My Soul to Take ★★★½

Craven treats every narrative and formal element here with remarkable plasticity, echoing his prior films’ thematic concerns and funneling them into a beastly state of constant reorientation. i’d assumed that Shocker would be his wildest, most daring and aesthetically sound film but here i am being proven quite wrong. My Soul To Take presents Craven at his most unrestrained, and though it somewhat botches the landing, it nonetheless manages to bewilder from start to finish in the best possible way. i imagine this would be even better upon rewatch, but for now i feel pretty fine saying this is likely the man’s best film. 


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