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      Dead Souls

      2012 1 hr. 30 min. Horror List
      Reviews 16% 100+ Ratings Audience Score After inheriting his family's farm, a teen (Jesse James) uncovers the horrifying truth about his murderous father. Read More Read Less

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      sean s This movie had a lot of promise: neat, old spooky house, tons of old Catholic imagery everywhere, haunted barn, etc. The acting and photography were very good. The story line seemed alright. The inside of the house was very neat looking, but the movie really fell apart in the last 20 minutes and became a goofy fiasco. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Acting was pretty solid, and the concept was interesting. But it felt like it tried to cram to many horror elements into the film in the second half. It started off as a standard (but promising) haunted house flick and soon veered into teen slasher before adding quasi-zombies into the mix. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Super DOOPER lame!!! Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/19 Full Review Audience Member This film's plot is such a mishmash of ideas and action that it becomes entertaining because you sure can't figure what comes next, and are wondering when a kitchen sink is going to dislodge itself, go flying through the window, circle the house twice before smashing into and destroying the barn, possibly picking up zombie Rin-Tin-Tin (or Rinty, as we knew him in my youth) along the way. This film feels like they asked a writing team to fill out two five by five cards with an idea and then made them all fit in a script. The great puzzler is the"Fifth" which is not a person, but a nail. Sorry, I can't figure how you get to five. Plus, a final fifth flies in the face of centuries of Christian tradition of "The spear" which at least ranks just behind the Holy Grail. Too bad the hero's protective older brother didn't inhabit his new girlfriend's body while she was still living, since death of the host wasn't required in two cases. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Dead Souls is every adopted childs biggest fantasy and worst nightmare roled into one. On his 18th birthday, Johnny Petrie (Jesse James) finds out that he's adopted and there is an inheritance waiting for him. Despite being told not to go back to his home town, Johnny does any way, and learns another secret about his past, one that will put a target on his back. Dead Souls is another film produced for the little known NBC owned cable horror network, Chiller. Because these films are made for TV, they have to be somewhat toned down, something that is always going to hinder a good horror film. For this reason, Chiller films usually come down to two things; the cast and realism. The filmmakers can't use the gore and violence associated with most modern horror films, so it comes right down to how believable or frighting is the story? That brings us to Dead Souls, which has a fairly creepy backstory, that starts out believable, but really stretches near the end. What is enjoyable about this film is that instead of focusing on what it can't do, it works extra hard to be the best at what it can do, meaning get ready to jump, scream, and be on the edge of that seat. As for the cast, Jesse James makes it happen, and no I don't mean that Jesse James. I am referring to the blond haired, blue eyed, twenty-eight year old, who started his career in horror at the age of 9, and like a fine wine, he has only gotten better with age. James has been in some huge Horror films, worked with all the big names, and he was more than over due to star in his own film. Even when this movie starts to fall apart towards the end, Jesse James and his unique style of the cute country boy with the fire inside, is what keeps you watching all the way through to the end. Dead Souls isn't a great film, but it's not a bad one either, and when you compare it to some of the other originals Chiller has put out there, it's a big step in the right direction. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Rarely have I seen a movie as poorly written as this. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed Fails as horror, drama, and supernatural entertainment. Jun 25, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis After inheriting his family's farm, a teen (Jesse James) uncovers the horrifying truth about his murderous father.
      Director
      Colin Theys
      Executive Producer
      Steven Adams, Bonnie Farley-Lucas, Shane O'Brien, Justin Smith, Thomas P. Vitale
      Screenwriter
      John Doolan
      Production Co
      Synthetic Cinema International
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 19, 2016
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