Save Their Souls.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 8 October 2010

Filming Locations: Connecticut, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,842,220 (USA) (10 October 2010) (2572 Screens)

Gross: $14,637,490 (USA) (31 October 2010)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

The title 'My Soul to Take' was taken from the children's prayer: "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take."

Revealing mistakes: During the phone conversation between Brandon and Brittany Brandon's iPhone shows the home screen.

Brittany: How 'bout I have my dog bite it off and bury it in my backyard?
Brandon: How big is your backyard?

User Review

I Can't Believe Wes Craven Made This Garbage

Rating: 2/10

Despite numerous warnings to avoid this film, I shelled out my money, including the ridiculous $3 extra for 3D glasses, figuring, it's Wes Craven, how bad can it be? Well, the answer is, extremely, horribly, atrociously bad. MSTT made Shocker look like Citizen Kane. I've seen better efforts at the After Dark Horrorfests and coming from The Asylum on SyFy.

MSTT had a script and dialog of the level of some fresh-out-of-some-two-bit-drama-school reject, not of a nearly 40-year veteran of filmmaking. Half the dialog made no sense whatsoever, and the emotions of the actors was usually misplaced.

While the story had promise, the execution failed completely. At first, the action seemed forced to get to the central elements Craven was looking for, then the resolution bogged down in complete incoherence.

Craven can't blame some one else's script or studio insistence on cuts, 'cause this atrocity was all his. If this is the best he can do, he should retire. He's proved he has nothing left to add to horror.

And if my negative comments still don't dissuade you from seeing this atrocity, make sure you at least seek out 2D instead of the extra money for 3D, because...

THERE WAS NO Discernible 3D IN THE FILM WHATSOEVER!!!! Scenes which should have popped out of the screen, such as the ambulance crash, DIDN'T! It's quite obvious the studio realized what a piece of crap MSTT was and how it would plummet in ticket sales once work of mouth got out, so they did post-filming 3D conversion to bilk the poor suckers who went to see it opening weekend out of a few dollars more.

The only reason I didn't rate this a 1 is because, sadly, I have seen worse. But this one should be avoided at all costs.



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