Release: Oct 8th, 2013 Rating: R/UR Run time: 97 min Starring: Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif Director: Don Mancini
What seems like forever (nine years to be precise), Chucky is finally back and in good form as well, as Curse of Chucky returns the Good Guy doll back to his roots of horror and goes a little easy on the humor this time around.
Short nitty-gritty plot description from IMDb is as follows: After her mother’s mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the
talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be
the key to recent bloodshed and chaos.
Chucky (Brad Dorif) sleeping next to Alice (Summer H. Howell), waiting for a goodnight kiss.
A mysterious package shows up at the house of Sarah and her daughter, Nica, which contains a good guy doll by the name of Chucky. It isn’t long after the package shows up, before murder and mayhem start up and Nica thinks it could possibly be the doll doing it, which of course as we already know, is exactly who is.
Curse of Chucky felt like a nice return to from for our favorite killer doll. The humor is reeled in from Seed of Chucky, but don’t worry, Brad Dourif, who has always provided the voice of Chucky, still has a blast with the role and gets some nice dark humorous lines for the good guy. The movie takes its time with the plot, setting up all the characters involved and building tension ever so slowly. There is one scene in particular, dealing with a rat poisoned meal and a terrific game of guess who is going to get poisoned at dinner.
Nica (Fiona Dourif) is starting to suspect that something is not quite right with that Good Guy doll.
For being a straight to DVD/VOD, Curse of Chucky is surprisingly well acted from everyone involved, with Fiona Dourif (daughter of Brad Dourif) doing a great job as the wheel chair bound girl, who has to fight for her life. Of course the highlight is obviously Brad Dourif, who easily steps back into the role of both Chucky and Charles Lee Ray, as we do get some nice back story on the events before the first Child’s Play, which was a nice treat for the fans. Speaking of treats, this movie is full of little nods here and there with the movie series and you’ll be pretty damn happy with a lot of the stuff that’s going to happen during the movies 97 min run time. I won’t spoil anything, but be sure to stay after the credits for a fun scene.
Shhh, Chucky (Brad Dorif) doesn’t want me to give away any spoilers.
I only have a few complaints, which are pretty minimal, but should be noted nevertheless. It took me a bit to get use to the CGI on Chucky, often used when Chucky is going to say or do something. It was pretty noticeable and it took away from the suspense, as you could easily see that the face changed and he is going to do something. Still, the movie did have a good helping of animatronic work and the CGI wasn’t that bad. However, I do miss the good ol’ days of Kevin Yagher’s work in the first Child’s Play. Last complaint, is some of the continuity issues that spring up come the end, that make things a little confusing if you are meant to believe that this movie takes place during a certain part of the Chucky timeline (sorry, trying to avoid spoilers).
Even with those small complains above, Curse of Chucky still has some great death scenes and the unrated version had a nice amount of gore and blood, which was great to see. The soundtrack does the job and has a nice beat, to keep the tension high during certain scenes and I was never bored.
Surprise MF! Chucky (Brad Dourif) is about to do what he does best.
Fans of Chucky/Child’s Play can rejoice in knowing that the series seems to have a found a good footing after stumbling with Seed of Chucky. Even though the movie is a little on the low side budget wise, this allowed the film makers (Child’s Play writer Don Mancini writing and directing) to take their time with the story, reel in the absurdness of the series and bring us back to what we want most, Chucky killing people with style and keeping himself hidden, until the right moment strikes. Curse of Chucky wants to be your friend to the end and I think you would be wise to accept the friendship, or else…