Everyone, it seems, is electronically tethered to the world somehow these days and everyone gets junk mail sooner or later. A group of high school friends receive a chain letter threatening death if the letter is not passed on and as most of us do, they deleted it. Now the psychopathic sender is making the chain letter come true.
Mark Allen (TV Announcer), Nikki Reed (Jessie), Michael Smith (Chain Man), Michael Pagan (Michael), Matt Cohen (Johnny), David Zahedian (Brad), Cherilyn Wilson (Rachael), Cody Kasch (Neil), Noah Segan (Dante), Brad Dourif (Mr. Smirker).
Chain Letter starts off with a completely unexplained but quite interesting horror scene before shifting to plot and character development. As the plot is laid out the film starts to get more interesting up until the grisly murders begin at which point gore takes over and the plot is pretty much forgotten. As the plot holes widen and acting fails, the only thing keeping the film alive is the horror. When the disappointing ending finally arrives most of the audience is left with the desire to send Chain Letter a chain letter.
Acting was quite poor in Chain Letter, even from Reed who appears to be the teen draw for the film. Segan and Dourif were interesting but couldn’t do enough to save the film. Wilson seriously needs a few more days in acting school and should take some of the supporting cast with her.
Camera work was okay though a few dark shots were difficult along with the usual fast switching. Sets and backgrounds were mild but nicely done. Effects were gore based and pretty good considering the overall lack of quality from other technical aspects in the film. Several edge of your seat and “Ewwww” scenes were fun. Dialogue was a bit thin while sound and soundtrack were mediocre.
Overall Chain Letter is a horror flick that is light on plot and acting but delivers some good horror scenes to keep the film limping along to the ending when it finally expires with an uninteresting death. Horror fans who want depth will be disappointed while those purely looking for gore may find some pleasure with this one.
With plenty of gore, violence, mild nudity, and mild foul language this should be fine for older teens and above.
Chain Letter is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
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Star rating: 2 out of 5
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