July 16, 2015

Chain Mail Trailer Impressions: Horror Comes via Chain E-mail

Chain Mail is a Viva Films horror film written and directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr. which stars Meg Imperial, Shy Carlos, AJ Muhlach, Rose Van Ginkel, Caleb Santos, and Nadine Lustre slated for a July 22, 2015 theatrical release. Let's check out what this latest horror film from Viva Films has to offer.

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Chain Mail
Plot / Synopsis

A usual chain mail is forwarded to a group of people. Some pass it while others ignore. One dies and is followed by series of sudden and unexplainable deaths of others. Soon after, a revelation begins to unfold, the chain mail is cursed and so she has to find the origin and mystery behind to stop the misfortunes it may cause to anyone who fails to pass it before another life perish again. Sandra also suspects Anne is behind the tragic incidents that happened to their friends. Will she break the curse before it’s too late or will she become one of the victims?

Chain Mail 2015 Fiilipino horror movie about demons haunting 7 recipient of a cursed chain letter sent via e-mail

Resource: Official Youtube Trailer

Watch Chain Mail Official trailer here:

Chain Mail Official Trailer Impression
Chain Mail Film Trailer Review

So what is there to say about the Chain Mail official trailer? Let's start with the positives. On what we can observe from the trailer, the film uses some creepy practical effects and costumes for its featured demons which could also work against the Filipino horror flick. So that's basically what I can observe list down for the positives. Now down with the negatives...

Chain Mail 2015 Philippine horror movie monster unveiled in the trailer horror film trailer criticism

First, the premise. Chain letters via e-mails, really? This is the best premise that Viva green lit and the writer (and director) can come up in 2016? Guess, pass Philippine and international (mostly Asian) horror film titles and television horror shows have already been forgotten that they used this uninspired cliched theme again. Add in Nadine Lustre into the mix and you already have something that horror film goers will flock, right Viva? I guess anything for the "newer" generation of film going audience then. There is also something to be said on showing the demon featured in the film. While I mentioned that it is a positive of this trailer, it also works against it because the shock value is no longer there. The trailer so lamely showed what the demon looks like along with scenes on which very much cashes in to jump scares where the monster will be. This is what I don't like in trailers in general. That it tells and shows so much about the film that when you actually see the film, you already are aware of what is going to happen. Well there is always the mystery of what this demon and how would it be defeated, but how can you take a demon who takes it sweet time composing an e-mail to spread its evil via e-mail on which if you succeed you will be blessed and if not you will die? Who still believe in chain letters, messages, and e-mails nowadays anyways? The true horror is on how did those chain text (SMS) message about you winning a raffle promo which you or the people around you never participated on arrived in your phone and expect you to fall for it. That's the true horror that we can observe in today's society but that's not worth turning into a Filipino horror movie. Let's just stick with the tried and tested formula then, a film studio and screen writers might conclude. :D

Chain Mail 2015 horror film title card from viva films directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr starring Meg Imperial, Shy Carlos, AJ Muhlach, Rose Van Ginkel, Caleb Santos, Nadine Lustre

So how about you? What do you think of the demon shown in this trailer? Is the trailer scary enough for you and actually convince you to even spend a few pesos on it? Are you even a fan of Filipino horror films? What is your favorite horror film? Share your thoughts and opinion about the Chain Mail official trailer in the comments section below:
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