Soultaker is an American fantasy horror film written by Vivian Schilling
and directed by Michael Rissi, released on October 26, 1990. It stars
Joe Estevez in the title role, alongside Schilling, Gregg Thomsen, Chuck
Williams, Robert Z'Dar, and David "Shark" Fralick. The film follows a
group of young adults who try to flee from the Soultaker when their
souls are ejected from their bodies after a car accident. Inspired by
discussions with Action International Pictures producer Eric Parkinson,
the script was based on a real-life car accident Schilling was involved
in. The film was shot in five weeks on a $250,000 budget. Originally
planned for a direct-to-video release, it saw limited theatrical
screenings, with eight prints distributed in United States. Since its
release, the film has received negative reviews, but won the Saturn
Award for "Best Genre Video Release" in 1992. A sequel was planned but
never made, and Schilling turned its premise into a novel titled
Quietus, published in 2002. Soultaker was featured in the tenth-season
premiere episode of the comedy television series Mystery Science
Theater 3000 in 1999.
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