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Film / Chain Letter (2010)
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Chain Letter is a 2010 Slasher Movie about a Serial Killer called the Chain Killer (Michael Bailey Smith) who targets teenagers, by sending them an electronic Chain Letter and stating if they don't send the letter to five others, they'll die.

Californian teen Neil Conners (Cody Kasch) ends up receiving said and forwards it to five of his friends, including his sister: Rachael Conners (Cherilyn Wilson), Jessie Campbell (Nikki Reed), Michael {Michael J Pagan}, Dante (Noah Segan) and Johnny Jones (Matt Cohen). One by one they begin to be hunted down by the Chain Killer, while Detective Jim Crenshaw (Keith David) attempts to track him down and save the teens.

Not to be confused with the trope Chain Letter, even though the film centers around them.


Distinct tropes of this film:

  • Accidental Murder: The Serial Killer chains Jessie to her parent's cars, and they end up killing her by accident when they drive in opposite directions.
  • Alliterative Name: Johnny Jones.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The Serial Killer succeeds in killing all his victims without suffering any real setbacks, and is planning to continue doing it.
  • Big "NO!": Michael, when he fails to save Jessie.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. Michael turns out to be the Final Guy.
  • Blatant Lies: The rule is that you're supposed to send the letter to five others, or you'll die in 24 hours. So why is it that not even ten seconds after Neil deletes several messages sent to him, he gets killed?
  • Broken Aesop: Technology is bad. Using too much of it and deleting chain letters means you'll die a horrible death. ...Wait, what?
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  • Can Only Move the Eyes: The Bound and Gagged teen at the start of the film later revealed to be Jessie can only move their eyes in helplessness.
  • Chain Pain: Chains are the primary Weapon of Choice of the Serial Killer in this movie, seemingly just for the Chain Letter motif. The killer uses the chains both as a whip and as a way to make gruesome death traps. Appropriately he is called the "Chain Killer".
  • Half the Man He Used to Be:
    • Half of one victim's body is crushed by an engine.
    • Jessie gets torn in half after being chained to two moving vehicles.
  • Hypocrite: The killers. Even though they believe that technology is bad, they apparently consider it acceptable to use technology to prove how bad it is.

Alternative Title(s): Chain Letter