Curse of Chucky (2013)
Starring: Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti
Running time: 97mins.
Directed By: Don Mancini.
Don Mancini returns again with the living doll Chucky for the first time in nine years with the sequel Curse of Chucky. Mancini has been there since the start with 1988’s Childs Play and is responsible for creating Chucky and wrote all the movies in the series, directing the last two. After twenty five years since Chucky first came to be, what better time to release another sequel in the series? Well after watching this, I think we could’ve waited a bit longer.
This movie is a family affair, on screen and off as Brad Dourif returns again to voice the maniacal mini monster and in this instalment of the franchise his daughter Fiona (Playing the lead character Nica) joins in on the mayhem. There were talks in 2008 from Mancini of a reboot of the series, seeing the character fresh and renewed for modern day fans. But instead a sequel was chosen and was made for direct to DVD too.
This movie is a more back to basics approach from the team, removing the whacky comedy elements of the previous films and returning Chucky back to his hauntingly creepy presence from the original classic Childs Play. Gone are the over the top jokes and innuendos and in its place are dark quips and one liners more appropriate for the evil doll. The movie introduces us to a new family accepting the demon doll into their home and dealing with the loss of life that ensues.
There’s good and bad points about this movie and what I think works is the setting. The family home where the events take place is shown to be big, dark, and scary. There are shadows aplenty for Chucky to appear in and out of over the course of the movie. The storm and darkness add to the story and is probably more of a character than any of the humans in this film. The handling of Chucky is also I think well-handled as we aren’t constantly seeing him on camera, it takes 45 minutes into the movie before you hear him even speak! Before that, it’s all built up tension and scares with the doll and the killing that goes on. There’s elements of this movie that goes back to what was successful in Childs play, but is let down by some of the cast.
The characters are hollow and unlikable and more likely to be seen on daytime American drama (Including a priest, whom you have no idea why he’s there). It’s hard to care about anyone, barely cheering on Nica as she copes with the demon doll; the character development is so poor. The sister (Bisutti) and her nanny and husband are bland, one dimensional characters, and other characters feel forced, or shoe horned in just to up the body count. The script is full of holes and the pacing at times goes too far to the point of boredom. It suffers from predictability which is unfortunate as the premise is good, but execution poor.
The effects for the kills are excellent and each death is vicious and detailed in its blood splattering goodness. Plenty of original and varied if not brutal deaths awaits the not so innocents, but does not make up for the horrendous acting polluting it for the first half of the movie. Once Chucky finally gets going the movie ramps up the violence factor and we get to see the pretty stunning effects for the doll himself. The many faces of chucky appear in this including a great scene involving him unmasking.
The end of the movie I found awkward, and clunky. It’s like when the movie finally got going they didn’t know how to end it. In one of the best parts of the film, it interlinks the origin story of serial killer Charles Lee Ray before he crashes into the toy shop where he would eventually transfer his soul into the Chucky doll that created a franchise of horror. It’s cleverly done, and fans of the character will get a glimpse of Dourif before the becoming the doll.
It doesn’t know how to end, and I found it slightly awkward, especially as there is a scene after the credits roll that kind of leaves you feeling befuddled. Fans of the series will appreciate seeing him on the screen again, but could be left feeling that after nine years, they could have waited longer before bringing him back to our screens. This looks to be a re-introduction to the character, so expect more sequels or even a re-boot to come, but on this evidence with Mancini involved, id keep the doll in his package.
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What I liked? : Less zany whacky chucky, creepy house, body count and variety of kills.
What I didn’t like? : Not enough Chucky, poor story, poor characters, cheap feel, bad ending, predictable from start to finish.