Chain Letter [Blu-ray]
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The concept in question is none other than the goofy chain email that threatens anyone who fails to forward it with certain death. Those people who grew up in the Age of Technology have probably received a couple dozen poorly written ones over the years- there's the one about the babysitter, the one about the serial killer, the one about... you get the idea. They're usually not very clever.
Naturally, plenty of the high school students in Chain Letter who receive the threatening email discard it with disdain (much like I did in high school), and the massacre ensues. Students who ignore the email start dying in gruesome fashion. The killer's weapon of choice is, of course, a CHAIN. (Ha ha, get it? They didn't pass the CHAIN email, so he kills them with a CHAIN. Unbelievably clever.)
If my obvious disdain for the film strikes the reader as a bit harsh, allow me to highlight some of its other transgressions.
First, even though each recipient is required to forward the email to five other people, nobody ever receives it twice. Preposterous! When I received these stupid things from classmates I would usually get them from all directions, which made it very tempting to reply to each sender with a malicious comment like "I hope you die!" or "The joke is on you, fool; I'm the killer!"
Second, even though the chain email in the film presumably makes it to hundreds of people the first night it's in circulation, it takes over THREE DAYS for a second recipient to end up dead.Read more ›
From the title, you have probably gathered a bit about the plot. There is a chain letter targeting a technology-obsessed group of teens. They have to pass it on or a psychopathic killer mangles them in a most creative way.
A combination of "The Ring" and "Stay Alive," this movie avoids the excess torture of the "Saw" films, as well as the long drawn out storylines of other films of this nature. It's just a good time. There is nothing stunning or original about the film that will make it stick in your memory forever, but it satisfies the horror film lover's appetite for lots of gore, a little nudity, and an overall great time.
Sadly, the execution is pedestrian, shallow and only mildly interesting.
The 20-something "teens" as usual aren't appealing and the motivation for their gruesome deaths is left hanging and merely serves as a prelude to the inevitable sequel.
Horror vets Brad Dourif, Keith David and Betsy Russell get paychecks for their cliche roles but are unremarkable.
I was involved up until its ridiculous ending--the nail in the coffin.
Hope we start getting some decent horror flicks soon!
The acting from some was okay, except the annoying brother that was jealous of his sister. Some of the death scenes were over the top and almost funny. Not to sound heartless, but the brother getting it was sad, but a little cartoonist. A person couldn't really escape their faith after responding to the chain letter. The killer was scary looking and really enjoyed his work. He was brutal and the director enjoyed placing the camera right up close to see the tortures. One scene, I had to turn the TV down and turn my face away. It was too painful to listen to the young man's suffering. This is the part that got my daughter upset, which was a point well taken.
After all that, my sister and I enjoyed the movie for its shock value and okay story line. My daughter did not. I'am not sure if I will watch it again. So slasher fans, knock yourself out and enjoy.
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The major link missing in this movie is anything of quality. Not scary, not frightening, mostly just boring.Published 2 months ago by Johnny Mo
I was actually kind of into this movie until the end. Because there really was no end. It's like there was 20 minutes left in the script, and they just forgot to have the cameras... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel James
What a fantastic badass killing film. I loved it. Great movie to be a low budget film!Published 11 months ago by Erica Jones
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