Soultaker (1990)

Writer Vivian Schilling told Fangoria about this movie: “When I was 18, just out of high school, I went to a party with a girlfriend. A guy offered us a ride home, someone we thought we knew pretty well. He didn’t look wasted or anything, but when we got in the car he started driving really crazy. We were going very fast and hit a tree; I was in the front seat and was literally buried in the dashboard. It was bad. For a moment as I was sitting there. I thought I was going to die. I always felt lucky to have lived through that, but it also made me wonder. What if I was supposed to die and didn’t know it?”

So they made a movie where Robert Z’Dar played the Angel of Death and Joe Estevez was his Soultaker, years before Final Destination, and Schilling even appears in the movie as one of the souls chased by death itself.

After the surprising success of this low budget film, a sequel was planned with James Earl Jones, Faye Dunaway, Donald Sutherland and William Shatner discussed as being in the cast and director Tibor Takács being picked to helm the picture. Funding was never found and Schilling eventually turned that script into her book Quietus.

Director Michael Rissi also made Terror Eyes, which also starred Schilling.

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