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Chain Letter (Blu-ray / DVD)

Chain Letter on Blu-ray and DVDReviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Nikki Reed, Keith David, Noah Segan, Cody Kasch, Betsy Russell, Brad Dourif, Cherilyn Wilson, Michael Bailey Smith

Written and directed by Deon Taylor

Distributed by Image Entertainment


You have to give it to Deon Taylor. This guy just keeps pumping them out, drawing name talent, and getting his films theatrical releases, albeit quiet ones. His latest slasher opus, Chain Letter, has lots of flash, some brutal kills, and a few good ideas but never really rises to the occasion. More on that in a bit … first the plot crunch.

It’s no secret. Privacy as we know it is over. Everyone, everywhere, has access to the Internet, access to your information, and cameras on them at all times. If you think about it, it’s a really scary prospect. You can’t even innocently fall into a fountain because you were busy texting without it ending up on YouTube (thank god for that one, BTW). Such is the case here when a disfigured maniac decides to send out a chain letter to a group of unsuspecting kids with one simple rule – break the chain, lose a life. Some mock it, some delete it, and some pass it on and hope for the best. Of course said maniac has an agenda, and before you know it, bodies start piling up.

Chain Letter on Blu-ray and DVDChain Letter isn’t a bad movie per se; it’s just playfully mediocre. Things get a bit muddled along the way thanks to Taylor working in a bit of a social commentary twist, but for the most part the movie is pretty watchable, especially for the kills. Speaking of which …

You know how recently DVD owners have been getting the shit end of the stick as all the good stuff ends up on the Blu-ray? The release of Chain Letter bucks that trend by only putting the unrated and far gorier cut on DVD. Yes, the Blu-ray looks and sounds better, but who cares? We are horror fans! We want the gore! Coupled with the fact that there is no supplemental material available at all on either package, you really have to wonder why the powers that be didn’t just release the DVD and the Blu-ray with both cuts present on each. The whole thing is senseless. Who’s really going to want to watch the version with the badly trimmed kills?

Chain Letter does an adequate job of doing what it’s supposed to do and nothing more. Unless you’re an extreme high definition junkie, save the extra dollars and buy the unrated DVD. It has what you’re looking for … inventive and really bloody kills. Just don’t expect anything more than that.

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    Discuss Chain Letter in the comments section below!

  • Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

    • kiddcapone

      If you have the choice between watching Chain Letter and self mutilation, I strongly suggest hacking off a limb with a dull knife. Trust me, it will be less painful.

    • Uncle Creepy

      How to tell when a movie is lacking –

      When the conversation in the comments section is more about the weather than the film itself! LOL

      • Vanvance1

        It could get worse: If the film receives a DVD re release and the quote on the box says: DC “Better Than a New York Snow Storm!”

    • nonserviam03

      Ok… is it just me or is this movie just totally missing a third act? I mean, right when it looks like that girl is gonna start figuring things out and have some final confrontation with the killer… it just ends. Laaame.

    • Minion

      It’s like I Know What You Did Last Summer- WITH CHAINS!
      I was hoping someone would answer my cries someday. Deon Taylor, you’re a God in my eyes.

      • Uncle Creepy

        Not really. Much better killer and kills. Though I totally hear what you’re saying! LOL

    • Terminal

      I like Nikki Reed, but I’ll sadly pass because this review didn’t seem to endorse it all too much. Good review.
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      “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

      • Uncle Creepy

        I’d say it’s worth a spin if its like snowing out and you’re trying to kill time.

        • Terminal

          Gotcha. How’d you know it’s snowing?
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          “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • Uncle Creepy

            My brother still lives in New York. I get daily complai… err I mean updates! ;)

            • Terminal

              I love the snow so I rarely complain. I live in the Bronx, so we’re getting raped by snow, but I have a shit eating grin on my face every time I see snow fall.
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              “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

            • nonserviam03

              If you love snow then you can have ours. Enough is enough!

            • Terminal

              Lol! Oh buck up, it’s almost Spring.
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              “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

            • GJW

              F spring! I want a few more blizzards (and not the Dairy Queen ones).

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              “I have all the characteristics of a human being.Blood, flesh,skin,hair;but not a single,clear,identifiable emotion,except for greed and disgust.”

            • Vanvance1

              I loathe snow; around where I live half the drivers are Asian so that makes the roads a scary place. Each snow fall causes the accident rates to skyrocket.

            • GJW

              FUCK YEAH my man!!!!! I love thunderstorms,wish the ones we get were more intense. I love the snow,love snowstorms,love driving in it!! Last February was a blast for me!! Sometimes, if it’s like 4am and i’m up and it’s snowing like a bitch and no one is out and the roads aren’t touched yet,I think of something I need just to get out and go to the store. Were not getting hit right now as hard as I wished,but this ice is becoming a bitch. (I’m in Pittsburgh,yes PITTSBURGH,home of the 6 time and soon to be 7 time Super Bowl Champion Steelers)

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              “I have all the characteristics of a human being.Blood, flesh,skin,hair;but not a single,clear,identifiable emotion,except for greed and disgust.”