Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Chain Letter (2010)

A group of technology-obsessed teens become the targets of a sadistic serial killer who is selecting his victims through an e-mail based chain letter. Follow the rules and live, but break the chain and he will break you in half! CHAIN LETTER has nothing to offer but a few brilliant moments of gore in your otherwise typical bubblegum teen Slasher. Its weak stabs at youth culture and the Information Age fail to draw blood, and the limitless possibilities that the web and cell phone technologies represent to an electronic killer are hardly used in any original or interesting way. The cast is littered with teen idols and C-list celebrities, with the noticeable exceptions of genre stars Brad Dourif and Michael Bailey Smith (as the chain-totting madman). While the film walks through all of the same familiar motions, Deon Taylor at least presents it in a glossy fashion with no pretentious undertones. Thankfully, the special effects crew was working overtime, because CHAIN LETTER features a two bloody bisections, a splitting headache, and a face that is flossed in half with a link of razor-sharp chains. Like LAID TO REST and SEE NO EVIL, this one is only tolerable for the massive amounts of gore.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 7/10.

If you liked CHAIN LETTER, check out:
STAY ALIVE, SEE NO EVIL, ONE MISSED CALL.

3 comments:

  1. It just sounded bad. I think I'll pass on this one. Thanks for the review Carl.

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  2. If it's anything like LAID TO REST, I think I'll pass on this one, too.

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  3. the only similarity is in the sweet gore, but LAID TO REST bests CHAIN LETTER since Chrome Skull is actually a pretty cool looking villain even if the film is, uh..

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