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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
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Did You Know?

The actor who plays the TV newsman in the movie is John Edd Thompson. Thompson has been a local news personality in Mobile, AL, where the film was shot, since the 1960s and continues to appear on news shows well into the 21st century.See more »
Continuity: Natalie's clothes abruptly appear on her when she runs out of the bathroom after undressing to take a bath.See more »
The Man:You can't kill a man who's already dead.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
What can you expect of a movie..., 29 December 2012
Author: Alucard Venom from Azarath

where the only positive reviews are given by film crew and their family members?

I really didn't mind Soultaker (and yes, I've seen both original version on VHS and MST3k version), but after reading some reviews over here, which are ironically given by director, producer, actors and their family members, I just couldn't resist to do a review here.

On it's own, Soultaker, isn't original story as some other reviewers claim (it's a clear Carnival of Souls rip off, which is, ironically, Twilight Zone episode rip off) but the concept of Grim Ripper going after group of lost souls isn't exactly the theme that happens often in horror industry. Screenplay has some OK moments, but it clearly needed more work and help from more expired writers.

but what crack me up was "review" of director Michael Rissi where he just keep telling how good his movie was and how he manage to find every single excuse why his movie sucks. It's MST3K fault, right? Get serious. I understand that "Soultaker" had very limited budget, but again, budget doesn't have to play all that much. If you don't believe me, here are few examples: Robert Rodriguez with his first movie, and for "true underground", Turkish director Can Evrenol, who made some of the best short horror movies ever for budget no bigger then $2000 combined. You can't blame everyone else for lack of directing skills. Direction wasn't a complete disaster, but none of the camera movement really stood out. It has some OK moments, but nothing special. I am in industry myself (as a screenwriter, in my native language, currently preparing for first directorial debut) and some young directors that worked on my script were brilliant. On top of that, they worked with far less budget then "Soultaker" but manage to film a lot better movie.

But to be honest, Soultaker does have some descent moments that were nicely directed. It's clear that budget (or lack of it) was important factor for this movie. As other guys said, with higher budget, better director and crew and more professional actors, "Soultaker" might have been a bit better and would not end up just as another MST3K fodder.

I might sound a bit harsh, but I was really provoked by level of arrogance from "Soultaker" crew giving those reviews. Isn't that forbidden, btw? As far as I know, directors and producers aren't allowed to write reviews about their own movies. Anyway, Michael Rissi did gain some skills on his next few movies (all of them which are lot better then ST) and hopefully "Soultaker" would become "Alien 3" of David Fincher.

final verdict: "Soultaker" while not something that I would gladly recommend, isn't that bad as IMDb bottom 100 suggest. There are far worse movies out there (try watching MANOS. If you survive, you know you'll survive ANY movie). Sadly, "Soultaker" ended up being a descent concept which had horrible execution.

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