Movie Review – 5 Souls (2013)

5 Souls
Directed by Brett Donowho
Courtesy of Inception Media Group
Release Date: August 6, 2013


Don’t confuse the title of this movie with the one I reviewed a couple of months ago titled 6 SOULS…for as close as the titles are, they have nothing to do with each other. And unfortunately, this one is not nearly as good as the other one was, either. 5 SOULS tries to be a slick and original horror film, but it simply has too many flaws that it can’t overcome. The result is a convoluted tale that leaves the viewer wanting more.

If you are not familiar with 5 SOULS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Inception Media Group:

When a disgraced architect awakens from a coma, he is confronted by an agent of evil with a proposition; kill five people to reconcile his life’s misdeeds and live, or decline the offer and die. As he proceeds with his grim assignment and begins collecting the fifth and final soul, he learns that his pact may have eternally horrifying consequences…

I really wanted to enjoy this film. The premise sounds solid and director Brett Donowho has another film out there that looks really good (A HAUNTING AT SILVER FALLS) as well. But it can’t overcome its problems. As the credits rolled, I actually felt kinda sad. This movie could have been so good.

5 SOULS is shot pretty well, although there are several grainy shots and a few of the low-light scenes look too dark. The acting is ok, although Steven Schub stands out among the rest of the cast as the evil ‘demon’ who is forcing him to collect souls. Schub relishes his evil role and portrays it with the dramatic flair of a Shakespearean actor.

There’s no special effects or gore to speak of, but there are plenty of opportunities where it could have been used. I’m not sure if this lack of showing was due to budget constraints or resource issues, but I feel like the production team dropped the ball here.

The biggest problem 5 SOULS has is the story itself. I think I know where Donowho was trying to go with it…but unfortunately, it never gets there. Instead, the film is a jumbled mish-mash of scenes that don’t tie together much at all.

I do have to give credit to the DVD cover, however. It is creepy and effective, a certain draw to watching the movie. It’s just a shame that the movie doesn’t live up to the cover’s promise.

I can’t recommend 5 SOULS with a clear conscience, unless you have nothing else better to watch. I think the premise of this one is solid, and I would like to see a reboot of it…but only after some major script rewriting and a budget boost. Hopefully Donowho’s other films will not be this bad.


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