Jennifer Lynch’s Chained Trailer Released
The trailer for Jennifer Lynch’s “Chained,” starring Vincent D’Onofrio, was released this past week, and there is no surprise that the MPAA is sticking firmly to an NC-17 rating for this chilling horror film. In the film “Chained” Vincent D’Onofrio plays the role of Bob, a taxi cab driver/serial killer, who kidnaps a young mother and her son.
The trailer for “Chained” starts off with a cab ride that seems to take a major detour. Bob takes the mother and son to his home, murders the mother, and keeps the young son as his chained captive. The young boy (Younger Rabbit) is played by Evan Bird (The Killing, Fringe), and as the boy grows up, the role of Older Rabbit is played by Eamon Farren (X: Night of Vengeance).
In the trailer the voice of Bob is deep, slow, and extremely creepy. I’m not sure that the character of Bob could get any creepier than it already is. He tells Younger Rabbit, “You will have one job. You will do as I say. You clean up my house. You only eat what I’ve left on my plate. This is your world. You will serve me for the rest of your life.”
The Younger “Rabbit” witnesses the gory, bloody, horrific death of his mother, and Bob wants to raise Rabbit as his murderous protégé. It is not until much later in Rabbit’s life that an outsider discovers him. From the looks of the trailer, it appears that the lady that finds him is also murdered, and perhaps Rabbit is finally able to step up to Bob.
Jennifer Lynch, the director of “Chained,” is no stranger to horrifying, NC-17 films. She was the mastermind of the 1993 film “Boxing Helena.” In “Boxing Helena,” a surgeon is infatuated with a love interest from his past. He is unable to come to terms with the fact that the relationship has ended, so he holds the woman hostage. He begins to amputate her limb by limb over time so that she cannot escape. “Boxing Helena” was one of the most horrifying and nightmare inducing films I have ever seen.
Jennifer Lynch described “Boxing Helena” as, “I see it as a love story, not a horror film. The image of Venus de Milo is so powerful. Obsessive love is like a series of amputations as you steal from one another. It’s inviting, exciting, animalistic. I’ve been there; I’ve been drawn to it.” But she also stated at one point, “The film became a huge target and it never had a chance. I’d be lying if I told you it all didn’t really mess my head up.” Although “Boxing Helena” scored highly in creepiness factor, it was not scored highly overall by critics
Although I really enjoy horror films, the story line for “Chained” just seems too over the top. I’m not sure that I could stomach seeing a young boy chained up in this condition. But I can give Jennifer Lynch kudos for exploring this nightmare inducing psychological territory. And when it comes to the NC-17 rating I’m not sure that any amount of editing could bring that rating back down to an R.
“Chained,” directed by Jennifer Lynch, stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Julia Ormond (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), Jake Weber (“Medium”), Gina Phillips, Eamon Farren. “Chained” opens August 5th, 2012
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