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Soul Survivors (2001)

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A co-ed is caught between the world of the living and the dead.

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Stephen Carpenter (as Steve Carpenter)

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Stephen Carpenter (as Steve Carpenter)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Sagemiller ... Cassie
Wes Bentley ... Matt
Casey Affleck ... Sean
Eliza Dushku ... Annabel
Angela Featherstone ... Raven
Luke Wilson ... Jude
Allen Hamilton ... Dr. Haverston
Ken Moreno ... Hideous Dancer
Carl Paoli ... Deathmask
Barbara E. Robertson ... Margaret (as Barbara Robertson)
Richard Pickren Richard Pickren ... Ben
Candace Kroslak ... Cool Blond (as Candace Kaye Kroslak)
Ryan Kitley ... Young Cop
Rick Snyder Rick Snyder ... Father McManus
Danny Goldberg Danny Goldberg ... Campus Cop
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Storyline

College freshman Cassandra "Cassie" steps into a nightmare of otherworldly visitations after surviving a devastating car accident. Haunted by a grim reaper of a far different kind, her only hope is to cling to chance encounters with her lost love Sean and the aid of a mysterious young priest named Father Jude. It is the spirit of Sean, her soul mate, who guides her to love, but it is her friends Matt, Annabel and Annabel's morose friend Raven who try to draw her to the dark side. Written by Brian Berger

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The World of the Dead and the World of the Living... are About to Collide.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror/violence, sexuality and some substance abuse | See all certifications »

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Trivia

James Marsden turned down the role of Sean in favor of the part of Scott Summers/Cyclops in X-Men (2000). See more »

Goofs

When Cassie visits the goth rave cathedral club for the second time, and has a violent scuffle with Matt in the car, she pushes him out of the car. He conveniently falls far enough away from the vehicle that she can close the very large car door then pull away without running over his body. See more »

Quotes

Raven: Love these unisex Bathrooms.
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Alternate Versions

To attract a teen audience, this movie was edited from an "R" rating. Among the things cut were gore, language and sexuality. See more »

Connections

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Buzzkiller
Written by Jeff Henderson and Gregg Shapiro
Performed by Floodnine
Courtesy of Morling Manor
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Derivative Psychological Thriller Posing as Teen Horror
11 April 2002 | by darkjoshSee all my reviews

Like a relative that gives you a bad gift, Soul Survivors has its heart in the right place but trips up with a bad execution. Stephen Carpenter's writing/directing effort borrows freely from other, better films, such as Jacob's Ladder and Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes). For those who haven't seen either of these films, I won't give the premise away; suffice to say it's not nearly as well handled here than in those two superior films.

Melissa Sagemiller stars as Cassie, about to go away to college. Her current boyfriend Sean (Ben Affleck) and ex-boyfriend Matt (Wes Bentley), both friends, and Annabel (acerbic Eliza Dushku) are in a car accident after being pursued by two killers (?) in transparent masks. She survives the wreck, but while attending college has visions of the hospital ordeal and dead people reappear and disappear, leaving her in a state of total confusion: who is dead? Who's alive? What's real?

Soul Survivors has the look of a bad been-there, done-that, gore-filled, blood-splattered, body-stacking teen exploitation flick. True, it has its share of killer-stalking-the-victim scenes (plentiful, repetitive, and mind-numbing), but at least it attempts to build suspense through ideas rather than cliches, unfortunately rather unsuccessfully. It breeds confusion much more often than cohesion, as the story becomes jumbled, messy and incoherent near key points of the mystery (predictable as it is.)

Horror fans who pick up a copy will have no idea they are in for a film that is more concerned with building an uneasy facade of reality than delivering a body count. Credit goes to Carpenter for attempting to create something beyond a derivative teen horror flick; too bad he's created a derivative psychological thriller. Sagemiller also deserves kudos for showing strength in the central performance, actually developing her character and evoking some sense of emotion as the unraveling Cassie. It's great the filmmakers try something different, but the film ends up a mixed bag and failed experiment.

4 out of 10


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,140,698, 9 September 2001

Gross USA:

$3,111,545

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,299,141
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