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My Soul To Take
Directed by Wes Craven
Produced by Iya Labunka
Anthony Katagas
Written by Wes Craven
Starring Max Thieriot
Nick Lashaway
Zena Grey
Denzel Whitaker
Trevor St. John
Shareeka Epps
Music by Marco Beltrami[1]
Studio Universal Studios
Distributed by Rogue Pictures
Release date(s) 2010
Country United States
Language English

My Soul To Take is an upcoming 2010 American horror film written and directed by Wes Craven.[2] The film is the first film since Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) that he will both write and direct.



As legend has it, a serial killer will return to the quaint town of Riverton[3] to murder the seven children that were born the night he allegedly died. Sixteen years after his death, members of the community begin to disappear. The plot focuses around the idea of his death being true, him still being at large or him possessing one of seven to complete the murders.[2]


Production of the film began in April 2008[4] aiming for an October 2009 release,[1] but is expected for a 2010 release.[5] Craven describes the killer in March 2009 as "a figure who lives under the river" eats bark and lives in the woods since his alleged death.[6] The film is produced by Anthony Katagas and Iya Labunka, Craven's wife.[1]


The working title of the film originates from a quote in the film Craven describes being "if you fight the devil 24/7, it’s not enough, you have to fight 25/8".[7] The original title was to be named after main character Bug. Craven states "We were a little concerned about locking ourselves into that title because people were a bit confused about it. [...] But we're fond of 25/8 now. If enough people know what it's about, what the title means. 24/7 isn't enough, 25/8, its as simple as that."[8] On October 19, 2009, Craven announced on Twitter that the film would be renamed My Soul To Take.[9]


Henry Lee Hopper (son of actor Dennis Hopper) was originally cast in the lead role, but was replaced by Max Thieriot after Hopper contracted mononucleosis.[10] Adam is unaware that his father is the killer.[11] Accompanying Thieriot is John Magaro as Alex Dunkelman, Adam's friend who is abused regularly by his stepfather, Quint (Lou Sumrall).[11] Paulina Olszynski plays Brittany Cunningham, who shares a mutual secret attraction to Adam.[11] Nick Lashaway plays Brandon O'Neal, a "dashing, athletic jock" and "the handsomest boy in his school" who is attracted to Brittany.[11] Emily Meade plays Leah ("Fang").[11] Zena Grey, Denzel Whitaker, Trevor St. John, Raúl Esparza and Shareeka Epps will also star.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Topel, Fred (March 3, 2009). "Wes Craven's working 24/7 to finish 25/8". SciFi Wire. Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "25/8". y Disgusting. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Behind-the-Scenes Look at Craven's '25/8'". y Disgusting. August 5, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Craven to direct '25/8' for Rogue". Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  5. ^ "My Soul to Take". Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  6. ^ Rotten, Ryan. "Craven Details the Villain of 25/8". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved September 28, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Craven explains 25/8 title". April 23, 2009. Retrieved September 28, 2009. 
  8. ^ Rotten, Ryan (March 3, 2009). "Craven: 25/8 Title Here to Stay". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Wes Craven's 25/8 Gets a Title Change". Shock Till You Drop. October 19, 2009. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  10. ^ -, Nix (April 17, 2008). "Wes Craven Replaces 25/8 Lead". Beyond Hollywood. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Casting Breakdown for Wes Craven's 25/8". Shock Till You Drop. February 21, 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2009. 
  12. ^ "My Soul to Take". Retrieved November 22, 2009. 

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