Taboos of Terror 2016: Shock, Sex & Terror

This book contains 150 horror movie reviews. These movies all contain shock, sex and gore. The reviews are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each production is established by the sum of 7 types of ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review. These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

My Soul to Take

An undead serial killer stalks seven children who were born the day he died.

 

United States
2010
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Relative: 
Father
Trickster: 
Impostor
Catastrophes: 
Crash
Fire
Legend: 
Urban Legend
4
Now you lay you down to sleep...
6
2
7.04
7.04
1
2
3
Performances
Plot
Pace
My Soul to Take is aesthetically pleasing, well performed, but narratively autistic. It’s hard to tell if the problem is at script level or if it occurred during the editing process, but this film is hard to follow. It’s a complicated story from a writer and director who knows better. He’s made pictures with much greater gimmicks and simpler synopses. Has Wes Craven finally run out of ideas?
He is borrowing bits from his most popular work: Shocker, Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street. The killer doesn’t have a cool costume or a creative M.O. Also, this movie isn’t particularly set for a franchise. It’s made skillfully but it possesses no ambiance, no rhythm and it relies too much on flashbacks because it’s afraid we won’t “get it”. And rightfully so… it’s incomprehensible.
The film’s greatest flaw is that it contains two dark introductions. By the time things get brighter and characters get exposition, you’re already twenty minutes in. And even then, things are somewhat sinister. For a story involving teenagers, this is rather nihilistic. What’s more, the supernatural aspect is way too convoluted. We constantly get the impression we've missed crucial information.
Alternate Titles: 
Wes Craven's The Ripper
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