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Vincent Van Patten
James Van Patten,
Gena Lee Nolin,
I'll get this out of the way! The only reason to watch this movie is to see some horribly twisted but also very cool death scenes. There's enough gore and depravity here to more than satisfy fans of the genre. The deaths are imaginative and very, very nasty, without being campy. That's pretty much all the movie has to offer. The cast features the great Keith David and the always reliable, always creepy, always just plain awesome Brad Dourif but they're criminally wasted. Nikki Reed is hot as always but she's playing a good girl this time, so no short skirts or cleavage and also no sex scenes which means 90% of her appeal is thrown out of the window and what remains is her staring at a computer screen with a scared look. In fact the skin department, which is usually a plus in slasher flicks no matter how bad they are, is strangely absent here. We get a quick topless shot of about 2 seconds and no sex at all. And yeah, the nude shot is not of Nikki! The problem with the movie is that it has basically no plot. The writers sat on their desks and came up with a few nasty deaths, a creepy killer and then tried to wrap an almost non existent story around it. They went as far as not having an actual ending for the movie. The killer has no identity, the motive is too silly even for slashers and then the movie just ends. Its just a mess. The characters are just canon fodder for a killer with no personality, no back-story, basically just a random dude. That's all the movie is, a random creepy guy killing random high school kids, for no reason at all with a stupid gimmick about chain letters. When you expect the movie to at least provide some explanation as to why all this killing is going on and who is behind it all, the movie just ends with no answers. So the movie is just a collection of death scenes with nothing holding it together. Now this genre was never known for deep stories, but I at least hope for some sort of narrative. "Chain Letter" has none. Its just torture. If you enjoy it, sure go ahead and watch it. If you want an actual horror movie look elsewhere.
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