• 18
  • Jennifer Chambers Lynch (2012)
  • US
  • 90 min
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

When comparing Jennifer Lynch's directorial career with that of father David, it's true to say she's had much less luck - her debut feature was the critical bomb Boxing Helena in 1993. Her fifth film is a vast improvement, though it isn't for everyone, being a violent study of a serial killer which questions whether society's abuse of women is genetic or learned. It opens with a young boy taking a taxi with his mother (Julia Ormond), who's brutally murdered in front of him. Flash-forward several years and the boy is now a terrified, withdrawn teenager (Eamon Farren) renamed Rabbit, who lives with his captor, Bob (Vincent D'Onofrio), in rural isolation. With Rabbit coming of age, Bob decides that it's time for his accomplice to become a killer, too. The scenes of torture and killing that follow are strong but not gratuitous, and the heavy air of malice is leavened by D'Onofrio's strangely human performance as the fatherly Bob. It may lack the style and wicked humour of her father's best work, but Chained is just as intelligent, and will likely find favour with horror audiences looking for something more thoughtful than another instalment of Saw.

Plot Summary

A serial killer discovers his latest victim has her son with her, so takes the child captive. He keeps the boy chained up in his house for years to come, moulding him into a murderous protege. As the youngster reaches manhood, he must choose between carrying on his captor's work or avenging his mother's death. Thriller, starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Eamon Farren and Evan Bird.

Cast and crew


Vincent D'Onofrio
Older Rabbit
Eamon Farren
Sarah Fittler
Julia Ormond
Conor Leslie
Younger Rabbit
Evan Bird


Jennifer Chambers Lynch

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Anchor Bay Films
Contains violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 1 Feb 2013
Certificate 18