*Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes, Scream series) brings audiences closer to terror in Rogue’s 3-D My Soul to Take. In the sleepy town of Riverton, Massachusetts, legend tells of the Riverton Ripper, a serial killer with multiple personalities who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the very night he died.
Why? Legend has it that this man had seven personalities…and only one was a killer. The others cried out for help, and in the melee that followed his last series of attacks, the police shot the killer. All seven personalities supposedly died on the spot. But now, the Ripper personality wants his revenge.
“Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.”
-18th Century Children’s Prayer
It was just a ghost story to amuse the town’s kids…until, on the sixteenth birthday of the Riverton Seven, an unknown assailant begins to murder them, one by one.
Has the psychopath been reincarnated as one of the Riverton Seven, or did he survive the night he was plunged into the town’s river after a fiery ambulance crash? His body was never found, so the town’s police believe that’s the logical explanation.
But is it the right one? It’s up to one boy to find the answer…before he and the rest of the Riverton Seven are dead.
“Marking his first original full-length screenplay since 1994’s New Nightmare, the suspense thriller showcases Craven’s uncanny ability to terrify with twisted stories that still hit close to home. In My Soul to Take, he introduces us to a signature villain as fearsome as Freddy Krueger or Scream’s Ghostface. The master of horror reminds us that the most frightening monsters among us are human…and sometimes have a face as familiar as our own.
The Great Debater’s DENZEL WHITAKER, who plays Jerome King, another one of the Riverton Seven, admits he was initially apprehensive about portraying a blind character. He says, however, that he quickly got over his fears:
“When I heard it was Wes Craven, I thought, ‘I’m going to work with a horror legend! This is the man who made Freddy!’ I wanted the chance to be a part of another Craven classic. He’s the originator of horror films that haven’t been done before.”
DENZEL WHITAKER (Jerome) first grabbed the spotlight more than seven years ago when he started booking commercials. He went on to land a small role in Training Day, a movie that brought him face-to-face with his namesake, Denzel Washington. For his role in the film, Washington went on to win the Academy Award® for Best Actor.
In 2007, Whitaker went on to work with Washington in The Great Debaters. The talented teenager has since appeared on UPN’s One on One and played recurring roles in Nickelodeon’s All That and FOX’s The War at Home. His other television credits include numerous appearances on such hit shows as ER, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
He was also cast as a series regular on the ABC pilot House Rules. This past year, Whitaker was cast in Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior, which is set for release in 2011. Whitaker currently appears as a recurring character on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters and is developing several projects of his own.
A native of California, Whitaker enjoys writing screenplays, playing basketball and golf, hip-hop dancing, digital animation and independent filmmaking. Taking notes from the teachings of his mentors Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker (unrelated namesakes), he aspires to be an actor and a director who will simply entertain.
Rogue presents, in association with Relativity Media, a Corvus Corax production of a Wes Craven film: My Soul to Take, starring Max Thieriot, Denzel Whitaker, Raúl Esparza, Shareeka Epps. The film’s casting is by Avy Kaufman, CSA, and the costume designers are Kurt and Bart. My Soul to Take’s music supervisor is Ed Gerrard, and the music is by Marco Beltrami. The suspense thriller’s editor is Peter McNulty, and its production designer is Adam Stockhausen. The director of photography is Petra Korner, and the executive producers are Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley and Andrew Rona. My Soul to Take’s producers are Wes Craven, Iya Labunka and Anthony Katagas. The film is written and directed by Wes Craven. © 2010 Universal Studios.
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