October is the nuttiest movie month of the year, if only because a parade of awards bait usually butts up against straggling action movies not quite big enough for summer and a series of gruesome horror movies. It’s a delightful collision of styles that always makes for an eclectic (if sometimes schizophrenic) trip to the local cinema. This week features a handful of big-name releases, including the race horse biopic “Secretariat,” the romantic comedy that centers around the horrible death of new parents “Life as We Know It,” the kooky comedy “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” the sharp fallen economy documentary “Inside Job” and the acting tour-de-force “Stone.” But if you want to find the MTV Newsroom crew sitting in the dark this weekend, you’ll have to buy a ticket to see Wes Craven’s new frightfest “My Soul to Take.” It’s creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and altogether ooky, which will make for great pre-Halloween viewing (and hiding behind the seats in front of us pretending not to be scared).
Of course, a good scream-a-thon requires precise preparation, which is why we’ve put together the video playlist below. It’s a group of songs that all focus on the soul, be it of the in-danger variety (Gnarls Barkley’s “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul”), the ethereal kind (Death Cab for Cutie’s “Soul Meets Body,” Yael Naim’s “New Soul”) or the playing Mr. Mister on the radio type (Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister”). But we begin with Jewel’s “Who Will Save Your Soul.” Considering the evil forces at play in Craven’s spook-fest, that may be the most relevant question you ask yourself all weekend long.