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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 [[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]].

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!!Tropes used in ''Soultaker'':

* 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 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 constantly needs to be rescued by Zach.
* TheEighties. Depressingly so. (Production ran in the late '80s.)
* EvilWearsBlack: How the Soultaker dresses.
* 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.
* GetOnWithItAlready: "This has action ''and'' nostalgia, because we've seen it before."
* GunsAreWorthless: An attempt to shoot the Soultaker does nothing...but he is later taken down with a golf club. Mocked in the film.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Joe Estevez, younger brother of Creator/MartinSheen 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 ''Film/FutureWar''. More general schlock enthusiasts will know him from the ''Kabuki Kop'' movies, as well as ''Film/ManiacCop'' and ''Pocket Ninjas''.
* 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.
* RedHeadedHero: Natalie.
* ReincarnationRomance: Toyed with. [[spoiler: Natalie apparently resembles the woman that the Soultaker shot in a previous life when her 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.
* StairwayToHeaven: There's apparently an elevator to get there. And a ladder. There is explicitly no stairway though.
* 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.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifter: The Estevez soultaker, who uses this power to take the form of the heroine's mother.

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