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My Soul to Take
Time Out New York Project: Issue #785, October 14-20, 2010
Dir. Wes Craven. 2010. R. 107mins. Max Thieriot, John Magaro, Emily Meade.
Directing his first script since 1994’s New Nightmare, Wes Craven gives us an idiosyncratic serial-killer story that’s more teen-angst drama than sanguine horror show (and unfortunately postconverted to 3-D). Introverted adolescent Bug (Thierot) is one of seven kids born on the night when the Riverton Ripper supposedly died. Now he’s having spooky visions and speaking in voices while his friends are picked off one by one. There are plenty of formulaic boo! moments, yet Craven intelligently treats Bug’s otherworldly issues like hormonal growing pains that must be tamed.—Keith Uhlich
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