“My Soul to Take” marks the first feature film Wes Craven has directed since 2005’s “Red Eye,” and the horror auteur has learned a valuable lesson during that time: He’s happier making his own films than running a business. “There was long period where I had a little company, and we were developing projects,” he says. “And there was a point — and I think about where I got the idea for this film — where I was feeling like, ‘You should be writing and directing films and leave it at that.’ So it was just kind of like: Get back to your basics and stop pushing people to be creative in a way that you like when it’s just easier to do it yourself.”
“My Soul to Take” also marks Craven’s first foray into 3-D, something he was initially resistant to, especially since it wasn’t shot that way. “It was done totally as a 2-D film,” he says.
The idea first came from folks at the studio (naturally). “They approached me and said, ‘How about 3-D?’” he remembers. “And that was back around the time when ‘Clash of the Titans’ had just come out and Roger Ebert was saying it was the worst thing that had ever happened to cinema. And my impulse was, ‘I’m never going to say yes.’”
But a visit to the company that converted “Clash of the Titans” to 3-D changed his mind — and illuminated a lot of the problems in the world of post-converting films. “They explained how the showing of a 3-D movie has to be done very carefully,” he says. “It’s all new … infrastructure and new processes and skills down at the theater level.”