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worth for the horror

Author: deepakvenkat from United States
30 July 2011

If the director intended to convey gory thats all he did. The movie was worth a casual watch if you want to spend a lonely weekend evening trying best to get the things in your stomach out and don't know what else to do. other than the movie was one which would make anyone wonder what am i doing what this movie. The starting was actually good and one would probably think its gonna get better. But unfortunately that was not to be. the plot was an exciting one or at least could have been made an exciting one if more thought had gone into it. The end was rather predictable and sort of redundant. And some portions of the movie seemed so illogical that you would wonder if any research went behind it even if it was just watching a few episodes of CSI or criminal minds.overall one can watch this movie for all the horror in it and if one likes to see some really disturbing things on screen. What could have been a really nice movie was turned into a rather incoherent, nonfactual and incomplete venture. I give 2 for the plot and 2 for the horror totaling

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Was very disappointed by it

3/10
Author: bunnyskip from United States
2 April 2011

Thought this could and should have been a lot better. The description sounded good, much like a Final Destination-type film, but it was gory, but not enough to impress, but enough to "Ew!". The acting was not very good. The graphic killings were imaginative but nothing worth the time. Worest part, it just ended and you are left wondering if what they ran out of first: money, semi-gory ideas for more killings, or just plot first. My vote is the plot, since there was so little here to begin with. I am glad we didn't go to the movie theater for this, and it was a Netflix pick. The director seemed to be trying to make more out of less, but he did not succeed very well. I think that they were throwing out this film to see if there was any more interest. But with such a poor effort, I can't that there will be.

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Creative and graphic horror.

6/10
Author: Michael O'Keefe from Muskogee OK
22 November 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Blood and guts with very little plot. CHAIN LETTER has a group of high school friends receiving an electronic chain letter that demands they each forward the message or suffer the consequences. They think very little of the message treating it as an online prank. Now the violence begins as the tech-savvy sender begins tracking down his prey one by one. How long will it take to believe the chain letter is responsible for brutal murders? The remaining teens now take the mystery sender seriously as they are forced to fight for their lives. The graphics are more interesting than the too familiar plot. Dialogue and acting are nothing to rave about; but the murders are creative. In the cast: Madison Bauer, Cherilyn Wilson, Nikki Reed, Matt Cohen, Michael J. Pagan and Brad Dourif.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Dime a Dozen Shallow Horror Attempt

4/10
Author: chris dimarino from Canada
11 April 2012

Chain Letter is not very good. I can relax my standards for horror movies typically if it has some redeeming qualities. An interesting character or a cool villain or unique plot are all components that can get me through. This movie lacked all of these and really lacked any hope of being a decent movie.

The movie seems so similar to any horror movie that it's hard to find anything it does well. If you like gruesome deaths, than it has a couple unique "chain related" moments. Other than that, the movie is shallow story wise, has flat characters provides very little pay off. There isn't much suspense built up either, but certain scenes showed some promise.

I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone unless they absolutely love chains.

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I would forward it

7/10
Author: meredithcockerille from United States
20 February 2012

This movie makes it because it does manage to remain entertaining. Although not in the realm of a cult classic, it holds itself together very well. The gore is gruesome enough to make you cringe. I appreciate the fact that they didn't over-do it. Less was more in this particular case. When they did utilize the blood and guts, it was effective. They took an angle with the film, revolving it around the concept of the corruption of technology. This ups the scare factor for the modern audience, bringing the reality of the film closer to home. They used great symbolism with the killer always using "chains" to off his victims. It's nice how they kept each kill fresh, recycling his methods into new, unique ways with each murder. The actor appearances were well done. Brad Dourif ('Chucky' from "Child's Play") and the grandfather from the Texas "Chain"saw Massacre remake both have small roles in the film, which seems appropriate and a smart move on the casting director's part in order to draw in more attention, what with all the unknowns who are leading the cast. Nikki Reed does an exceptional job as the leading role, but definitely outshines her co-stars who play very flat, static characters. They really hit home with the concept of the "chain mail" legends, bringing to life the little doubts we've all had now and then about the sometimes threatening messages that warn us to pass them on or face doom. Overall, I rate it a 7 out of 10. It may not be a masterpiece, but it will definitely make you think twice next time before you mindlessly delete than ominous chain message off your cell phone.

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Bloody yet Weak Chain of a Movie!

6/10
Author: manjodude
17 December 2011

This is one horror movie where the extreme violence was executed very well but finally didn't serve the purpose for me. Although there were some scary bone-breaking scenes, the sum total of the movie was just about okay only.

The best aspect of the movie is the initial scene of a girl being dragged away in chains. That was quite shocking & chilling to see. And also the Chain Man himself, who looked quite creepy in his huge built and the manner in which he slaughters his victims. Very painfully and slowly....

But I felt the movie failed to maintain the scare factor constant.

The acting was mediocre. Only people who caught my attention was Brad Dourif as Prof.Smirker(his eyes are so expressive) and also Keith David who plays the lead detective Jim Crenshaw. Even Nikki Reed who plays the lead female character Jessie Campbell does a fine job.

As some of the viewers mention here in IMDb, the last 10 minutes of the movie or so look hurried and disappointing. Although the story is about the so-called anti-technology terrorists, I really couldn't get that message. Instead it just seemed more about a mad man sneaking around houses and tearing all the victims' flesh away. Just another horror genre flick to me with lots of violence.

Verdict: Another average scare flick to time-pass your evening....

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Started off good, ended really bad.

3/10
Author: Jan Strydom from South Africa
24 April 2011

This film was actually not bad, at least not the first half was but towards the the third act it really went into a downward direction, its like it tried to sidestep obvious genre clichés but it just didn't work, the ending came off as a complete rush job and the overall plot had about a dozen holes in it.

The acting was actually pretty good, it had a few familiar faces in the cast like Keith David (PITCH BLACK), Betsy Russell (SAW) and Micheal Bailey Smith (THE HILLS HAVE EYES) that do a good bit of acting but this film lacked the effort that could've made it into a great film.

Overall, its not really worth recommending because the ending ruins the film enough to render any plus points meaningless.

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Almost

4/10
Author: itsacatchphrase from United States
27 January 2011

A well intentioned movie. One that never really feels like it starts until your at the end. Or should I say, "the end?". I feel like this is a director to look out for. The deaths were great and the overall look and feel was really good and fresh. Dialogue and acting could really could have used more help in general. I would say that i would recommend it, but only for the deaths. In all it would have been a great movie had there been a completely different editor and a more cognitive storyline. A lot of buzz words and frantic talking do not a plot make. Oh well. Do yourself a favor and go check out the remake of "I Spit On Your Grave"

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Immensely and utterly fun effort

9/10
Author: GL84 from Los Angeles, Ca
22 January 2013

After receiving and failing to forward a chain letter, a group of friends find themselves killed off one-by-one by a masked madman and must find a way to stop him before they're all killed.

There was a lot of good things here which makes this a great deal of fun. The most notable of the film's positives is the awesome death scenes which are incredibly gory and a lot of fun. Some of the kills are pretty suspenseful and definitely creepy, and the action presented in the set-ups are rather fun, from the film's opening where a chained victim to different cars driving away from the same driveway, the football player who gets his face ripped apart by the steel in the high-school gym or the garage encounter in front of the visiting friend. That also helps out here with the stalking scenes throughout here as this one generates some really tense and thrilling scenes which makes for a surprisingly suspenseful time, as the walk-through of the abandoned pant with the dangling chains makes for a really comic feel, the big encounter in the bathroom where he traps her girlfriend inside and has to hold him off from breaking in is a particularly chilling highlight sequence and the stalking of the brother is really creepy with the continuous chain letters popping up driving him insane before getting to the big ambush kill in fine fashion are all really fun suspense scenes that make for a really great time here. This one also manages to get a lot right with the killer featured here who is quite imposing, not only being a muscular hulk of a man but wears a really imposing mask that works well due to the simplicity of it all, plus there's the added bonus of the unusual weapon for doling out the death that works really well and adds an extra dimension to the kills. These here are more than enough to hold this one up against the few flaws. The main problem here, which is what's really damaging to the film overall, is the utter cluelessness of them to figure out what's going on, waiting until far too late into the film to finally determine the true nature of what's happening and getting the proper authorities to realize the matter from there doesn't have any time to develop because of their cluelessness, which could've been avoided rather early on. As well, the cult angle comes out of nowhere and has so little set-up it's hard to feel for them since we know nothing about them, their purpose or even the motive behind this batch of kills, making for a wholly disappointing story overall that makes the first half here rather tough to get into. Likewise, there's also a pretty weak and overall lousy suspense scene in that section where he stalks the friend in the gym in a really protracted sequence that forever and really weakens it's suspenseful attempts here. It's still watchable due to the gore and the kills, but a little more info would work well.

Rated R: Extreme Graphic Violence, Graphic Language and Brief Nudity.

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Good acting. Plenty of action. Understandable plot.

4/10
Author: internethotspot from Canada
3 October 2012

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OK there IS good acting. And the plot makes sense. However, there are far too many inconsistencies and inaccuracies to make this a viable horror movie. It will appeal to those that use technology but know nothing about it, so if this is you, then you will enjoy this movie if you enjoy the horror genre.

The brother is playing World of Warcraft, and he says the guy is losing his Experience Points (XP). You can't lose XP in Warcraft, you can only gain it.

He receives a message that replaces Warcraft on his screen. If that actually happened, he would have to have a VERY serious hack where someone already had remote control of his system. It's pretty unlikely, but possible.

An email from unknown... virtually anyone with email has a JUNK MAIL FOLDER! Any unknown sender would automatically be sent to junk mail.

But say it did get through, then it would have a header that could be traced to some degree. But his real concern is getting a firewall either on his router or on his computer.

A girl whacks her head on a garage door, and neither driver felt it or heard anything.

There's a huge guy walking around on a roof top, and the kid can't hear anything. Pretty unlikely.

There's a crazy looking monster size dude going around town, and nobody notices him in his car, on his bicycle or walking or whatever. Also some strange lead at a farmer's that serves no purpose. The farmer tells the detective to get lost... and that's about the end of it.

I've still no idea if the bar codes were in any way tied to the bad guy...

OK now for a review of the movie... it's inconsistent, seems to go nowhere... ends with the bad guy still doing his thing... still people on his list to kill... he's still out there...

Forward this to 5 people or you will get pimples.

OK - no sweat. I will send it to all the dictators in the world and let them worry about it. (Why didn't these kids think to do this instead of sending it to their friends?)

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