Curse of Chucky – Child’s Play is Back!

Posted: October 5, 2013 in FILM REVIEWS/COMMENTS
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A family gather together for a funeral, only a killer doll has an old score to settle; and blood & mayhem ensue.

Opening in a creepy large house (complete with its own Diamonds are Forever lift), a mysterious death occurs in the first few minutes after a revamped ‘Good Guy’ doll is delivered. From the outset there’s an updated, excellently designed Chucky doll and Joseph Loduca’s melodic, yet eerie, music score sets the tone.

There’s plenty of atmosphere in this installment from series veteran Don Mancini (director/writer), with Curse sharing much with the Psycho films in design and pace. Brad Dourif again voices Chucky. The great one liners are fewer, a bit more poignant and cutting. There’s a few relationship surprises and story twists. Web-cam moment, stitches reveal and closing are particularly memorable, also there’s a great scene after the credits.

Some of the cast are debatably too polished, nevertheless, the horror elements are there and include the original mix of nannie, young child and a killer doll. The child actor Summer H. Howell is strong and wheelchair bound Fiona Douif (daughter of Brad) is notable as Nica.

Many scenes are effective with inbuilt tension and jump scares, notably the shower encounter and dinner gathering. With lingering camera movements and interesting angles, Mancini also leaves plenty to the imagination as some of the set ups take place off screen, that said there are lots of effects, blood and gore on display – decapitation, an electrocution, an empty eyeball socket and an axe attack to name a few.

There are lots of nice touches that are fitting to the modern Chucky doll, that mirror today’s toys, making him all the more menacing when he comes to ‘life’. Pupils dilate, his eyes are bloodshot, walking and running – Chucky is back better, creepier and badder than before. For die hard Child’s Play fans Dourif appears briefly in his serial killer Charles Lee Ray guise, some old photos and newspaper clippings feature Andy and scene’s link direct to the first installment.

What the production has saved on the lack of locations, to it’s credit, the money has been put into the excellent special effects. Mancini returns it to its Child’s Play roots while making references to the rest of the series including a great cameo from one of it’s most colourful characters.

It delivers with its back to horror basics approach, updated effects and Mancini’s Hitchcockian execution and links to its previous counterparts. This instalment is less likely to date than some of its predecessors. Recommended.

Curse of Chucky on IMDb

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