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Chain Letter (2009)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  11 November 2010 (Russia)
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A maniac murders teens when they refuse to forward chain mail.

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Cast

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Jane Campbell
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TV Announcer
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Jeff Campbell
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Chain Man
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Michael Grant
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Brad
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Rachel Conners
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Neil Conners
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Dante
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Emo Girl
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Kevin
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Sergeant Hamill
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Storyline

A maniac murders teens when they refuse to forward chain mail.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The art of killing. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody sadistic violence throughout, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 November 2010 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

A Corrente do Mal  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$143,000 (USA) (2 October 2010)

Gross:

$143,000 (USA) (2 October 2010)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In addition to Betsy Russell, 7 other stars of the film have starred in other notable horror movies/franchises. Michael J. Pagan, in See No Evil (2006). Charles Fleischer, in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Keith David, in The Thing (1982). Matt Cohen, in Boogeyman 2 (2007). Michael Bailey Smith, in A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) and the remake The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and its sequel The Hills Have Eyes II (2007) albeit as different characters. Noah Segan, in Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009). And Brad Dourif who has been a staple of the horror genre since his 1988 performance as the killer doll Chucky in Child's Play (1988). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 2 mins) When Jessie realizes she is being watched by the killer via her laptop webcam and on the killer's computer screen, it shows he is monitoring her by using GOM Player interface. GOM Player is actually a popular media player but not a live streaming or webcam tool. See more »

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References This Is Spinal Tap (1984) See more »

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Generation X
Performed by Tastes Like Chicken
Written by Klint Macro
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Barrel scraping, third division mess
29 March 2011 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

Viewed at the Festival de Film, Cannes 2010

If all you want from a horror film are some gory kills and blood, go ahead, knock yourself out and have a ball. But if you want anything more, say a decent script, a story that makes sense, characters, even one, you can root for, some logic, even internal logic, and finally a decent killer with motivation, look elsewhere. Make no mistake Chain Letter is a mess.

So much of this film makes no or very little sense it's hard to know where to start. Basically, teens who receive a chain letter and fail to pass it on get offed. Why they are getting this letter I could never figure out. How the killer manages to do what he does defies even the often screwy logic of such films. At times he seems to be in several places at once, doing different things. It's almost like the producers took every draft script and shuffled them together, pulling out 100 pages at random and saying, "Now let's make this one"!

Even if Chain Letter were good, and it's anything but, it would still not rise above the level of clichéd and derivative: the Japanese do it so much better. Heck! Just about everyone does it better!

I love horror films, I even enjoy ones that are so bad they're good. There's usually something to be found in them. But treat Chain Letter like the real thing: don't pass it on no matter what the promise, just trash it.


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