14 December 2000 | Phantom1
Joe Estevez in a performance you'll never forget!
Now that I have your attention...
I've seen both the uncut and MST versions of this film (which, incidentally, aired on SCI FI channel within a year of each other) so I feel I'm in a position to give a fair and balanced review of this little movie.
Is it as bad as everyone says it is? No, but many of the performances are of the ilk that invite rude comments from viewers at home and in movie theaters. To a certain degree, SOULTAKER deserves the amount of abuse it's been getting (write your own movie as a vehicle to star in and you've set yourself and your creation up as targets for negative attacks -- just ask Kevin Costner).
I think it's an overstatement to say that this film spawned a series of imitators or that it was the first of its kind (it's been done on THE OUTER LIMITS and THE TWILIGHT ZONE) but it was among the first of a series of films in the 1990's with a similar theme.
There are worst ways to spend your time (like sitting through HUDSON HAWK) so why not check it out? And that Vivian Schilling is a cutie...