Director: Don Mancini
Writer: Don Mancini
Stars: Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Brennan Elliot, Danielle Bisutti
Running Time: 97 mins
Sub-Genre: Comedy, Slasher, Thriller, Gory
Release: October 2013
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.
Fan of 80's horror? Then in that case you must be a lover of Chucky, you know that little ginger doll who goes around and kills people? Yeah him. Well now, 2013 has brought us the latest sequel to the franchise that is Curse of Chucky. Premiering at the Film4 Fright-Fest in late August, Chucky fans have been going wild over the latest installment; me however, a horror fan who cares very little for the franchise, didn't quite find it as amusing as everyone else. Curse of Chucky was a big deal over a big nothing.
I never quite knew what to make of Curse of Chucky, from the snail-pace beginning to it's surprisingly great ending, it remained to be a mixed bag throughout, and although I was never really a fan to appreciate what Curse brings, I know simply as a horror fan that it didn't deliver all that it could have, a little bit of a missed opportunity you could say.
Chucky is, well... adventurous to say the least, and he is loved for that reason (and over the fact that he is a killer doll), but for some reason, Chucky doesn't quite feel himself in the newest entry, and ends up coming across as if he is too old for the exercise, so instead he carries out numerous lazy murders that don't quite say "Chucky". Sure he's back, and many say he's better than ever, but is he really? I mean you can sit through this film as say this is him at his best form? Yeah I don't think so.
Not enough Chucky and too much Haunted House crap is what drags the lastest installment down, and having the name 'Chucky' in the title doesn't float well when he is rarely seen until the final act. Sure, credit goes to Mancini for bringing back some old-school slasher elements, but to bring Chucky back you need to be willing to be daring, this film i'm afraid played it too safe. I can give it some points for trying, everyone loves a fighter, and that's what Curse is, it comes out kicking and screaming but doesn't quite land on it's feet, so even though it is fun to watch, it doesn't ever establish what it is trying to go for, so it just all feels a little 'mehh'.
Listen, I know I am coming across very negative here, I am fully aware, but don't feel that you need to go into this not being a fan of Chucky, you will not get the juicy elements one might who is a fan, so strictly, this is a fan flick only, and fans alone will be the only ones who will be able to appreciate the front and what's beneath the Curse of Chucky. Whether or not this was a good film I still don't know yet, whether or not i'd watch it again is still unclear, but what I do know is that it was fun.
Perhaps not as fun as it could have been, but still a pretty enjoyable flick, Curse sticks to the traditional rules to deliver a funny, gory and often intense movie experience that could delight that drunk who dares to sit at the screen and watch Chucky get some good old revenge. Pfft, let's be honest here, this film won't be getting any recognition any time soon if ever, but for a stormy night in it makes for a fun little watch, despite its slow pace. You will enjoy yourself, and you will enjoy Chucky's vulgar dig at the victims, but what you won't enjoy is the feeling that this franchise is growing with age, and Chucky may not be capable enough to carry more films; for the casual fan that may just be fine, for hardcore lovers, that could be a horrible thing.
Let's look on the bright-side shall we? Well to start off, it is superior of the lame Seed of Chucky, and is a step ahead of the surprisingly playful Bride of Chucky, and although it may be the best of the sequels, it just isn't special enough to remember; though the dinner table scene as predictable as it was, was surprisingly intense. The kills were good and the twist was fantastic, so fantastic that it made me change nearly my whole opinion on the film, fans of the franchise will eat up for Curse has to offer revolving around the twist department, and those like me are still likely to get a kick out of what it brings to the table. Let's just say it shouldn't be spoiled so look out!
VERDICT: Curse of Chucky may not do anything new for the casual horror fan and might come across as forced and predictable, but fans of the franchise should eat this up as a treat as this entry will surely get their hairs standing with excitement. Chucky may not be back with a bang, and seems to be growing old, but for a quiet night in, it makes for a fun watch.