Chain Letter Review

Chain Letter (2010)

Starring: Nikki Reed, Keith David, Brad Dourif
Directed by: Deon Taylor

We all remember back in the day (about, say, 2004, maybe earlier) when text and email chain letters were all the rage, right? Yeah, I hated it, too. And that brings us to today's film, Chain Letter.

In Chain Letter, a group of friends are slowly killed off one by one when they fail to pass along an ominous chain letter email.

This was one of those movies I'd classify very closely to "torture porn" status. Perhaps "gore porn"? I really wanted to like it, but as a story, it's a little lame. Even with three of my favorite actors (Brad Dourif, Keith David, and Noah Segan), it was sort of hard to really want to sit through this. I will give credit where it is due and say the kill scenes weren't too bad. They were gruesome, to say the least. But that being said, it wasn't enough to save this film from a poor script and in some cases, ham-fisted acting.

I guess you can say this is one of those movies helmed for the sake of taking advantage of the gore crowd and little, if anything more. Then again, according to the iMDB score, even they didn't really care so much for this movie.

With a little more effort, I think there really could have been more to Chain Letter, had it been a bit more streamlined and less cryptic in execution. I get the concept of an anti-technology cult, but if the killer was in relation to them, why did he use technology to kill? What was the deal with the chains? Was there supposed to be a sequel to explain the many questions left from the first? I honestly don't think we'll ever find out at this point.

As someone who has sat through this film several times just to make sure I didn't miss anything, I would say for most, but the biggest Brad Dourif fans (granted he was in it for all of maybe five minutes...), avoid this movie. I love Brad and Keith and Noah, but I just can't honestly recommend this one to anyone. It's not the worst film out there, but it sure as hell isn't really much good, either.

But that being said, at least I liked it more than Smiley.



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Overall Rating: Deleted and Forgotten