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Soultaker (1990)

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!

Director:

Michael Rissi

Writers:

Vivian Schilling (story), Eric Parkinson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jean Reiner ... Anna McMillan / Natalie's mother
Chuck Williams ... Tommy Marcetto
David Fawcett David Fawcett ... Grant McMillan / Mayor
Gary Kohler ... Sgt. Haggerty
Dave Scott Dave Scott ... Officer Mel
Peter Dach ... Store Clerk
Cinda Lou Freeman Cinda Lou Freeman ... Candice
Meschelle Manley Meschelle Manley ... Karen
Charles Bosworth Charles Bosworth ... Mr. Taylor
Jeff Deen Jeff Deen ... Dr. Richard Reiner
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Storyline

Mysterious unseen men in black (angels?) collect the souls of the recently dead. When four teenagers "die" in a car wreck, one of these beings ("The Man") is sent to retrieve their souls. However, the teens are disembodied and realize their predicament. They flee. The movie revolves around them being picked off one by one, The Man's infatuation with one of the teenagers (who was apparently his lover in a past life), and the efforts of the teens to reunite their souls with their hospitalized bodies. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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There is no Stairway to Heaven. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some drug content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The TV news reporter in the movie is John Edd Thompson. He has been a local news personality in Mobile, AL, where the film was shot, since the 1960s. See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning, when Brad pulls up beside one of Natalie's friend's, you can see a finger on the passenger seat just above her shoulder, obviously prompting her to look at Brad. See more »

Quotes

Angel of Death: You must restore the balance or pay the penalty.
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Soundtracks

What a Lovely Way to Go
By Karen Lawrence and Fred Hostetler
Performed by Karen Lawrence
Copyright 1986 Girls Night Out Music, BMI/Hostel Music, ASCAP
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True story:
2 March 2002 | by divaclvSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1993 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Kiss of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Mobile, Alabama, USA

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Budget:

$242,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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