Chained (2012 movie)

2012 film by Jennifer Lynch

Chained is a 2012 Canadian psychological horror movie. It is about a cab-driving serial killer who stalks his victims on the streets. This movie was originally marked NC-17 (no children 17 and under admitted) by the MPAA.[1] It was edited downwards to an R. It was released theatrically in some countries, direct-to-video in the United States.[2]

The movie was first shown at Fantasia International Film Festival.[3]

Additionally, Troy Skog and Shannon Jardine play Bob's parents and Alexander Doerksen plays Colin. Amy Matysio appears as Mary, one of Bob's victims. Director Jennifer Lynch has a cameo as a cooking show host on TV.

Critical reception


Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian and Tim Robey from The Daily Telegraph both rated the movie 1/5 stars.[4] The earlier called it "a fantastically crass and fatuous-in other words, silly and pointless-serial killer movie." The latter thought that Chained was "a lurid disgrace."

On the opposite end, Lauren Taylor from Bloody Disgusting rated the movie 4/5 stars. Taylor wrote: "Chained takes a typical tale of an abused child and makes something that is Oscar worthy."[5] Rotten Tomatoes has the movie rated near 72% approval.[6]


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  2. "Review: Chained". Variety Magazine. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  3. "Fantasia Genre and Film Fest Books". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  4. "Chained Review". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  5. "D'Onofrio Steals Show". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  6. "Chained". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 11, 2019.