Note: Curse of Chucky is currently playing on VOD and is available digitally. The Blu-Ray will release on October 8, 2013.
After finding her mother dead, Nica (Fiona Dourif) brings her family to her home where they start getting offed by the murderous doll, Chucky!
Curse of Chucky, directed by series creator Don Mancini, is a blast of a film. Foregoing the silliness of both Bride of Chucky and, more importantly, Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky returns to the slightly tongue in cheek horror of the series earlier entries. Mancini has always known that the concept of a killer doll is inherently silly and reins in the over the top silliness in favor of a more streamlined horror film. Yes, Chucky gets in some good one liners, but this time around, he is a killer again and his motivations are darker than we have become used to seeing out of the character.
The film opens with the delivery of a package to Nica’s mother. Opening the package, she discovers a ‘Good Guy’ doll. As an audience, we know it is Chucky. What is curious, though, is that he is not torn up like he was in the last two entries. So, the question is, is this a reboot? Is this a sequel? Well, dear readers, that will be answered by the time you finish the film. (It’s a sequel.)
The next morning, Nica finds her mother dead and assumes it was an accident. Her family then comes to her aid, as Nica is wheelchair bound. Her sister, her sister’s husband, her niece, and her niece’s babysitter show up with a priest to help with the arrangements for the mother. Soon, though, the cracks in the families relationships begin showing and the murderous doll begins to take advantage of the situation, picking them off one by one.
What is interesting about this film is that it is very contained. It mainly takes place inside Nica’s home and has a very limited cast of characters. It is not overly complex, and it doesn’t need to be. You are given a chance to learn who the character are and they are all given their little moments to shine as actors. While none of the characters are particularly likable, even Nica who is confined to a wheelchair, they come across as real. While they are not overtly unlikable, they are realistic and this means that they are not the best people in the world. They come across as human, not a cinematic version of human. This was an interesting choice in the film and I think it actually works to the benefit of the film.
After watching the film, though, I find myself curious as to why this went straight to video. Even though it had a smaller budget, Mancini has made the most of it. The film clearly deserved a theatrical release, especially this October where the horror pickin’s are slim. This film could have cleaned up at the box office during this horror drought we are experiencing.
To really say any more about the film would be to spoil the surprises that are in store for you. For a straight to video horror film, this is head and shoulders above my next review (Fright Night 2: New Blood). This film deserved to be shown in theaters. The fact that it wasn’t doesn’t mean you should shrug it off, though. It is a well made horror film that is a lot better than it had a right to be. Mancini clearly loves the character of Chucky and has made a wonderful film that washes its hands of the overly silly of the last entry. *** out of ****
BIZZAM!! Fun Facts
- Brad Dourif reprises his role as the voice of Chucky . . .and Charles Lee Ray.
- Fiona Dourif, who plays Nica, is the daughter of Brad Dourif.
- This is the longest film in the series. It runs 97 minutes.
- This is the first film in the series to feature Dourif as Charles Lee Ray since the first film, Child’s Play.