''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 [[TheGrimReaper 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 [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S10E01Soultaker 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/TheSoulTaker with the same name]].

!!This movie provides examples of:

* EightiesHair: And plenty of it.
* AndStarring: Robert Z'Dar as the Angel of Death
* AuthorAppeal[=/=]WriteWhatYouKnow: 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 car doors opening by themselves in a high-speed, head-on collision. In the MST version, Crow quickly and correctly points out that the odds are actually quite good.
* DamselInDistress: Natalie constantly needs to be rescued by Zach.
* {{Determinator}}: The Estevez reaper.
* TheEighties. Depressingly so. (Production ran in the late '80s.) The film shows how the late '80s bled culturally into the early '90s.
* EvilWearsBlack: How the Soultaker dresses. It comes off as Music/JohnnyCash cosplay more than anything.
* {{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: The detectives find the cocaine involved in the crash this way.
* TheGrimReaper: He looks like Robert Z'Dar in a black trenchcoat, and has a large number of subordinate psychopomps beneath him who were all murderers in their human lives.
* GunsAreWorthless: An attempt to shoot the Soultaker does nothing...but he is later taken down with a golf club. Mocked in the [=MST3K=] riff.
* 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 [[UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor the 12th President of the United States]].
* NoNameGiven: The Estevez soultaker. He's simply named "The Man" in the credits.
* NeutralFemale: Natalie
* NounVerber: The Soultakers.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Apparently, they can be stuffed into rings and carried around like Franchise/{{Pokemon}}.
* {{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.
* PunchClockVillain: The soultakers aren't really evil, merely collecting the souls of [[YouCantFightFate those fated to die]]. That said, the Estevez character's obsession with Natalie makes him hard to sympathize with.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The film was inspired by Vivian Schilling surviving a car accident in real life.
* ReincarnationRomance: Toyed with. [[spoiler: Natalie apparently resembles the woman that the Soultaker shot in a previous life when he caught her in the act of infidelity. The movie isn't clear if she ''is'' reincarnated, or if Natalie just looks like her, but regardless, the Soultaker thinks she is.]]
* ShowerScene: With the bonus of a peeping mom.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Mr. Taylor inadvertently [[spoiler: saves Zach (and Natalie) by not signing the form to authorize disconnecting him from life support, keeping Zach's body alive long enough for his soul to rejoin it later]].
* StairwayToHeaven: There's apparently an elevator to get there. And a ladder. There is explicitly no stairway though.
** Zep is never wrong, man!
* StarCrossedLovers: Natalie and Zach. One's from an upper class family, the other's from a lower-middle class family. After Zach saves Natalie's life, though, both families find peace with each other.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* VillainBall: The Estevez reaper catches this when about halfway in the movie he has Zach by the throat and, after being rejected by Natalie, throws him out the window rather than taking his soul like he has to!
* VoluntaryShapeshifter: The Estevez soultaker, who uses this power to take the form of the heroine's mother.