What the hell?
Wes Craven...you have brought many decent horror/slasher films, such as the clever 'Scream' franchise, and you're best 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'. With those films you brought your serial killer characters (Freddy Kruger and Ghostface) to live as famous characters. Well here's my questions Craven, what in the hell were you trying to go here!? What were you even thinking? What happened to your cleverness? We don't get any cleverness out of this film. This recent horror/slasher film from Wes Craven is a dull and overly disappointing let down.
The story would have been decent if it wasn't for its lousy script. It starts off with this guy (known as The Ripper) who gets sent to the hospital after killing his wife, and stabbing himself. The doctors loose his body in a river. The Ripper's body was never found, but is assumed to be dead. Years later after that incident and group of high-school kids join together at the same spot where The Ripper died to celebrate his death, but later during that night on the bridge it turns out that The Ripper stills lives.
Seven high school kids get killed, but which one will be next? Well actually it's pretty predictable which character gets killed because of the films script and directing on certain scenes of the film. That's one of the big problems this film has is that almost every murder scene after the beginning are predictable. SPOLIER: Six out of the seven high school kids get murdered. Out of those six were only two that I did not see coming. So that basically makes one thirds out of those murders unexpected.
Now it's surprising that because most of those scenes were expected made the characters memorable. Although I don't remember all of the characters names I can easily tell you the description of each main character. Although these characters are memorable the way they are developed is flawed. Most of these characters are not developed right, especially when it comes to the high-school characters.
Starting off explaining the main character, Bug, who is the only innocent character out of the all the high-school kids, almost too innocent as some of the other characters say. I found it weird that is name was actually Bug. If it was a nickname, then that would have understandable, but is actually name? It's just weird that a director would name the main character Bug in a horror movie...well actually come to think of it; it's not that weird at all, because this is another bad horror/slasher film, anyways.
Bug best friend, Alex, seems to be despised by some people, the fact that he sometimes causes a little trouble. This would have to be the funniest character in the movie. Don't ask why. This blonde high-school girl named Brandie would be the girl that Bug has a small crush on, but also happens to be the big crush to Brandon, who is the annoying high-school bully that is known to be a pig. Not to mention the Christian girl Jennifer, that has a crush on Bug. Now this is one of the other things that I didn't like about Bug. He eyes on a girl that has no interest in him, but has a girl that actually does like him, but didn't bother paying attention to her. I guess that's how high-school kids are...just blind and stupid, but anyways. Last but not least there's this blind kid, nothing much to say about him. Wondering about the seventh? He gets killed off a little after the beginning. All these characters have one thing in common to their poor developmence; these characters don't even act like regular high-school kids, in fact the actors don't even look it either. That's all I'm going to say about those characters.
The Ripper is the killer of the film that is such a laughable and unscary character for a serial killer. I mean, come on. The Ripper? Seriously Craven? That's what he's called. Such an unoriginal name for a serial killer. During The Ripper's first appearance in the film he looks like Michael Myers from Rob Zombie's 'Halloween 2' as the big homeless bum and The Ripper yells out "I am The Ripper!" right before he makes his first murder. A serial killer does not reveal who he is right before he makes his first murder! It's just very improper!
Craven's directing is sloppy! It makes the scares of what Craven tries to bring, lack! As a matter of fact, I'm not sure if he was actually trying. Come on Wes, you can do better than this. Now Craven still proves that he has a good sense of humor. There are scenes in this film that are laugh-out-loud funny. So the film does have is upsides, but still. 'My Soul to Take' is easily the worst of Wes Craven. Hopefully 'Scream 4' will save his carrier.
Oh, and one more thing. I didn't see this in 3-D, but watching this film in 2-D makes you easily see that this film would have sucked in 3-D. So I'm glad I saw this in 2-D.