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My Soul to Take, a review by addicted2dvd


     My Soul to Take (2010/United States)
IMDb |Wikipedia |Trailer |
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Director:Wes Craven
Writing:Wes Craven (Writer)
Length:107 min.
Rating:Rated R : Strong Bloody Violence, And Pervasive Language Including Sexual References
Video:Widescreen 2.35:1
Audio:English: DTS: 5.1, Spanish: DTS: 5.1, French: DTS: 5.1, Audio Descriptive: : , Commentary: :
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish

Stars:
Max Thieriot as Bug
John Magaro as Alex
Denzel Whitaker as Jerome
Zena Grey as Penelope
Nick Lashaway as Brandon
Paulina Olszynski as Brittany

Plot:
On the day the Riverton Ripper vanished without a trace, seven children were born. Today, they're all turning 16...and turning up dead. Legendary director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) keeps your heart racing with a suspense-thriller filled with twists, turns and a dark secret that will send your soul searching for cover.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes


My Thoughts:
I went into this one without even seeing a trailer for the film. Unfortunately the reviews I have read on it has been less then stellar. More then one going as far as saying it is the worst piece of work to come from Wes Craven. So needless to say I went into this one with low expectations. Though going in with the low expectations really didn't help much. While the film has it's moments here and there.. I really didn't think too much of this one. I found I really didn't care much for the characters... and the storyline just didn't keep my interest. I found myself doing other things while the movie played in the background.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From Addicted2DVD's Month Long Horror/Halloween Marathon on October 7th, 2013)

Member's Reviews

Dracula (1931), a review by addicted2dvd


Classic Monster Movie Marathon
After getting that great (early) birthday gift this past Wednesday... I just couldn't help but to have a Classic Monster Movie Marathon next. Between this new set and the first set I had I will have 18 movies to watch for this marathon... so I will need to start this marathon earlier then usual.... starting my marathon today (Thursday). I decided to watch these in the order of their year of release (according to back cover). So I have watched...


Dracula (1931)
After a harrowing ride through the Carpathian mountains in eastern Europe, Renfield enters castle Dracula to finalize the transferral of Carfax Abbey in London to Count Dracula, who is in actuality a vampire. Renfield is drugged by the eerily hypnotic count, and turned into one of his thralls, protecting him during his sea voyage to London. After sucking the blood and turning the young Lucy Weston into a vampire, Dracula turns his attention to her friend Mina Seward, daughter of Dr. Seward who then calls in a specialist, Dr. Van Helsing, to diagnose the sudden deterioration of Mina's health. Van Helsing, realizing that Dracula is indeed a vampire, tries to prepare Mina's fiance, John Harker, and Dr. Seward for what is to come and the measures that will have to be taken to prevent Mina from becoming one of the undead.

My Thoughts:
This is the first movie I ever watched with  Bela Lugosi in it. And one of my favorite versions of Dracula. I think Bela Lugosi does an outstanding job in the title role. What with this movie being over 75 years old... I wasn't expecting much from the audio and video on this release. But I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. Though I did have to turn the volume up on my surround sound a little... the quality was impressing. There was some noticeable dust on the video... but nothing that bad at all. It was a very good presentation... and the DVD gives us a nice collection of extras. though I only watched the Theatrical Trailer so far... I like to watch those before the movie to help me get in the mood for what I am about to watch.

(From Classic Monster Movie Marathon on May 15th, 2008)

Member's TV Reviews

Xena: Warrior Princess Marathon, a review by DJ Doena



Season 1

Disc 1

1x01 Sins of the Past
Synopsis: Xena has left her old ways behind and even intends to bury her weapons and armor when she "encounters" a group of mercenaries who try to kidnap a group of young women from a nearby village. The mercenaries belong to Draco, an old acquaintance of Xena's who plans to march into Xena's home valley. She has to protect her home village and at the same time that young girl who's now following her: Gabrielle.

My Opinion: If you already know the character from the Hercules episodes then you have no problem understanding this pilot episode. If you don't then the writers gave you a glimpse into her old life by using Draco as proxy since it is made clear that Xena was much like him. And it's also a good introduction to Gabrielle and her greatest talent: Her mouth. Xena wears now her final costume which changed slightly during and after the Hercules episodes. I think it's a good introduction to the show.

1x02 Chariots of War
Synopsis: Xena gets shot by an arrow when she tries to help some villagers who were under attack by a local warlord. One of the villagers invites her to his house until she's healed. Meanwhile Gabrielle waits in another town for her return and makes the acquaintance of a young man who happens to be the son of said warlord and is supposed to become his father's successor.

My Opinion:
1x03 Dreamworker
Synopsis: Gabrielle gets kidnapped by a group of Mystics who want to marry her to the God of Dreams, Morpheus. For this she has to lose her blood innocence and has to kill a man (but she doesn't know that). In order to save her, Xena has to enter the Dreamscape where she not only encounters the people she killed but also her old self.

My Opinion: "You look bigger". ;D I really liked it how Gabrielle got rid of her enemies without killing a single one of them and I liked it how Xena faced her old self and came to the acceptance that she is part of her and always will be. And I love these contact lenses(?) that colour the entire eye totally black. That looks awesome every time someone wears them (e.g. Lyta Alexander in Babylon 5).

1x04 Cradle of Hope
Synopsis: Xena and Gabrielle find an abandoned baby that has become victim of a prophecy that says that the child will one day sit on the throne of the local kingdom. But they also encounter the granddaughter of the famous Pandora and she's carrying the box and has to prevent hope from escaping out of it.

My Opinion: As I said in the beginning, I like the mixture of mythologies they are brewing here. I don't have a problem with them being at Troy one week and meeting Cesar the next. And so they encounter Pandora (named after her grandmother) and her box this week. And Lucy Lawless (what a name! ;)) danced a beautiful oriental dance...

(From Xena: Warrior Princess Marathon on November 21st, 2009)