Curse of Chucky (Unrated)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Nica (Fiona Dourif)- an attractive paraplegic- lives in a creepy mansion with her overbearing mother, who soon dies under mysterious circumstances. Nica’s estranged sister comes to help with the burial, her family in tow. Soon, they start being picked-off one-by-one. Can all this have something to do with a “Good-Guy” doll that was recently delivered to the family home? Duh!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I’m a big fan of the CHILD’S PLAY movies, although my reasons are probably unconventional. Sure, I grew up watching the original trilogy at sleepovers (I never found them scary), but as the films got campier, I liked them more. To me, BRIDE OF CHUCKY is the series high-point (an opinion shared by series mastermind Don Mancini- who I interviewed at Fantasia this year), although I also really enjoyed the divisive SEED OF CHUCKY.
As such, a throwback to the darker, earlier films of the franchise is not an especially intriguing thought for me. But, I still had a good time with CURSE OF CHUCKY, which, it must be said, is far FAR better than most it’s DTV counterparts from Universal. Directed by Mancini himself, CURSE is well acted and atmospheric. Fiona Dourif is Brad Dourif’s (Chucky!) daughter, and makes an appealing lead, who I hope comes back if we get another Chucky film (which I’m sure we will). The “old dark house” vibe is also a unique way of stretching the budget while making the movie feel different.
As for Chucky’s much-maligned “facelift”, fans shouldn’t worry. Watch the movie, and you’ll understand.
Fans will be thrilled at the bounty of extras included on the Blu-ray. First, there’s an unrated cut which is far gorier than what I saw at the Fantasia Film Festival in July. There’s also an engaging commentary by Fiona Dourif and Mancini, a gag reel , two featurettes, deleted scenes , storyboard comparisons and The Chucky Legacy .
While I much prefer my CHUCKY movies to be campy like BRIDE and SEED, I suppose I’m in the minority here. While CURSE isn’t quite where I hoped the series would go, it can’t be denied the movie is stylishly directed, and well-acted by an able cast. The last twenty minutes are packed with Easter eggs for the series’ fans, and if you like Chucky (who doesn’t?) checking this out is a no-brainer.