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* ''Film.{{Soultaker}}'' is a 1990 horror film best known for its appearance on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
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''Soultaker'' is a 1990 fantasy film starring Vivian Schilling (who wrote the screenplay and co-wrote the original story), Joe Estevez and [[LanternJawOfJustice Robert Z'Dar]]. The story involves a group of teenagers - unaware that they were killed in a car crash (due to the carelessness of their coked up driver/good friend) - on the run from an [[GrimReaper angel of death]]. As they flee from "[[{{Psychopomp}} The Soultaker]]", he begins picking them off one-by-one and becomes infatuated with one of the teenagers, Natalie, who is the spitting image of his lover in a past life. The two remaining teens, Natalie and her ex-boyfriend Zach, attempt to reunite their souls with their hospitalized bodies before their parents decide to pull the plug.

The film has the dubious distinction of being featured on a tenth season episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', featuring the guest returns of TV's Frank and Joel Robinson. However, it also won a Saturn Award in 1992 for Best Genre Video Release. All told, it's not that bad a movie, despite its low budget and obviously dated fashions. Doesn't mean there isn't plenty for Mike and the 'Bots to poke fun at, though.

Completely unrelated to the {{anime}} series [[Anime/SoulTaker with the same name]].

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!!Tropes used in ''Soultaker'':
* AndStarring: Robert Z'Dar as the Angel of Death
* AuthorAppeal: Vivian Schilling was in an auto accident that nearly ended her life and has inspired much of her work. Vivian's book ''Quietus'' has received positive reviews and is about a plane crash survivor who is haunted by angels of death.
** Also, the movie is a LoveTriangle about two men fighting to win the heart of Vivian's character.
* ConvictionByCounterfactualClue: The detective investigating the crash tries to [[Series/{{CSI}} get his Grissom on]] by questioning the odds of a car door opening by itself in a high-speed impact. Crow quickly and correctly points out that the odds are actually quite good.
* {{Determinator}}: The Estevez reaper.
* DistressedDamsel: Natalie
* TheEighties. Depressingly so. (Production ran in the late '80s.)
* FanService: The ''extremely'' lengthy sequence of Natalie taking a bath is clearly only in the film to add this element. Stranger still that the actress actually ''wrote'' this film.
* {{Flashback}}: The Estevez reaper has flashbacks to his previous life and killing his love.
* FingertipDrugAnalysis
* GetOnWithItAlready: "This has action ''and'' nostalgia, because we've seen it before."
* GunsAreWorthless:
-->'''Crow:''' ...So a 7-iron knocks him cold but a gun does ''nothing.''
** Well, the implication was that the Soultaker didn't see Zack coming with the golf club and thus couldn't go intangible, but because he knew Natalie was going to shoot him he could prepare in advance.
*** So why not always go intangible?
* HeyItsThatGuy: Joe Estevez, younger brother of Martin Sheen and star (of about two scenes) of the MST3K-featured film ''Film/{{Werewolf}}''.
** And B-movie veteran Robert Z'Dar, who [=MSTies=] will recognize from ''FutureWar''. More general schlock enthusiasts will know him from the ''Kabuki Kop'' movies, which I assure you are real.
*** You may also know Z'Dar as The ManiacCop.
* IdenticalStranger: Natalie happens to look ''exactly'' like the Estevez reaper's wife.
* InformedAttractiveness: Natalie. She's so pretty!
* InvisibleToNormals: The disembodied souls, who are otherwise able to interact normally with physical objects.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Zach Taylor shares a name with the 12th President of the United States
* NoNameGiven: The Estevez soultaker.
* NeutralFemale: Natalie
* NounVerber: The Soultakers.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Apparently, they can be stuffed into rings and carried around like {{Pokemon}}.
-->'''Servo:''' So your soul is subject to gravity? I have so many questions! Can souls get toe fungus? Can I still have butter if I'm a soul? Okay, can souls pit out their T-shirts? Does Retsyn work on souls? Help me!
* {{Psychopomp}}: When you kill somebody in life, this becomes your job in the afterlife. This is probably the only halfway cool idea in the movie.
* RedHeadedHero
* ReincarnationRomance
* SelfInsertFic
* ShowerScene: With the bonus of a peeping mom.
* StairwayToHeaven: There is none, apparently.
** It's more like an elevator connected to a hallway to Heaven.
** "Zeppelin was wrong, man!"
** There is, however, a ladder.
** And shut up, man! Zep is never wrong!
* TheStoner: Brad claims he gave up coke, but got a snootful before driving the car which led to the crash.
* TeleportSpam: The Estevez reaper likes to teleport while walking. In a straight line. Achieving the same ''exact'' pace he would if he didn't bother.
-->'''Crow (Reacting to a crotch shot caused by this):''' "Wh-wha-WHOA! That took my soul, right there."
* TimedMission: The Estevez reaper needs to take all the characters' souls to the afterlife within a certain amount of time, because...uh...hm...W-well, when he fails, it looks like he loses his authority to take them away due to the cosmic balance or...something?
** The main characters discover that Natalie's body is scheduled to be taken off life support at midnight, and have to resurrect themselves before then. [[spoiler:They don't actually make it in time, but it doesn't seem to matter, even though the camera keeps focusing on a clock for minutes afterwards.]]
* ViewersAreGoldfish: So very, ''very,'' '''very''' much.
* VoluntaryShapeshifter: The Estevez soultaker, who uses this power to take the form of the heroine's mother.

!!The ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' presentation has examples of:

* ActorAllusion: The riffers recognize Joe Estevez from ''Film/{{Werewolf}}'', but it only gets referenced in a few jokes. "Yetiglanchi!"
* BadassBeard: Joel has grown a snazzy little goatee since returning to Earth.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The bots' "alternate ending."
* FandomNod: After hearing about how well Joel's life has gone since he escaped, Mike gets upset and starts asking questions like "What's he have that I don't?" The 'Bots advise Mike not to compare the two, saying it isn't healthy, in a nod to the massive Joel vs. Mike FanDumb that dominated online discussions of the series in the Internet's infancy.
* HappilyEverAfter: Deconstructed to a ludicrous extent by Servo and Crow during the credits.
-->'''Mike:''' So, thereís no middle ground with you? Itís either straining grain alcohol through toast in back alleys or a happy little world of rodents in feety pajamas?
* JohnnyCash: Referenced quite a bit, due to the Soultaker's outfit.
* MissingTheGoodStuff: Crow gets something in his eye and misses the footage of the heroine taking off her clothes. Mike and Tom intentionally invoke this trope by claiming that what happened was a lot hotter than what was actually depicted on-screen.
* MundaneAfterlife: According to the riffers, Heaven is the boiler room of a hospital.
* MythologyGag
* NunsAreFunny
* TheOtherDarrin: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Joel reacts to Crow's new voice, then approves, stating that proper maintenance means "changing your bowling pin" every so often.
* RunningGag: Rocking, as it relates to Zach's friend Brad.
** Mike and the 'bots get a lot of mileage out of Vivian Schilling's resemblance to Tonya Harding.
* ShoutOut: Joel mentions that he'd spent a couple years doing pyrotechnics for the band Man or Astro-man?, which did its own ShoutOut by performing their own rendition of MST3K's closing "Love Theme" for their 1994 album.
** As Joe Estevez tries to convince Natalie to come with him, Crow asks, "Aren't you due on the set of ''[[{{Film/Werewolf}} Werewolf]]''?"
* SpecialGuest[=/=]TheBusCameBack: Joel Robinson and TV's Frank make guest appearances; TV's Frank is stuck with being a Soultaker, while Joel returns to fix various problems aboard the Satellite of Love.
* TookALevelInBadass: Joel - once a humble janitor, now [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotAwesome manager of his own Hot Fish Shop! In]] '''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotAwesome Osseo!]]'''
** Made funnier if one knew that the Hot Fish Shop franchise had closed long before the episode aired.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Gypsy, being hooked up to the malfunctioning satellite, rapidly develops something of an attitude problem.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: As great as it is to see Joel back on the SOL, not having him join Mike and the 'Bots in the theater for some riffing is a major blown opportunity. Joel explained that he wasn't able to help write any of the riffing, and didn't want to do any scenes that were completely scripted for him.
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Mike claims to have fixed the ship, and asks the question. "How about '''everything??'''"
* WhoWritesThisCrap: Inverted by Mike as Zach, to a confused Natalie: "Hey look, you wrote this crap.")

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''Soultaker'' is a 1990 fantasy film starring Vivian Schilling (who wrote the screenplay and co-wrote the original story), Joe Estevez and [[LanternJawOfJustice Robert Z'Dar]]. The story involves a group of teenagers - unaware that they were killed in a car crash (due to the carelessness of their coked up driver/good friend) - on the run from an [[GrimReaper angel of death]]. As they flee from "[[{{Psychopomp}} The Soultaker]]", he begins picking them off one-by-one and becomes infatuated with one of the teenagers, Natalie, who is the spitting image of his lover in a past life. The two remaining teens, Natalie and her ex-boyfriend Zach, attempt to reunite their souls with their hospitalized bodies before their parents decide to pull the plug.

The film has the dubious distinction of being featured on a tenth season episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', featuring the guest returns of TV's Frank and Joel Robinson. However, it also won a Saturn Award in 1992 for Best Genre Video Release. All told, it's not that bad a movie, despite its low budget and obviously dated fashions. Doesn't mean there isn't plenty for Mike and the 'Bots to poke fun at, though.

Completely unrelated to the {{anime}} series [[Anime/SoulTaker with the same name]].

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!!Tropes used in ''Soultaker'':
* AndStarring: Robert Z'Dar as the Angel of Death
* AuthorAppeal: Vivian Schilling was in an auto accident that nearly ended her life and has inspired much of her work. Vivian's book ''Quietus'' has received positive reviews and is about a plane crash survivor who is haunted by angels of death.
** Also, the movie is a LoveTriangle about two men fighting to win the heart of Vivian's character.
* ConvictionByCounterfactualClue: The detective investigating the crash tries to [[Series/{{CSI}} get his Grissom on]] by questioning the odds of a car door opening by itself in a high-speed impact. Crow quickly and correctly points out that the odds are actually quite good.
* {{Determinator}}: The Estevez reaper.
* DistressedDamsel: Natalie
* TheEighties. Depressingly so. (Production ran in the late '80s.)
* FanService: The ''extremely'' lengthy sequence of Natalie taking a bath is clearly only in the film to add this element. Stranger still that the actress actually ''wrote'' this film.
* {{Flashback}}: The Estevez reaper has flashbacks to his previous life and killing his love.
* FingertipDrugAnalysis
* GetOnWithItAlready: "This has action ''and'' nostalgia, because we've seen it before."
* GunsAreWorthless:
-->'''Crow:''' ...So a 7-iron knocks him cold but a gun does ''nothing.''
** Well, the implication was that the Soultaker didn't see Zack coming with the golf club and thus couldn't go intangible, but because he knew Natalie was going to shoot him he could prepare in advance.
*** So why not always go intangible?
* HeyItsThatGuy: Joe Estevez, younger brother of Martin Sheen and star (of about two scenes) of the MST3K-featured film ''Film/{{Werewolf}}''.
** And B-movie veteran Robert Z'Dar, who [=MSTies=] will recognize from ''FutureWar''. More general schlock enthusiasts will know him from the ''Kabuki Kop'' movies, which I assure you are real.
*** You may also know Z'Dar as The ManiacCop.
* IdenticalStranger: Natalie happens to look ''exactly'' like the Estevez reaper's wife.
* InformedAttractiveness: Natalie. She's so pretty!
* InvisibleToNormals: The disembodied souls, who are otherwise able to interact normally with physical objects.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Zach Taylor shares a name with the 12th President of the United States
* NoNameGiven: The Estevez soultaker.
* NeutralFemale: Natalie
* NounVerber: The Soultakers.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Apparently, they can be stuffed into rings and carried around like {{Pokemon}}.
-->'''Servo:''' So your soul is subject to gravity? I have so many questions! Can souls get toe fungus? Can I still have butter if I'm a soul? Okay, can souls pit out their T-shirts? Does Retsyn work on souls? Help me!
* {{Psychopomp}}: When you kill somebody in life, this becomes your job in the afterlife. This is probably the only halfway cool idea in the movie.
* RedHeadedHero
* ReincarnationRomance
* SelfInsertFic
* ShowerScene: With the bonus of a peeping mom.
* StairwayToHeaven: There is none, apparently.
** It's more like an elevator connected to a hallway to Heaven.
** "Zeppelin was wrong, man!"
** There is, however, a ladder.
** And shut up, man! Zep is never wrong!
* TheStoner: Brad claims he gave up coke, but got a snootful before driving the car which led to the crash.
* TeleportSpam: The Estevez reaper likes to teleport while walking. In a straight line. Achieving the same ''exact'' pace he would if he didn't bother.
-->'''Crow (Reacting to a crotch shot caused by this):''' "Wh-wha-WHOA! That took my soul, right there."
* TimedMission: The Estevez reaper needs to take all the characters' souls to the afterlife within a certain amount of time, because...uh...hm...W-well, when he fails, it looks like he loses his authority to take them away due to the cosmic balance or...something?
** The main characters discover that Natalie's body is scheduled to be taken off life support at midnight, and have to resurrect themselves before then. [[spoiler:They don't actually make it in time, but it doesn't seem to matter, even though the camera keeps focusing on a clock for minutes afterwards.]]
* ViewersAreGoldfish: So very, ''very,'' '''very''' much.
* VoluntaryShapeshifter: The Estevez soultaker, who uses this power to take the form of the heroine's mother.

!!The ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' presentation has examples of:

* ActorAllusion: The riffers recognize Joe Estevez from ''Film/{{Werewolf}}'', but it only gets referenced in a few jokes. "Yetiglanchi!"
* BadassBeard: Joel has grown a snazzy little goatee since returning to Earth.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The bots' "alternate ending."
* FandomNod: After hearing about how well Joel's life has gone since he escaped, Mike gets upset and starts asking questions like "What's he have that I don't?" The 'Bots advise Mike not to compare the two, saying it isn't healthy, in a nod to the massive Joel vs. Mike FanDumb that dominated online discussions of the series in the Internet's infancy.
* HappilyEverAfter: Deconstructed to a ludicrous extent by Servo and Crow during the credits.
-->'''Mike:''' So, thereís no middle ground with you? Itís either straining grain alcohol through toast in back alleys or a happy little world of rodents in feety pajamas?
* JohnnyCash: Referenced quite a bit, due to the Soultaker's outfit.
* MissingTheGoodStuff: Crow gets something in his eye and misses the footage of the heroine taking off her clothes. Mike and Tom intentionally invoke this trope by claiming that what happened was a lot hotter than what was actually depicted on-screen.
* MundaneAfterlife: According to the riffers, Heaven is the boiler room of a hospital.
* MythologyGag
* NunsAreFunny
* TheOtherDarrin: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Joel reacts to Crow's new voice, then approves, stating that proper maintenance means "changing your bowling pin" every so often.
* RunningGag: Rocking, as it relates to Zach's friend Brad.
** Mike and the 'bots get a lot of mileage out of Vivian Schilling's resemblance to Tonya Harding.
* ShoutOut: Joel mentions that he'd spent a couple years doing pyrotechnics for the band Man or Astro-man?, which did its own ShoutOut by performing their own rendition of MST3K's closing "Love Theme" for their 1994 album.
** As Joe Estevez tries to convince Natalie to come with him, Crow asks, "Aren't you due on the set of ''[[{{Film/Werewolf}} Werewolf]]''?"
* SpecialGuest[=/=]TheBusCameBack: Joel Robinson and TV's Frank make guest appearances; TV's Frank is stuck with being a Soultaker, while Joel returns to fix various problems aboard the Satellite of Love.
* TookALevelInBadass: Joel - once a humble janitor, now [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotAwesome manager of his own Hot Fish Shop! In]] '''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotAwesome Osseo!]]'''
** Made funnier if one knew that the Hot Fish Shop franchise had closed long before the episode aired.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Gypsy, being hooked up to the malfunctioning satellite, rapidly develops something of an attitude problem.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: As great as it is to see Joel back on the SOL, not having him join Mike and the 'Bots in the theater for some riffing is a major blown opportunity. Joel explained that he wasn't able to help write any of the riffing, and didn't want to do any scenes that were completely scripted for him.
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Mike claims to have fixed the ship, and asks the question. "How about '''everything??'''"
* WhoWritesThisCrap: Inverted by Mike as Zach, to a confused Natalie: "Hey look, you wrote this crap.")
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* MissingTheGoodStuff: Crow gets something in his eye and misses the footage of the heroine taking off her clothes. Mike and Tom intentionally invoke this trope by claiming that what happened was a lot hotter than [[FetishRetardant what was actually depicted on-screen]].

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* MissingTheGoodStuff: Crow gets something in his eye and misses the footage of the heroine taking off her clothes. Mike and Tom intentionally invoke this trope by claiming that what happened was a lot hotter than [[FetishRetardant what was actually depicted on-screen]].on-screen.



* TheOtherDarrin: {{Lampshaded}} when Joel reacts to Crow's new voice, then approves, stating that proper maintenance means "changing your bowling pin" every so often. Considering Joel performed the same sort of maintenance on Servo, it achieves a sort of FridgeBrilliance.

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* TheOtherDarrin: {{Lampshaded}} [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Joel reacts to Crow's new voice, then approves, stating that proper maintenance means "changing your bowling pin" every so often. Considering Joel performed the same sort of maintenance on Servo, it achieves a sort of FridgeBrilliance.often.
29th Mar '12 1:36:35 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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The film has the dubious distinction of being featured on a tenth season episode of ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'', featuring the guest returns of TV's Frank and Joel Robinson. However, it also won a Saturn Award in 1992 for Best Genre Video Release. All told, it's not that bad a movie, despite its low budget and obviously dated fashions. Doesn't mean there isn't plenty for Mike and the 'Bots to poke fun at, though.

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The film has the dubious distinction of being featured on a tenth season episode of ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'', ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', featuring the guest returns of TV's Frank and Joel Robinson. However, it also won a Saturn Award in 1992 for Best Genre Video Release. All told, it's not that bad a movie, despite its low budget and obviously dated fashions. Doesn't mean there isn't plenty for Mike and the 'Bots to poke fun at, though.



* ConvictionByCounterfactualClue: The detective investigating the crash tries to [[CSICrimeSceneInvestigation get his Grissom on]] by questioning the odds of a car door opening by itself in a high-speed impact. Crow quickly and correctly points out that the odds are actually quite good.

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* ConvictionByCounterfactualClue: The detective investigating the crash tries to [[CSICrimeSceneInvestigation [[Series/{{CSI}} get his Grissom on]] by questioning the odds of a car door opening by itself in a high-speed impact. Crow quickly and correctly points out that the odds are actually quite good.



* FridgeLogic: The Soultaker is ImmuneToBullets...even though he can ''be visibly injured.''
** Maybe he can only cause the bullets to go through him when he can see it coming?



* [=~Hey, It's That Guy!~=]: Joe Estevez, younger brother of Martin Sheen and star (of about two scenes) of the MST3K-featured film ''Film/{{Werewolf}}''.

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* [=~Hey, It's That Guy!~=]: HeyItsThatGuy: Joe Estevez, younger brother of Martin Sheen and star (of about two scenes) of the MST3K-featured film ''Film/{{Werewolf}}''.



* [[LesYay Les NAY]]: "Is there a name for Mom's little sickness?" "Yeah, Lilith Faire-ism."



* {{Narm}}: Done by a camera shot, interestingly. In the scene where Natalie is trapped in the elevator with the Estevez soultaker, the camera slowly rotates whenever she is on-screen. At first the viewer might think they're trying for a DutchAngle effect, but it keeps turning and turning until eventually she's completely upside-down. It just ends up looking silly.



* FridgeHorror: If we follow the movie's rules, then the fact that Frank is now a soultaker means he killed someone at some point during his life...
** According to him, he just annoyed everyone until they put him into a job where he worked alone a lot. That said, he did describe himself as evil on several occasions.
** Frank has accidentally killed ''himself'' many times over. That fits the bare minimum of the logic required for this movie.
** There's also the debate on YouTube about Frank saying he needs Joel's soul. Did Joel die during re-entry?



* SpecialGuest / TheBusCameBack: Joel Robinson and TV's Frank make guest appearances; TV's Frank is stuck with being a Soultaker, while Joel returns to fix various problems aboard the Satellite of Love.

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* SpecialGuest / TheBusCameBack: SpecialGuest[=/=]TheBusCameBack: Joel Robinson and TV's Frank make guest appearances; TV's Frank is stuck with being a Soultaker, while Joel returns to fix various problems aboard the Satellite of Love.
25th Feb '12 5:40:45 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* FingertipDrugAnalysis
17th Feb '12 3:10:31 PM LouieW
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* CelebrityResemblance: Joe Estevez does look like a bit like his more famous nephew, Emilo.
** He also looks and sounds ''exactly'' like his brother: Martin Sheen.
24th Dec '11 2:37:58 PM twingle93
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** Maybe he can only cause the bullets to go through him when he can see it coming?
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