My Soul To Take
Just got back from an advance screening of Wes Craven’s new flick. Going in, I was hoping we’d get Nightmare Craven instead of Deadly Friend Craven. What I got was…Bizzaro Craven.
MSTT centers on a boy named “Bug” and 6 other teens that were all born prematurely on the same day. It’s also the day that a serial killer was offed. And then came back. And then offed. And then came back…What the hell are you trying to do, here, Mr. Craven?…And then disappeared into the woods.
Now, 16 years later all the kids in this small town gather at the site where the “Ripper” was last seen to perform a ritual. They build a large Ripper puppet (the only creepy aspect of the film) and one of the teens has to send it back to the river. I’ve never seen teenagers this organized over something so stupid as fighting a puppet. This year, though, the police interrupt the ceremony before Bug (who is scared out of his wits by a large puppet) can send him back.
I bring up that Bug was scared because it is forced in our face by having him say it out loud, after they run from the police. He claims he was up all night because of this. He also states that because he didn’t finish the ritual that the Ripper is going to kill them. The kid is SIXTEEN YEARS OLD.
Soon, the seven teens are killed by what appears to be the Ripper, one by one. Did the Ripper survive 16 more years and bide his time before coming to get the children? Or is it one of the seven premies? You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.
I wouldn’t recommend that, though. MSTT is full of insurmountable problems. And the post-converted 3-D isn’t even one of them. The story never fully develops any of its ideas. Was the Ripper simply a schizophrenic (which is not even correct. He had multiple personality disorder.) or was he possessed by 7 spirits? I don’t even think the movie knows the answer to that question. But that’s just one problem.
An even bigger issue is that all of the characters seem to come from another planet. No one acts like a normal human being. Not even the adults. Everyone spouts confusing sentences at each other and do the most bizarre things. This town has a 12-step program with 16 year old kids in it? Why was the kid in that program? It’s never explained because that line was only thrown in so we know he couldn’t have been drunk and fell off a bridge. Really? I guess once you’re in a 12-step program you never relapse.
And none of the characters are developed at all. I nearly forgot that Bug even had a sister until she popped up at the end to provide more exposition and move the story closer to its’ conclusion. My god, Wes, what has happened to you?
This movie feels like it was supposed to be the new Scream. I hate to say it, as I did not like the Scream series, but Craven just proved that the only reason those movies worked was because of Kevin Williamson’s writing ability. The audience was laughing at lines and actions performed throughout the running time. Not what you should be hearing at a straight-up horror flick.
It feels like this was written and directed by an amateur. The editing is choppy and the film is confusingly put together. The only thing that actually works is the PC-3-D. Yes, I said it. The 3-D is very well done, but it’s used in a film that doesn’t benefit from the extra dimension. There was no reason to apply the gimmick to this film, other than to get a few more dollars from the poor fools that will have to pay for this thing.
BTW, you know that shot in the trailer of the hand coming out of the wall like a Frightener? It is not in the movie. Don’t let the marketing fool you. No matter how many visions Bug has (that are never explained or explored) this movie is strictly a slasher/mystery. And a bad one, at that. To make matters worse, the bloodshed is minimal. I have no idea why this received an R rating.
Wow. I know I didn’t pay but I feel like I’m owed something back for having sat through this.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Nix says: A failure of epic proportions. Everything that could be done wrong (except the 3-D) is, in fact, done wrong.