I’m sure it’s just a promo used to sell the film, but if you click here you can watch a sweet promo trailer for Deon Taylor’s Chain Letter, which is the tale of a maniac who targets teens when they fail to forward chain mail. In addition to the trailer, the website has an extremely long, detailed synopsis that can be found inside.
Death, evil and fear surround the secret history of chain letters, a few of which have stayed alive across time and generations with terrible warnings that force recipients to ask:
If I break the chain, will something bad really happen?
Consider the 1978 case of Corey Davis, a prep athlete who laughed when he tossed a chain letter away – until authorities found him dead at the bottom of Lake Tolulemme wrapped in chains like a failed Houdini wannabe, the soggy remains of an ominous chain letter stuffed in his gaping mouth. The crime never was solved.
Or what about 17-year-old Talia Curtis, whose face was ripped off when a giant chain fell from a tree as she hurried though a New Jersey park in 1992 sobbing, a forgotten chain letter still tucked in her pocket? Police say the incident left her best friend in the Napa Institution for the Mentally Insane, where she sits all day murmuring, “The letter, the letter�.”
Some say the most menacing of these letters are descendants of the First Letter, a chain letter passed from Lucifer himself to a Dark Angel in an attempt to forward his Evil to everyone who fails to believe.
Fast forward to 2008, and a group of six friends from Carlson High School who receive a mysterious chain letter that moves from their email accounts and text messaging to a creepy little icon that begins haunting their My Space pages.
Who knew they should take the threats of these messages seriously? Or that chain letters can kill?
As the friends battle the curse or a perpetrator targeting them – how can they know for sure??? – friendships are tested once the ominous message begins killing them in the more gruesome ways imaginable, turning one friend against another, with “rules” that seem impossible to escape:
The chain letter must be passed to the person you know best and have seen over the past 24 hours. That person must open the letter. Break the chain and a horrible death awaits you. Beat it and you just might live.
Do you pass it on? Does friendship mean anything?