Written by J. Weagle
Friends ’til the end.
It’s been nearly a decade since we last saw everyones favourite killer doll on the screen. Chucky has had a rough history both in terms of what his character has gone through as well as the ups and downs in the quality of his movies. Growing up, like many I was always a big fan of the Child’s Play movies, it was a truly great horror trilogy filled with some good kills and just the right amount of humour sprinkled in. Than Chucky returned to the big screen only this time he was getting married in Bride of Chucky which people either enjoy or didn’t. Overall I thought it was good for some laughs, but ultimately fell short of the previous three films. What comes after marriage? Children, and that’s when we got the horrendous Seed of Chucky which was so bad that it damn near ended this series forever.
I would have been happy with that, I mean honestly what else can they do to this killer doll? Any actual suspense had been completely butchered off, and perhaps it was time to put the good guy to rest. Well, as we know now – no killer is ever truly dead in this modern age of cinema we live in filled with sequels and remakes. That’s why I could only sigh when they announced ‘Curse of Chucky’ close to ten years later.
Wheelchair-bound Nica (Fiona Dourif) and her mother live alone in a secluded mansion. When a mysterious package holding a vintage Good Guys doll named Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) is delivered to their doorstep, they think it’s just a mistake. After being tossed in the trash, Chucky is found sitting near the bloody corpse of Nica’s mother. As the house fills up with guests for the funeral, the body count rises. The malevolent soul inside Chucky needs a body to inhabit, and Nica’s niece meets his deranged requirements.
Original creator and director Don Mancini brings the Child’s Play movies full circle with Curse of Chucky. After the previous two entries in the series that I would consider more camp and cheap humour than horror, he re-injects this entry with a healthy dose of suspense and thrills. His choice of an old dark mansion also helps by giving the film a classic Gothic atmosphere, and serves as the entire setting.
It’s an interesting film in that it manages to set somewhere in the middle of the classic 80’s Child’s Play movies, and the more recent light hearted comedic Chucky. Probably the most impressive thing is that somehow they managed that balance without losing it for even a second. It really is the ultimate Chucky film in that it completely delves into the history of the franchise, reaching all the way back – to even go as far as to mention Andy (the original hero) from the first Child’s Play trilogy.
It’s as funny as you expect it to be, and just hearing Dourif’s voice again put a smile on my face. Before or after a kill there is usually a one liner that made me feel like I was transported back to the early 90’s.
Not all is great, and there are of course some huge plot holes (examples being the phones never work, cell phones can’t get signals yet somehow they are able to connect to the internet to research Charles Lee Ray) along with a few more. I was able to put all that nonsense aside however, after all it is a movie about a soul stealing freckle faced doll who has a body count.
I wasn’t sure about Curse of Chucky at first because I didn’t know what it was intended to be. My first thought was that it was a remake, and from the early stages of this movie it appears as though that’s what we are going to get. What I love here is that Mancini didn’t go that route, and instead of cowering into a complete reboot of the franchise he bit the bullet and continued the journey, only making improvements. I’m actually quite surprised that Curse of Chucky didn’t get a theatrical release. The film really does a great job revitalizing the series and reminding genre fans why they fell in love with the deranged character in the first place.