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4 Dead Girls: The Soul Taker

4 Dead Girls: The Soul Taker

Movie
Genre: 
On DVD: 
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Grade:
B-
Running Time: 
95 Minutes
Did You Know?

The films UK title is The Taken and the films original title was The Rental. 

4 Dead Girls: The Soul Taker is the tale of four girls who find their first off campus living quarters who find out that their landlord is a Shadow Being aka Soul Eater. The Soul Eater thrives by eating the souls of evil women. Things aren’t looking good for the majority of the house. 
 
The ladies of the house include Bianca (Tiffany S. Walker; The Truth About Angels), the roommate that uses sex to get whatever she wants from whoever will get it for her. Pam (Leah Verrill; The Package) and Lori (Ashley Love; Resistance) are a couple. Lori is also Lily’s sister. Lily (Katherine Browning; Napoleon Bon Appétit) is the virgin of the house.
 
The girls landlord, Devlin Chito, is played by story originator and co-director Mike Campbell (Napoleon Bon Appétit). Chito is a creepy dude who has a bizarre whispery unsure voice sort of like a cross between Marty McFly and Noel Fielding’s Richmond. Chito is far from terrifying but you can’t argue with the man’s methods. 
 
4 Dead Girls plays like a low budget horror film that feels bit clunky as it attempts to traverse horror/suspense and comedy. Leah Verrill’s Pam is a straight forward, in your face kind of character that drops one liners in desperate times that are hit or miss. There is also some prop gag comedy that, while we’ve been there before, is more hit then miss thanks to the story set up and Katherine Browning’s portrayal of “the virgin” in the film. 
 
At times the film wants to tackle some political topics, and does in its own way. I give the film and its writers props for both bringing up the issues and offering up a solid statement in the follow through. I know a lot of film makers like to leave this stuff open for the viewers to make up their own minds so this was an unexpected and refreshing turn. 
 
All in all the film was mostly entertaining in that low brow, low budget kind of way. Again, it felt like a lot of this stuff has been seen and done, but the film and cast seem to be able to pull off enough of it that it never becomes drab or boring. Well worth catching on a rainy day.  
AJ Garcia
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