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Chain Letter (2010)

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Critic Reviews: 3
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 2

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When high school senior Jessie Campbell (Nikki Reed) and her tight-knit group of friends begin to receive a series of foreboding email chain letters, they have no idea the terror that awaits them. With a warning that if they break the chain, they will lose a life, the seemingly harmless email turns deadly when one-by-one the friends that do not forward the chain letter are hunted down and gruesomely killed by horror's newest villain, the Chain Man. A terrifying horror film that will leave

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Diana Erwin, Michael J. Pagan

Feb 1, 2011

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By-the-numbers horror flick is about as welcome, and entertaining, as a real chain letter.

October 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Chain Letter yields few surprises, compensating with de rigueur false scares, unmemorable deaths and the kind of improbably exaggerated gore.

October 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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Chain Letter is a nonsensical, bloody mess that, well, is missing a few links.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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...one of the most disastrously underwhelming and incompetent horror flicks to come around in quite some time...

June 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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A bland, sloppy, paint-by-numbers slasher that crams a half-baked anti-technology theme down your throat.

February 5, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

One M1ssed Call meets Final Destination in this formulaic but fun gore-fest. In case you are wondering, there are chains. And letters. [it] is about as subtle as a sledgehammer, but that works in this mushy, gushy milieu.

January 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Horror.com | Comment (1)
Horror.com

Looks it was prepped, shot, and cut in one drunken weekend.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: FEARnet
FEARnet

I've watched hundreds of movies - no, make that thousands - on the big screen. 'Chain Letter' has the dubious distinction of being the only movie I've ever seen that had no recognizable ending.

October 30, 2010 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

It's not even a real movie.

October 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Nothing screams hackneyed repurposing like using a Nietzschean citation as preface to very non-Nietzschean drivel.

October 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The Anti-Social Network, and a stylishly creepy invasion of privacy cyber-thriller, despite an overabundance of cheesy gore. As anti-online techie terrorists go about homicidally deleting digital junkies everywhere, with You've Got Mauled deranged glee.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

A severely muddled, amateur offering, the film is a complete waste of time. There's almost pride in the manner the feature highlights Taylor as arguably the most inept director of 2010.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Audience Reviews for Chain Letter

Cast: Nikki Reed, Keith David, Betsy Russell, Brad Dourif, Ling Bai, Brian Tee, Noah Segan, Clifton Powell, Matt Cohen, Cherilyn Wilson

Director: Deon Taylor

Summary: When a group of tech-savvy high school pals receives an electronic chain letter that demands they each forward the message or face consequences, they laugh it off as an online prank and delete the posts. But when the deranged sender of the message starts hunting them down one by one, they find themselves in a fight for their lives.

My Thoughts: "The one star is me being generous. I am a huge fan of horror flicks and this was just a huge disappointment, and what's really sad is it could have been much better. Instead, what you get is a film that was poorly done with bad everything. Script, acting, direction, that was the most horrifying thing this film had to offer. Its truly amateur hour here. Not even the killer was interesting. The one star is for the gore. At least it had that."
February 14, 2011
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Boo. I rented this because Netflix showed a three star rating, which is actually pretty decent for a horror flick. Therefore, I'm honestly confused by A) how that mess of a plot actually attracted some bigger names and B) why the hell people gave it such a good rating. It's funny, and it's not supposed to be. It's a mess, and I don't just mean the lame over-the-top gore.
February 8, 2011
liquidchick76

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uhhh ... add this one to the list of yer films you later apologise for watching, as in: "i was w/a friend and they made me watch it" or how about "i thought it was another movie when i walked into it" or "i saw it for free so it was no sweat offa my back", like that. then keep livin' yer life. in short, another stab at "the mysterious unkillable psycho who's mad at whoever has sex in this film" genre, or "we gotta work here in L.A. just like everybody else so leave us alone willya!"
October 8, 2010
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