Soul Survivors Review

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After a car crash, student Cassie is comforted by fellow-survivors Matt and Annabel, and haunted by her dead boyfriend.

★★★★★

After a car crash, student Cassie (Sagemiller) is comforted by fellow-survivors Matt (Bentley) and Annabel (Dushku), and haunted by her dead boyfriend (Affleck).

In over-familiar Jacob’s Ladder/Final Destination style, the characters are obviously trapped between life and death, with a tabloid vision of Hell as a Gothic rave and a hunky priest (Luke Wilson) representing the angels.

It’s the usual teen terror stuff, with a few upwardly-mobile supporting cast members marking time before they get proper scripts.

Director Carpenter gave you Pranks and The Kindred back in the 1980s, and he’s still pushing all the masked-pursuer and tilted-angle buttons, as the distressed Sagemiller bleeds all over her exam paper when the questions get personal or is attacked by a dead soul at swimming practice. We’ve been here before, and we’ll be here again.