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Terrence and Corey are thieves commissioned to steal a rock that allows the owner to corrupt souls. Or something like that; it really doesn't matter. The fun is in watching them doggedly forge ahead through supernatural obstacles to complete the job. There are great throwaway lines, so you really need to pay attention. And there are also some fun visuals; I don't want to spoil anything, but the scene involving the Civil War almost made me split a seam.
The relationship between the two leads was actually kind of touching...whatever sins these two may commit, they are unflaggingly loyal to each other.
My only complaint is that I found it nearly impossible to understand Brad Dourif. He was using a French accent I could barely penetrate. But it's always fun to see him in a movie.
If you are looking for lots of scares, gore, or a story that makes complete sense, this may not be the flick for you. But if you'd like to have a little supernaturally-tinged fun, you should check this one out.
The two leads, who remind me of a young John Ritter and a young Patrick Swayze, are likeable. They master that difficult trick of showing spiritual development whilst being funny. Their confessions are delightful: "I once owned a copy of Judas Priest's Unleashed in the East".
There'a great cast of support players including Brad Dourif, Robert Davi and Karen Black.
The direction is very smart, with plenty of good tricks. I liked the snaring of the heroes in their first assault on Simon Magus's mansion.
Simon Magus! That's a nice piece of Christian lore to firm up the story's background.
The plotting is neat with some of the less understandable interludes made clear at the film's resolution which had a surprisingly wistful quality.
After 20 minutes we agreed on switching to another movie, I wouldn't even bother skipping to the end or next chapters. Seeing it was from 2001 surprised me more than anything else in the movie, the story and lines could've come from way back like the 1980's. Simply a no go, ignore the ratings (4.9 as we speak)
I laughed just the once and that was at a puke joke: I always laugh at puke jokes. If there was any real plot I must have forgotten it.
If you want horror with humour and a whole lot more you're better off watching any episode of Buffy.
3/10 for the visuals and FX.
The plot is about two losers who steal objects for rich people and get paid for doing so. They get hired by Dourif who wants them to steal this medallion that can capture your soul. From there, it gets crazy and all sorts of mayhem comes about.
This is more or less a party movie to watch with friends who can't seem to pay attention to most horror movies. It's fun but you could do a lot better.
It was only later that I found out that this is actually a TV movie, made for the SciFi Channel. Ugh. Figures. This was made to appeal to people who like professional wrestling. If you had an IQ above 80, avoid it.
Everyone involved in this travesty should be beaten and blacklisted.
The set up is, two guys (who aren't exactly on the right side of the law) are tasked to what amounts to in the end as taking down a Christian necromancer... now if that ain't an oxymoron i don't know what is. Basically this ancient dead guy is manipulating souls to forge an army and these two goof balls are all we have to rely on. Classic.
The movie is meant for a good time, and cheap fun, as such, it succeeds phenomenally. It even manages to get slightly existential, and deals with the power of the human soul in a world of fading faith.
But the occasional monster special effects still suck. This is what happens when a good script gets a cheap production.
I heartily recommend it!
I have to say I was very sceptical about this movie because of the many bad feedbacks I've heard and read. But I've learned that this must be a question of taste.
Well, I just loved that movie. If this movie was made for a special target group then I was one target. ;-)
First the special effects. My opinion is that they were brilliant and not overloaded. Too many special effects are not good for a movie, but here it was just perfect. But also the visual effects were great, just remember the scene with that skull that turned out to be the Asian looking woman... *puhh*
Next the actors. I think every actor got the right role and they played it very believable. There are those two guys, Terrence is the clever one and the guy who decides and Corey, well, I'd say he's the biggest unlucky fellow I've ever seen. Both are funny to watch and they're a good team.(hey filmmakers! give Mr. Walls and Mr. Rowland more comedian roles!).
Robert Davi as Mallion was a nice surprise and it fit so well as well as Debbie (oh, sorry, Deborah ;-)) Gibson's short appearance. Brad Dourif was as excellent as ever, too bad he just had such short screentime.
Last the story: I had to watch the movie twice to understand it fully. I've missed too many key-scenes while watching it the first time (that could be because English is not my native language). However, besides the comedian touch the story was interesting as well and it had some surprising turns. The End was very sad (well, besides Corey finding the woman he always searched for). Why do TPTB always kill the cool guys? *sigh*
All in all I'd say it was a great movie that's maybe not everybody's taste, but that's the general problem with genre movies. Show me one genre movie that could reach all target groups and I'm going to marry the producer, 'cause he'd be a millionaire. ;-)
Oh, before I forget, I do have to criticize one thing: The Making of was way too short! I'd have loved to see more.
Overall this is a movie that you should ONLY watch if it airs on cable. Please don't waste your money on this. Still give it a try only if you are hungry for b-movie er...fun.
Plenty of nudity, some sex, and beautiful women help this from being just another pathetic excuse to make money.
Title (Brazil): `O Guardião das Almas' (`The Soulkeeper')
Written, produced & directed Darin Ferriola I assume that Soulkeeper is meant to be some sort of light hearted supernatural comedy, my main problem with it is that it's not funny in the slightest & I personally didn't even crack a smile during this thing let alone actually laugh. The comedy is both slapstick & of the one-liner variety but I just don't find someone asking for a divine sign & then someone else farting straight after funny, many of the one-liners are references to current pop culture (a lame joke about The Backstreet Boys for instance) & will obviously date the film & I suspect many of the one-liners will simply go over people's heads, gay discussion about perfect penises & having sex with a pretty girl who suddenly turns into your mother is not my idea of comedy & it all came across as rather forced & none of it particularly funny. The actual supernatural elements of the plot are a disaster as well, the film limps from one set-up to the next, it introduces various silly character's who disappear as quickly as they are introduced & not that much actually happens except for these two guy's randomly going from one place to another in search of an Ark that becomes a Rock by the end of the film for some reason. I wouldn't actually call Soulkeeper a horror film in any way, sure it has supernatural overtones & a big monster at the end but otherwise there seems to be no effort by the makers to include any horror here at all, all the set-pieces & situations are geared up to (try &) be humorous (which they are not) rather than for scares. Basically I didn't like it & at well over 100 minutes Soulkeeper felt like it went on forever.
The script is a mess, I am not even that sure what the thing is about, there's a pre credits sequence set in 1964, living dead girls, people with glowing eyes, a castle, a monster who is the servant of Satan, a dead body in a grave & a black guy who boasts he has a perfect penis before he is possessed. This is just a mess of ideas all hoping to be humorous which it most definitely isn't. Boring is more like it. Forget about any gore as there isn't any & I mean there like isn't a drop of blood in the entire thing that I can remember. There's a bit of nudity but nothing excessive. The big monster at the end looks pretty good actually & the special effects are cool but it's only on screen for about a minutes & doesn't do anything other than roar a bit.
The production values are decent actually & it's quite well made but the films sucks so it doesn't really matter. There's a cameo from Michael ironside who literally phones in his performance while genre favourites Robert Davi & Brad Douriff are wasted in small roles. Ex-teen pop star Deborah Gibson plays herself.
Soulkeeper is a comedy that commits the ultimate sin of being totally devoid of any humour, add that to the awful plot which is a mess & a zero horror quotient apart from a cool monster at the end & Soulkeeper is definitely not a film I could recommend.