Soul Survivors: Chuck Hodes
September 13, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Soul Survivors

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/07/01
performer
Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Melissa Sagemiller, Eliza Dushku, Angela Featherstone, Luke Wilson
director
Stephen Carpenter
distributor
Artisan Entertainment
author
Stephen Carpenter
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Horror
We gave it a C

What hath Joe Lieberman wrought? Apparently frightened by the senator’s no-marketing-R-rated-movies-to-minors proposal, the studio reedited the long-delayed Soul Survivors to qualify for a PG-13, thus creating a cinematic oxymoron: the tasteful teensploitation pic. In the goriest scene, our heroine — a college freshman (Melissa Sagemiller) haunted by visions of her dead boyfriend (Casey Affleck, who could prove to be a 21st-century Joey Travolta) — gets a nosebleed! And in the sexiest scene, she showers with a sapphic pal (”Buffy” and ”Jay and Silent Bob” vet Eliza Dushku, again cast as a black-clad bad girl) — fully clothed! C’mon, even Janet Leigh got naked in Psycho, and that was more than 40 years ago. The only possible reason to see this otherwise average afternoon waster is Sagemiller. She’s got a Frances McDormand-like overbite and dimpled chin and shows flashes of a similarly soulful talent.

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