Monday, October 31, 2011

365 Movies Day #190 "Soul Survivors"

Looking back, this was a surprisingly good movie, for what looked like on the surface to be another dumb teenage horror flick. I started thinking about it the other day when my wife and I watched "After.Life". The cast is nothing to sneeze at either and a very early flick for Casey Affleck (Ben's little brother and star of "Assassination of Jesse James" and "Gone Baby Gone").

Like "After.Life", "Soul Survivors" is a creepy tale where you can't tell what exactly is real. Both of the films deal with oddities surrounding death and the preciousness of life. Both have surprisingly good casts and stories and are very disturbing.

The films stars Melissa Sagemiller (recently in the limelight for her role as A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke on "Law and Order: SVU") as a young girl who gets caught up in some supernatural chaos with a group of her closest friends. Affleck, Wes Bentley ("American Beauty") and Eliza Dushku ("Buffy", "Angel" and "Dollhouse") play her friends. Local young priest, Luke Wilson ("IDIOCRACY" attempts to help Melissa's character find her way through all the madness. The film also features lovely blog vet Angela Featherstone from ""BENEATH THE DARK" and "ZERO EFFECT".I really don't get the 3.7 review at imdb. I found it to be a witty and surprisingly solid flick.


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