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By-the-numbers horror flick is about as welcome, and entertaining, as a real chain letter.
Chain Letter yields few surprises, compensating with de rigueur false scares, unmemorable deaths and the kind of improbably exaggerated gore.
Chain Letter is a nonsensical, bloody mess that, well, is missing a few links.
...one of the most disastrously underwhelming and incompetent horror flicks to come around in quite some time...
Director Deon Taylor loves the horror genre and still knows how to have fun but keep things gritty and intense at the same time.
A bland, sloppy, paint-by-numbers slasher that crams a half-baked anti-technology theme down your throat.
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.
Looks it was prepped, shot, and cut in one drunken weekend.
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.
It's not even a real movie.
Nothing screams hackneyed repurposing like using a Nietzschean citation as preface to very non-Nietzschean drivel.
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.
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."
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.
Much like an actual chain letter...you should ignore this. I only picked it up because 3 things on the DVD case caught my eye: 'Brad Dourif', 'Betsy Russell' and 'gore'. Needless to say none of them are worth sitting through this half-baked mess.
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!"
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