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26 October 1990 (USA) See more »
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Four teenagers are killed in a car accident. Two of the teenagers refuse to go with "The Grim Reaper" and a race between life and death ensues! Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Joe Estevez ... The Man / Soultaker

Vivian Schilling ... Natalie McMillan

Gregg Thomsen ... Zach Taylor

Robert Z'Dar ... Angel of Death

David 'Shark' Fralick ... Brad Deville (as David Shark)
Jean Reiner ... Anna McMillan

Chuck Williams ... Tommy Marcetto
David Fawcett ... Mayor Grant McMillan

Gary Kohler ... Sgt. Haggerty
Dave Scott ... Officer Mel
Peter Dach ... Store Clerk
Cinda Lou Freeman ... Candice
Meschelle Manley ... Karen
Charles Bosworth ... Mr. Taylor
Jeff Deen ... Dr. Richard Reiner
John Edd Thompson ... News Anchor
Eric McLendon ... On-Air Reporter
Bob Grant ... Reporter #1

Eric Parkinson ... News Reporter
Barbara B. Patten ... Nun
Anna H. Watts ... Nun
Eugene Walter ... Nun

Sammy Busby ... David Smith
Josef Holloway ... Orderly
Kimberly Keltner ... Nurse #1
Sally Daniel ... Nurse #2
Alice B. Blake ... Dying Lady
George Wadlow ... Dying Man

Directed by
Michael Rissi 
Writing credits
Vivian Schilling (story) and
Eric Parkinson (story)

Vivian Schilling (screenplay)

Produced by
Dennis J. Carlo .... executive producer
Anthony Dalesandro .... co-producer
Connie Kingrey .... producer
Charles Luria .... executive producer
Eric Parkinson .... producer
Ivor Royston .... executive producer
John Scherer .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jon McCallum 
Cinematography by
James Rosenthal (director of photography) (as James A. Rosenthal)
Film Editing by
Jason Coleman 
Michael Rissi 
Casting by
Mary Gaffney 
Daniel Travis 
Art Direction by
Thad Carr 
Costume Design by
Sylvia Lawrence 
Makeup Department
Terry Barker .... hair stylist
Terry Barker .... makeup artist
Maurissa Bryant .... hair stylist
Maurissa Bryant .... makeup artist
Ron Jacobs .... hair stylist: second unit
Ron Jacobs .... makeup artist: second unit
Jeff Kent .... hair stylist
Jeff Kent .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jason Coleman .... post-production supervisor
John Scherer .... unit production manager
Art Department
Blake Savelle .... property master
Sound Department
Philip G. Allen .... sound designer (as Phillip Allan)
Kami Asgar .... post-production sound
Bob Grant .... sound mixer
Tahamas Ray .... post-production sound
Charlie Shepard .... boom operator (as Charlie Sheppard)
Lawrence L. Simeone .... post-production sound (as Larry Simeone)
Visual Effects by
Jerry Kitz .... animation effects
Jerry Kitz .... opticals
John Lambert .... animation effects
John Lambert .... opticals
Gary Beal .... stunts (as Gary Beall)
David 'Shark' Fralick .... stunts (as David Shark)
Bob Ivy .... stunt coordinator
Bob Ivy .... stunts
David Sanders .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
David Adams .... best boy: second unit
Norman Andrews .... assistant camera: second unit
Glenn Ballard .... grip: second unit
David Dechant .... second assistant camera (as David Dechent)
Greg Dudler .... best boy electric
Tommy Fell .... grip
Matt Gulbin .... best boy grip
Michael Gulbin .... key grip (as Michael Gulfin)
Zoltan Gyulai .... first assistant camera (as Zoli Gyulay)
Darryl Humber .... best boy grip
Robert J. LeRoux .... assistant camera: second unit
Randy Shanofsky .... first assistant camera
Timothy Sheffer .... assistant camera (as Tim Sheffer)
Phillip Sheppard .... grip
David Watson .... gaffer
Jeff Weaver .... electrician
Cynthia Webster .... camera operator: second unit (as Brett Webster)
Casting Department
Joe Guinan .... Additional Casting (Joe Estevez )
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heidi Fundinger .... wardrobe assistant
Kelly Walker .... wardrobe: second unit
Editorial Department
Michael Kennen .... assistant editor
Other crew
Sally Daniel .... production assistant
Gary Dennis .... production assistant
Cheryl Greathouse .... production assistant
Andrea E. Griffin .... production assistant
Chad Hahn .... production assistant
Debbie Jackson .... production coordinator
Kimberly Jacobs .... production assistant
Kimberly Keltner .... script supervisor
Angela B. Moody .... production assistant
Mike Plantholt .... production assistant
Tyner Reeves .... production assistant
Sharon Yahnke .... craft service
Lonnie Ramati .... production business & legal affairs (uncredited)
Morris Asgar .... special thanks
Mel Cosgrove .... special thanks
Peter Lossing .... special thanks
Ray Quinn .... special thanks
Jim Robilard .... special thanks
Mark Strickland .... special thanks
Tony Williams .... special thanks

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Rated R for some drug content
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Vivian Schilling who appears as Natalie in the film, wrote some of the story.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Natalie and Zack are talking, just before leaving the summerfest, a white screen is seen at the top of the frame.See more »
Brad Deville:Led Zeppelin was wrong, man. There is no stairway to heaven.See more »
What a Lovely Way to GoSee more »


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True story:, 2 March 2002
Author: divaclv

In his book "I Hated, Hated, HATED This Movie" Roger Ebert recalls a time when he and late partner Gene Siskel viewed a particularly bad clunker. To add insult to injury, the third reel of the film had gone missing and they had to return a few days later to see it. The elusive footage was just as bad as the rest, but as Siskel observed it wouldn't have helped the product any: "If the third reel had been the missing footage from 'The Magnificent Ambersons,' this movie still would have sucked."

I am, I will confess, one of those who has not seen the uncut version of "Soultaker" (having been unable to locate it on television or rental shelves and having other things I'd rather spend my money on). But I find it hard to believe that any amount of additional footage would vastly improve on what I've already seen.

To be fair this is not, by any stretch of the imagination, the worst film to be the subject of a "Mystery Science Theater 3000" episode--indeed, compared to such horrors as "Hobgoblins" and "The Wild World of Batwoman" it's downright marvellous. The storyline (an Angel-of-Death figure is assigned to collect the souls of some youngsters and ends up being obsessed with one of them) is promising--shades of Cocteau's "Orpheus"--and there are some nice moments of symbolism (the butterfly brooch was a nice touch). But overall the film falls short in several areas. To wit:

~The Soultaker--or "The Man" as he's billed--has the most potential of any character in the piece. Such parts are best when they come off as creepy or charasmatic, preferably both. Sadly Joe Estevez is neither, and in several scenes looks more confused than anything else.

~Vivian Shilling, who does double duty as screenwriter and as Natalie, the girl Estevez's character flips for. A writer casting themselves in their own work is not exactly a bad thing--take Mel Brooks, for example. But if I had been in Shilling's shoes, I would have written better dialogue for myself than "How is that possible?" and "I don't understand any of this."

~Zach, the would-be hero of this piece. Zach is the sort of protagonist who's so whiny and ineffective that you end up rooting for the bad guy--or you would be, if the bad guy wasn't played by Joe Estevez. We're told Zach loves Natalie, but it's a bit hard to swallow when his defense of his undying passion to a skeptical friend basically consists of "You don't know her!"

~The entire rich-kid/poor-kid thing between Zach and Natalie, which never really resonates other than as a reason to explain why these two nice young kids haven't got together yet.

~The bathroom scene. The fact that the Soultaker takes a female form to spy on the scantily-clad Natalie isn't so awful. The fact that the female form is that of Natalie's mother throws a very disturbing incestuous angle on the whole proceedings that it's just best to avoid examining it altogether.

Another time, another place, "Soultaker" could have been an excellent film. Sadly, that's not here and now.

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