Soulkeeper (2001)

Soulkeeper2001It’s almost disturbing how much of a dead ringer Rodney Rowland is for David Keith at times during “Soulkeeper.” For a short time I used to think Rowland was Keith. That odd footnote aside, “Soulkeeper” is one of the more entertaining and underrated fantasy horror films I’ve ever seen, and it’s a shame it doesn’t garner a lot of attention or credit. It barely gets any focus by anyone, and that’s a shame. Frankly “Soulkeeper” is a strong and often entertaining fantasy horror film that creates a likable duo of inept heroes both of whom find themselves in a situation beyond their control for the fate of the world. Sadly, “Soulkeeper” hasn’t kept its age well and that’s due to the plot being pretty damn incoherent at times.

I was never sure what most of the scenes were meant to indicate, and often times expended too much mental energy trying to unwind the plot twists. I never understood why there was a long moment featuring succubus in a bordello, or why the duo in the film suddenly have a guardian angel, or what the beast had that could allow its massive frame to sneak around in the dark. I also could never comprehend why character Terrence kept seeing his mom in sexual scenarios. “Soulkeeper” does try to keep audiences on its toes by eliminating their expectations and providing them with clever twists. The thieves that are given the task of acquiring an ancient relic aren’t the wisest or most noble heroes, and in one scene are scared out of a cemetery by their own hysteria. There’s never enough confidence given to them by the screenwriter which makes their misadventures all the more comedic when its time to be brave and courageous.

So it’s not a total loss, the director really does parade a bevy of gorgeous women around the film, for no particular reason, while Rodney Rowland and Kevin Patrick Walls provide some great chemistry as the bumbling duo. Along the way there are supporting roles from some notable genre icons like Karen Black, Brad Douriff, and Tiny Lister, who has a good time as a sour contact of the duo. “Soulkeeper” manages to be a strong and funny genre amalgamation, and it’s worth a watch. If only for the hot women. While it’s not the masterpiece I remember back in 2001, “Soulkeeper” is still an entertaining and hilarious genre mix of comedy, fantasy, and horror. With strong performances and sleek special effects compensating for the convoluted narrative, it’s worth a watch.