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Curse of Chucky (2013)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Don Mancini

Starring:
Brad Dourif /Chucky
Fiona Dourif/Nica
Danielle Bisutti/Barb
Maitland McConnell/Jill
PLOT-CRUNCH
After her mom checks out permanently and her visiting family members start dropping like O.Ding crack whores, paraplegic hottie Nica (Fiona Dourif) begins to suspect that the "Good Guy" doll that came in the mail may be behind all the death that's in the air. Yeah... she's right. CHUCKY BITCHES!!!!
THE LOWDOWN

I'm a big fan of the CHILD'S PLAY franchise. I've actually seen every single film in the series in theaters! Now we haven't tangoed with the red-headed killer doll since the fun and mucho underrated SEED OF CHUCKY in 2004 (which Chucky creator Don Mancini also directed). Yup it's been a while! Thankfully Mancini has gone back to his rubber bastard-child to give us more Chuck for our bucks! I am surprised that this new sequel got the home release treatment. But hey, thankfully for me, I got to see this one on the big screen courtesy of the Fantasia Film Festival, so my "in theatres" Chucky streak is still intact.  

I'll be the first to spit that when I first heard that CURSE OF CHUCKY was going straight to home release, I was a bit concerned. We all know how STD sequels to high end titles usually come out; not so good, on the cheap, mostly there to make a buck off the franchise's name (the sad sack Blu-Ray cover they whipped up for CURSE OF CHUCKY didn't lessen my fears of it being subpar that's for sure). The only hope that I had in terms of CURSE OF CHUCKY not being a soulless cash-in was that Chucky's Daddy Don Mancini was being behind it as he wrote and directed it. So was I right in putting my chips on The Don? You bet I was!

CURSE OF CHUCKY was much better than it should have been. I mean this is a 25 years old franchise for Crom's sakes (shit I'm old), one with 5 sequels under its belt! But low and behold, Don Mancini pulled it off by having pretty much all of his bases covered. In a wise move, having gone all the way with the comedic angle in SEED OF CHUCKY, Part 6 went back to the series roots; focusing on mystery and suspense. Even though at this point we all know the doll is alive and that it has a penchant for slicing, cussing and dicing; the film kept me on my toes none the less by giving me a tantalizing storyline and characters/relationships that I cared about while toying with my expectations. The result was some random tension and a couple of back-handing plot turns and gory left hooks that I didn't see coming.

Visually, Mancini (well backed by DP Michael Marshall) made the most of his moody main location; a Gothic mansion, with creaking doors, a cobweb filled attic, a mini elevator i.e. an ideal playpen for a horror film. Hats off to to the dude, as his voice as a director was loud and clear here! I relished the slew of slow push-ins, extreme close-ups, the high angle shots, the way he handled his flashbacks (black and white, with some color), that wide shot slow motion high fall (f*cking nice) and his handful of money shots (reflection in knife, reflection in puddle of blood...sweet!) It reminded me of old school Giallos at times, think Argento or Bava on top of their games. That in itself is a huge compliment. Mancini's career thus far has been mostly about the “Good Guy” with the knife and with this entry I hope that yes; it brings us more Chucky movies with Mancini at the helm (and I'm sure it will) but also that it will get the man some outside gigs on non psycho-doll related projects. He's got the skills! Recognize!

The cast on the chopping block was also up the task! Brad Dourif was of course a riot once again as the voice of Chucky (And as a wig whoring Charles Lee Ray... you'll see!), I loved to hate, wanted to nail Danielle Bisutti's sexy character (so mission accomplished) while Brennan Elliott and Maitland McConnell were affable and had presence. But at the end of the neck snap this was Fiona Dourif's show and the lass was more than up to the challenge as the paraplegic lead gal. This was the first that I saw the actress onscreen and she simply blew me away! She had so many varied notes to hit via this difficult part and she tapped them all with gusto. It also helped that the camera simply loved her. A revelation for me! I will keep tabs on her career from now on. Add to all that Arrow love, some grisly kills (and I saw the R rated version), groovy nods to previous Chucky films that will please the fans but leave the newbies in the dust (you're loss, do your homework), the occasional laughs, "some" left field yet sweet continuity in terms of BRIDE and SEED OF CHUCKY and an ending that left the door wide open for more Chuck in the Box mayhem and you get a Child's Play sequel that delivered!

Any drawbacks? Some. I wasn't 100% on the look of the doll, which often changed from shot to shot. At a certain point he looked like an Asian Hooker Chucky for some reason. Don't get me wrong, the doll effects were solid (they used lots of the tricks they had used in the original), Chucky just had too many looks. Not a huge deal, but I noticed! The score (by Joseph LoDuca) also didn't do it for me half the time, it had an almost Tales from the Crypt theme song kind of vibe to it and it lessened the suspense in places. I would have gone for something more sinister but hey what do I know! And was it me or did the little girl (ably played by Summer H. Howell) VANISH during the last act of the picture? I forgot she was in the movie for a while there. Finally, I picked up on one minor plot-hole during the epilogue and the film somewhat suffered from the one ending too many syndrome. With that, the latter was for a good cause (pleasing the long time fans of the franchise) so it's hard for me to hold it against it. NOTE: Stay tuned after the end credits for a BIG surprise! You'll love it!

So all in all THE CURSE OF CHUCKY was a blast and a great way for me to start my day! It was a well shot, thrilling, funny and brutal horror party! Fans of the franchise should dig it and will surely lap up all the surprises having to do with the past Chucky entries (no I won't spoil them). Sorry Jack! Chuck's back and in tip-top form at that! Who's not happy!

GORE
I saw the R rated version sadly, but even then the flick was gory enough! We get a chopped off head, gouged out eye, ripped off jaw, stabbings and more! Chucky got messy! All good!
T & A
We get Maitland McConnell looking finer than red wine on a Sunday afternoon in her bra and panties.
BOTTOM LINE
It's been 9 years since Chucky eviscerated the screen and THE CURSE OF CHUCKY was well worth the wait for this "Good Guy" fan! Well written, stylishly shot with stellar acting (Fiona Dourif so owned it) and enough zany turns, gory kills and cool nods to past films from the series to please! Granted the score didn't do it for me half the time, the doll's look kept weirdly changing, I picked up on one plot hole and the lead kid oddly disappeared during the last act, but all in all, I had a hoot (yes a hoot) with this one! I didn't think it would be THIS good. Don't let the STD tag fool ya, this was a big screen worthy flick! Welcome back Chuck! I doubt it's the last we'll see of ya!
BULL'S EYE
Fiona Dourif is Brad Dourif's daughter in real life.

The flick was shot in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I can't stress this enough: stay tuned till after the end credits!

The movie will be released on October 8, 2013
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10:24AM on 09/27/2013

Sorry Jack Chucky's back!

Watched it last night (R-rated version version I think). The first part of the movie drags a bit until Chucky starts to work his mojo and this film falls back into the horror element (I liked Bride but Seed was too much with Glenn) Two fun bonuses one before the credits and one after so be sure to watch to the end.
Watched it last night (R-rated version version I think). The first part of the movie drags a bit until Chucky starts to work his mojo and this film falls back into the horror element (I liked Bride but Seed was too much with Glenn) Two fun bonuses one before the credits and one after so be sure to watch to the end.
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1:48PM on 09/25/2013

EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS BIG TIME!!!

Damn! I had a great time with this film! I jumped, I bit my nails in suspense, and I was creeped out! Chucky was thankfully kept in the shadows, bringing the fear back to the series, and the movie became about the characters! Nica made for an AMAZING final girl (but still not as good as You're Next's Erin)...and Fiona Dourif was must FABULOUS in the role. I hope she becomes a scream queen :) We need a new generation of scream queens and Fiona has it. The kills were bloody and practical
Damn! I had a great time with this film! I jumped, I bit my nails in suspense, and I was creeped out! Chucky was thankfully kept in the shadows, bringing the fear back to the series, and the movie became about the characters! Nica made for an AMAZING final girl (but still not as good as You're Next's Erin)...and Fiona Dourif was must FABULOUS in the role. I hope she becomes a scream queen :) We need a new generation of scream queens and Fiona has it. The kills were bloody and practical and I liked the characters. The comedy was kept to a minimum and when it showed up, it worked! It never once overshadowed the horror elements, which the other sequels did in my opinion.
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10:35AM on 09/10/2013

I'm so confused...

A childs play sequel that is worth watching?? What mother had to sacrifice her child for this to happen? I will have to check this out now, I just really hate the new down syndrome look of chucky.
A childs play sequel that is worth watching?? What mother had to sacrifice her child for this to happen? I will have to check this out now, I just really hate the new down syndrome look of chucky.
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12:41PM on 08/10/2013
At Unholy: We had a big in our system that kept changing the ratings on my reviews. It,s is fixed now. So yeah 3 on 10 was during the bug...
At Unholy: We had a big in our system that kept changing the ratings on my reviews. It,s is fixed now. So yeah 3 on 10 was during the bug...
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8:07AM on 08/09/2013
Im confused......a positive review but the score is 3/10.....must be a mistake I am assuming
Im confused......a positive review but the score is 3/10.....must be a mistake I am assuming
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8:33PM on 08/04/2013
Good to read positive stuff from you, i Was a lil concerned about Thas moveis.
Good to read positive stuff from you, i Was a lil concerned about Thas moveis.
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4:44PM on 08/03/2013
Definitely more excited for this one after reading your review.
Definitely more excited for this one after reading your review.
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8:51PM on 08/02/2013

i'll watch this...

but for right now, i just can't get past his face. it looks like he had bad plastic surgery. though your review gives me a bit of hope.
but for right now, i just can't get past his face. it looks like he had bad plastic surgery. though your review gives me a bit of hope.
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6:54PM on 08/02/2013
3/4 - alright!
3/4 - alright!
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4:49PM on 08/02/2013

Curse Of Chucky

Good to hear, will definitely pick this up on Bluray!
Good to hear, will definitely pick this up on Bluray!
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4:20PM on 08/02/2013

Didn't read the whole review...

Just the rating and the bottom line. I'll read the whole thing after i digest this bad boy on blu ray. So relieved you gave it a positive review. I knew mancini wouldn't let me down!
Just the rating and the bottom line. I'll read the whole thing after i digest this bad boy on blu ray. So relieved you gave it a positive review. I knew mancini wouldn't let me down!
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