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Chain Letter (2010)

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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 audiences wondering if modern technology is really as safe as we think it is, CHAIN LETTER was directed by Deon Taylor and written by Taylor and Michael J. Pagan. The film stars Nikki Reed (Twilight, New Moon, Thirteen), Michael J. Pagan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Nite Tales), Noah Segan (Deadgirl), Matt Cohen (Boogeyman 2), Cody Kasch (Desperate Housewives), Betsy Russell (Saw III, Saw IV), Cherilyn Wilson (90210), Brad Dourif (Alien, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), Keith David (Crash, Barbershop), with Michael Bailey Smith (The Hills Have Eyes) as the killer.-- (C) New Films International

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Cast

Nikki Reed
as Jessie Campbell
Keith David
as Det. Jim Crenshaw
Brad Dourif
as Mr. Smirker
Betsy Russell
as Sgt. Hamill
Bai Ling
as Jai Pham
Matthew Cohen
as Johnny Jones
Cherilyn Wilson
as Rachael Conners
Cody Kasch
as Neil Conners
Michael J. Pagan
as Michael Grant
Terrence Evans
as Mr. Bradford
Andy Arness
as Coroner
Madison Bauer
as Jane Campbell
Phil Austin
as Philip Campbell
Goldie Chan
as Asian Girl Texter
Mark S. Allen
as Anchor on Scene
Jeff Sutherland
as Detective
Sheila Ellis
as Detective
Christina Marie
as CSI Agent
Niki McElroy
as Fine Girl
Roshni Shukla
as Emo Girl
Kate Enggren
as Debra Jones
Bonnie-Jean Shelton
as Judy Conners
Lyn Ross
as Shirley
Khatira Razada
as Miss Garrett
Charles Fleisher
as Frank Wiggins
Charles Fleischer
as Frank Wiggins
Johann Tate
as Officer Burt
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Critic Reviews for Chain Letter

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | October 5, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Chain Letter yields few surprises, compensating with de rigueur false scares, unmemorable deaths and the kind of improbably exaggerated gore.

Full Review… | October 2, 2010
Variety
Top Critic

Chain Letter is a nonsensical, bloody mess that, well, is missing a few links.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

...one of the most disastrously underwhelming and incompetent horror flicks to come around in quite some time...

Full Review… | June 16, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

Director Deon Taylor loves the horror genre and still knows how to have fun but keep things gritty and intense at the same time.

Full Review… | August 10, 2011
Dread Central

A bland, sloppy, paint-by-numbers slasher that crams a half-baked anti-technology theme down your throat.

Full Review… | February 5, 2011

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."

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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.

Summer W.
Summer W.

Super Reviewer

½

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.

A.D. Villarreal
A.D. Villarreal

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