Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review - Curse of Chucky (2013)

Starring Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif and Danielle Bisutti.
Directed by Don Mancini.

Synopsis: Serial Killer Charles Lee Ray once again returns in the form of a Good Guy doll. Nica receives an odd package - a creepy doll. After people start showing up dead, Nica soon suspects this creepy doll is much more than just a doll.

These are my thoughts on the Curse of Chucky. It is the sixth installment in the Child's Play series and takes place four years after the dreadful Seed of Chucky. As you know, Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) is like a miniature version of Jason Voorhees; the guy just cannot die.

The movie opens up with a mysterious package sent to the home of Nica (Fiona Dourif) and her mother Sarah (Chantal Quesnelle). Guess what's in the package? None other than the murderous doll himself. At first, we are left in the dark about why or who sent the package to this home but the movie does explain itself towards the end and it isn't long before Chucky, well, starts doing Chucky things.

For the funeral of her mother, Nika's sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) along with her husband Ian (Brennan Elliot), their daughter Alice (Summer Howell) and nanny Jill (Maitland McConnell) decides to stay over at the house and that's where the fun began. We know that Chucky is going to go on his regular killing rampage but before that, we do get to know a little about our characters. We find out about their past and their relationships with one another. I had no issues with the acting.

The movie has that creepy atmosphere, not to mention gore. Like all the other Chucky movies before it, it is pretty ridiculous seeing these grown ass people getting chased around by a doll but at the same time, it is also very funny. Chucky is not Chucky without the voice of Brad Dourif and again, he brings his foul-mouthed dialogue, signature cackling laugh and makes the movie watchable and fun. Despite the film's atmosphere, I didn't get as much thrills and chills like from the first two films. The movie sorta played it safe.

I consider Curse of Chucky to be the third best movie of this franchise behind the first two films. Why? Because it gave us something none of the previous movies ever gave us -- it gave us the back-story of Charles Lee Ray (Chucky) and shows us the events that led to the first film. I like how the story was handled; it was unexpected and it really tied itself well enough to the first film. This time around, the movie wasn't just about a killer doll trying to find a body; it explored the theme of revenge too. I like how they integrated past characters -- leaving me a little nostalgic.

There were rumors of a Child's Play remake in 2014, but I think this sequel was a good idea giving us a bit of history. Curse of Chucky isn't a great film but I applaud its effort. If this idea was placed in serious hands, it could have been a hit.

Rating: 6.5/10

P.S - Stay for the end-credit scene.

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