Curse of Chucky
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Film: Curse of Chucky
Director: Don Mancini
Writer: Don Mancini
Starring: Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti and Brad Dourif
This was a movie that I’ll be honest; I didn’t have high hopes for when I took it home as a pre-street from Family Video. I grew up mostly on the third movie in the series as it was always on the movie challenges. I also liked the second one quite a bit. Outside of that, Bride of Chucky was interesting in its way, but Seed I’ve seen once and didn’t care for it. This one worked for me though after that first viewing. The synopsis here is after her mother’s mysterious death, Nica (Fiona Dourif) 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.
We start this movie off getting to meet Sarah (Chantel Quesnelle) who is the mother to Nica. Nica is wheelchair bound and it seems to be from birth. Nica was going to college but dropped out and her mother is protecting her. She isn’t very nice about it though. A package is delivered and it is addressed to Sarah. She opens it to find a Good Guy doll. That night, a scream wakes up Nica and she goes to check to find her mother murdered.
To help out with the funeral, Nica’s sister shows up with her family. The sister is Barb (Danielle Bisutti). She is married to Ian (Brennan Elliott), who is struggling work wise currently. There is also their live-in nanny of Jill (Maitland McConnell). Ian can’t seem to keep his eyes off her. There is also their daughter of Alice (Summer H. Howell). Joining them is Father Frank (A Martinez). We learn that Sarah and Nica left the church some time ago, but Frank is there if she needs him.
It is around this time that Nica notices that the Good Guy doll is missing. Alice finds it and where she does is a cause of confusion for Nica. Alice learns his name is Chucky. We soon see that Chucky is alive. He poisons one of the bowls of chili for dinner and that is just the beginning of the mayhem.
That is where I’m going to leave my recap for this movie and what I find enjoyable about this movie is that it is getting back to form of the Child’s Play series. What is interesting is that this plays like a reboot for a good part of it. We know this is a sequel from research that Nica does that confirms events of the past happened. This movie plays with the idea that only Nica and Alice know the doll is alive. It takes the former a bit to realize it and Alice being a kid, no one will believe her. This is taking it back more to the slasher roots as well.
Something I found interesting is how many of the characters are unlikeable. The movie also plays with troupes of this as well. Nica is handicapped but doesn’t want to be treated that way. Barb is convinced that her sister cannot do anything to help herself and wants her to move into an assisted living facility. This is in part that her family is struggling monetarily so she wants to sell the house. She is mean to her husband, so it makes you think that he’s interested in Jill. I’ll say, this young woman is attractive. There was an interesting reveal there that makes a lot of sense as well.
I want to shift the focus next to Chucky. Now the last two films we saw him, he has the stitched-up face. This movie here has a more traditional look, which made me think reboot. I did like a reveal later in this movie to in fact confirm, every movie leading up to this happened. There is a shift in Chucky as well that he might not necessarily being trying to get out of the body and embracing what being inside of the doll means. Having seen the next movie in line, I know something there that I won’t spoil, but we get a bit of that here. Chucky is quite brutal with some things that happen in the unrated cut here.
Since I’ve delved into the character, I’ll go next to the acting. Brad Dourif is back as the voice of Chucky. He’s a great actor in general and he owns this character for me. That isn’t to say the remake isn’t good, but it is hard to top an actor who has taken it on for as long as he has. I liked that his real-life daughter of Fiona taking on the role of Nica here. She does a good job and it is this movie that I find her the most attractive. Bisutti, Elliott and McConnell are all solid. They are flawed. Bisutti doesn’t have any redeemable qualities, but the other two show a bit. McConnell is also quite attractive. I’d say the acting on the whole is solid.
Then the last thing that I wanted to go into here would be the effects. It looks to be like they did as much with Chucky as they could practically. There are a few times where there is something off about the face and I’m assuming it was because they were going to have it move in a certain way. That took me out of the movie, I’ll be honest. Aside from that, I think most of the kills look good. There is a bit of CGI that didn’t hold up, but not as much as I thought. There is some solid cinematography here as well.
So then in conclusion, this movie surprised me the first time I saw it and I think it is still solid. I like them going back more to their roots from where the series was going. The voice acting of Dourif as Chucky is on point. Fiona Dourif is solid as our lead and the rest of the cast is solid. I’m middle of the road when it comes to the effects while the soundtrack fit for what was needed. There are some decisions made in this movie that don’t make sense. Some of it can be chalked up to a slasher movie, but I want a bit more from this series. For me, this is movie is over average, but just coming up short to go higher.
My Rating: 6.5 out of 10