The fear of technology has been the subject of countless horror and sci-fi films over the years; soon of the more notable films include the Terminator franchise which shows what could happen if machines became sentient and 2009’s Avatar, which showcase an anti-modernism and technology stance. However, in more recent years, some directors have released films are that showcasing the evil that our growing lack of privacy. 2008’s One Missed Call, and the 2004 Japanese film that it was a remake of, and 2010’s Catfish showed how bad our mass communication can be, with death and deceit being their methods. The quality of these films is not in question, seeing how the American version of One Missed Call is simply dreadful, but more the subject matter the writers and directors chose. 2010’s Chain Letter joined this group, as it is based on a deranged man who kills people who fail to pass on a chain letter. An Oscar-winning idea I’m sure.
Chain Letter is a circular tale, starting towards the end, cycling through and then ending on the same scene. The first scene is of a young woman, chained and bound in her garage. She is chained, with one leg bound to each of her parent’s cars. As they drive away, in opposite directions, of course, they, well, you can imagine what happens. *splat* The faceless killer picks his victims through chain mail; if someone receives a letter and fails to pass it onto to five people. Of course, the killer uses chains to finish his victims. That pretty much sums up the entire film. A group of high school students, because everyone knows that high school students are best
Avoid Chain Letter. There really is not another way to sum this film up. The only redeeming factor is that some cheap laughs can be had for the
Directed by Deon Taylor
Written by Deon Taylor, Michael J. Pagan & Diana Erwin
Starring: Nikki Reed, Michael J. Pagan & Keith David
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%
Chain Letter gets a D- or 1/5 Stars. It’s not good.