My Soul to Take
|My Soul to Take in 3D|
|Directed by||Wes Craven|
|Written by||Wes Craven|
|Music by||Marco Beltrami|
|Editing by||Peter McNulty|
|Distributed by||Rogue Pictures|
|Running time||107 minutes|
My Soul to Take (originally called 25/8) is a 2010 American supernatural-horror film, written and directed by Wes Craven. It is his first film since 1994's Wes Craven's New Nightmare that he both wrote and directed. The film stars Max Thieriot as the protagonist Adam "Bug" Hellerman, who is one of seven teenagers chosen to die.
The film was unsuccessful at the box office, and was poorly received by critics. The film's title comes from a line in the prayer "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep", which reads "If I shall die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." The prayer features in the film.
Abel Plenkov (Raul Esparza), a man who suffers from multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia and whose alter ego is 'The Riverton Ripper' murders his pregnant wife and counselor Dr. Blake. When he dies later that night, his multiple personalities are transferred to the souls of seven children who were born prematurely that same night.
16 years later, Adam 'Bug' Hellerman (Max Thieriot) and six other children celebrate their 16th birthday. Throughout the day, 5 of the 7 children are brutally killed by the Riverton Ripper including (in the order they were killed): Jay (Jeremy Chu), Penelope (Zena Grey), Brandon (Nick Lashaway), Brittany (Paulina Olszynski), and Jerome (Denzel Whittaker). Bug's adoptive mother (Jessica Hecht) is also killed, as well as the police officer, Detective Paterson (Frank Grillo), who had been investigating the murders 16 years earlier. Bug's older sister Leah 'Fang' Hellerman (Emily Meade) is wounded but survives. Bug finds out he is the son of the Ripper, Abel Plenkov.
After the Ripper kills people throughout the Hellerman house, Bug's best friend Alex (John Magaro) crawls through the window and Bug realizes that the Ripper's soul transferred to Alex's body. Alex also reveals he murdered his abusive stepfather. After a brief struggle, Bug manages to stab Alex and free the Ripper's soul into Hell. Thinking he will be arrested (as Bug had been the one under suspicion throughout the film) he walks out of the house and is instead celebrated as a hero after Leah tells the police exactly what happened. Although he doesn't feel like a hero, Bug decides to "fake it..." and act like a hero, just like Alex had taught him to act like a man.
- Max Thieriot as Adam 'Bug' Hellerman (Plenkov); the main character of the film who is actually the son of the murderous Riverton Ripper. He suffers from schizophrenia just like his father as well as oxygen starvation.
- John Magaro as Alex Dunkelman; one of Bug's best friends.
- Denzel Whitaker as Jerome King; one of Bug's best friends. He is blind.
- Zena Grey as Penelope Bryte; a devout Christian and follower of the bible.
- Nick Lashaway as Brandon O'Neil; the school's bully to Bug and Alex.
- Paulina Olszynski as Brittany Cunningham; One of the popular girls in school and a part of Fang's group. She is also the object of Bug's affection.
- Jeremy Chu as Jay Chan; one of Bug's friends. He is the first to be taken out by the Ripper.
- Emily Meade as Leah 'Fang' Hellerman (Plenkov); Bug's sister. She is controlling and takes charge of the girls at school, punishing them if they don't listen to her.
- Raul Esparza as Abel Plenkov; a man with multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia who murders his wife and counselor 16 years prior to the events of the film. He is also known as the Ripper. The stuntman in the Ripper costume is played by Christopher Place.
- Jessica Hecht as May Hellerman; Bug's adopted mom.
- Frank Grillo as Det. Frank Patterson; the detective who investegated the murders 16 years earlier as well as the current murders in the film.
- Danai Gurira as Jeanne-Baptiste
- Harris Yulin as Dr. Blake; Abel Plenkov's counselor.
- Shareeka Epps as Chandelle; Jerome's older sister.
- Dennis Boutsikaris as Principal Pratt; the principal of Riverton High School who demands Bug be tested for his awkward behavior.
- Felix Solis as Chela; a teacher at Riverton High School.
Production of the film began in April 2008 originally aiming for an October 2009 release. Craven described the killer in March 2009 as "a figure who lives under the river", eats bark, and lives in the woods since his alleged death. The film is produced by Anthony Katagas and first time producer Iya Labunka, Craven's wife.
Henry Hopper, son of late actor Dennis Hopper, was originally cast in the lead role of Adam "Bug" Hellerman, but was replaced by Max Thieriot after Hopper contracted mononucleosis. Accompanying Thieriot is John Magaro as Alex Dunkelman, Adam's friend who is abused regularly by his sadistic boorish stepfather, Quint (Lou Sumrall). Paulina Olszynski plays Brittany Cunningham, who shares a mutual secret attraction to Adam. Nick Lashaway plays Brandon O'Neal, a "dashing, athletic jock" and "the handsomest boy in his school" who is attracted to Brittany. Emily Meade plays Leah ("Fang"). Zena Grey, Denzel Whitaker, Trevor St. John, Raúl Esparza and Shareeka Epps also star.
The film was released on October 8, 2010 and ran in 3-D. My Soul to Take was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on February 8. The trailer was attached to Resident Evil: Afterlife and Devil.
Although many of the main scenes were filmed in multiple rural Massachusetts towns, many of the high school scenes were shot in the then vacant Tolland High School. Other scenes were filmed in New Milford, CT and Gaylordsville, CT and Westhill High School in Stamford, CT.
This film has received mainly negative reviews. As of now, it holds a 9% on rotten tomatoes.
The film opened at #4 on its opening Friday, but ultimately placed at #5 for the weekend with $6,842,220 behind The Social Network, Life as We Know It, Secretariat, and the previous 3D screen holder Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, in its third weekend. It had placed the record for the lowest opening of a 3D film released at over 1500 venues, claiming the record from Alpha and Omega until Gulliver's Travels claimed the record two months later.
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- It should be noted that Gulliver's Travels opened on a Saturday, and thus its weekend was cut short. Drive Angry claimed the record in February 2011, even if you count Gulliver's Travels.
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