Curse of Chucky Review


Curse of Chucky DVDGrowing up in the 80’s as a child and a fan of horror movies, naturally one of the franchises that hit home with me was Child’s Play. The innocence of Andy Barclay and the terror of Chucky was something that I had felt late at night in my bedroom, alone in the dark and at the heart of the Child’s Play franchise was the dichotomy of the two childhood characters. At least in the first 3.

After that, with Bride of Chucky, like all franchises from that time period, it became self aware and more a parody of what it had started as than an outright horror film. And then, much like the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, Freddy’s Dead in particular, the series truly jumped the shark when it went from horror comedy to total self parody in Seed of Chucky, and like Freddy’s Dead, Seed all but killed the franchise.

And then, with the early 00’s release of the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Freddy Vs Jason, interest in the franchises from the golden age of slashers began to rise from the dead, much like the characters in the films themselves.

Remake after remake was proof enough that interest in good franchise slashers still lived and like Friday the 13th, TCM and Nightmare before it, talk began to circulate of a remake of Child’s Play and like the others before it, groans of pain arose from the fandom.

However, instead of the much talked about remake, Don Mancini, creator of Chucky decided that a remake was a mistake and instead served up a heaping helping of Curse of Chucky.

Nica, a young wheelchair bound woman is forced to pick up the pieces after the sudden death of her mother, but when the family gets together to settle up the estate, Nica begins to suspect the doll her young niece has been playing with may have more to do with her family than anyone could possibly know.

With this simple plot, Don Mancini brings Chucky back to his roots as a full fledged horror film. Gone are the witty one liners and self referential moments. In taking Chucky back to his humble beginnings, we also loose many of the elements that had been set up, continuity wise (specifically Tiffany and Glen/Glenda), yet at the same time, Curse does exactly what a sequel should do – give us the Chucky that we know and love while adding to the mythos of the character.

Little has ever been said about Charles Lee Ray, the man prior to Chucky and in Curse, we get more of his motivations, his life before the doll and what his original crimes were. Brad Dourif reprises the role he has played since the beginning and actually gets some screen time through flashbacks as we explore the connection between Ray and Nica’s family.

And speaking of Nica, Curse truly becomes a family affair as Nica is played by Dourifs own daughter, and played quite well at that.

When pictures began to leak onto the internet, it was apparent that Chucky got a bit of a redesign. Gone were the scars from Bride and Seed which lead many to wonder how exactly this would fit into the already established time line, and without giving anything away, I will say that this movie fits snugly in the series. Also, a bit of a heads up, stick around for a post credit sequence that features a cameo that will give long time fans some warm fuzzies and brings the series around full circle.

Curse of Chucky is exactly what we wanted in a Child’s Play sequel and more. Despite this being a direct to video/VOD movie, it feels like a big budget Hollywood sequel with some fine directing on Mancini’s part and tight camera work, keeping Chucky right where he belongs.

Is this a perfect movie? No, but if you are a fan of Chucky, you will find much to love in this sequel. Hopefully this will start a trend. Stop with the remakes, and if you have to give us more of the familiar faces that we know from our youths, give us a continuation to the series with as much love, respect and heart that Curse displayed.

4 / 5 stars     


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      1. Mike September 28, 2013 at 5:26 pm

        Loved the movie. Chucky is, and has been, a favorite of mine for 25 years. I even have him tattooed on me. The after credit sequence was the only thing I didn’t like.

      2. Drew September 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm

        “but if you are a fan of Chucky, you will find much to love in this sequel” I’m a huge fan of Chucky & I thought this movie was absolutely terrible. This was supposed to remind me of the first few films, it did nothing of the sort. I actually cared what happened to the characters in the first ones, this was just kill after kill. I pre-ordered the Complete Collection, this along with seed will collect dust.

      3. iAssassin September 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm

        Probably like most others, seeing yet another chucky movie coming out always stung a little, having enjoyed them when they were horror movies and not the latest batch of comedies as so well put in the review. Having read this review I will seek out this movie and hopefully reignite some interest in this franchise I thought lost long ago

        • DarkwingMantis September 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm

          What worried me most was what it was going to do with the continuity, as I am a big fan of series continuity in any franchise. I was happily surprised with it. Give it a shot

      4. Tiago September 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm

        I loved that movie. It is very good. Very tense, creepy and gory. I was really afraid of the old movies when I was a kid, and I guess that activated a fear switch in my brain. Cause that movie was scary. One of the best movies of the year.
        I got 2 questions only:
        Ain’t Tiffany supposed to be dead?
        What happened in the 6 month gap between the end scene and the post credit scene?

        • DarkwingMantis September 28, 2013 at 7:37 pm

          No, if you will remember back in Seed of Chucky, both Tiffany and Glenda/Glen jumped bodies. Tiffany into “Jennifer Tilley’s” and Glenda into the kids body

      5. Tiago September 29, 2013 at 6:35 am

        I never got through that movie. Tried to watch it 2 times, but I think it is just so bad.
        Thanks for the answer.

      6. Mike New September 29, 2013 at 8:56 am

        I am so excited even more on seeing this movie. Thank you for the review. I keep checking thru my uverse to see if it is on the featured/PPV movies but not seeing anything yet.

      7. Salvatore September 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

        I thought it was great!

      8. taker1 September 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

        I absolutely loved the film, it was back to the horror Chucky but with a few nods to the comedy for the fans who liked that (I happen to like all the films and have no issue with the wise cracking Chucky).

      9. idleprimate October 7, 2013 at 9:12 pm

        I’ll be glad to see chucky return to horror. Nice review

      10. Bradley Richard Van De Vort October 7, 2013 at 9:58 pm

        I enjoyed this new addition to the Child’s Play franchise. I thought that Brad Dourif’s daughter, Fiona Dourif gave an impressive performance. I think Mancini chose wisely, in bringing the horror element back into the equation. Chucky definitely disposed of his victims in new inventive ways. Well done. Now don’t wait ten years to release another sequel.

      11. Anton October 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

        Wait a second… They still are making a remake aren’t they? I thought I had read somewhere that Mancini had said that he will be releasing a sixth installment first then start work on a remake. To be honest I would love to see a remake. It’s true that making a good remake is like catching lightning in a bottle but I don’t think it can do any harm to the original. I mean the original franchise is loved by so many people, including myself, that a crappy remake won’t make difference. Even if it turned out terrible I’d still watch it just to see what they did (Chucky’s look, different/same story line, and other things of that nature).

      12. Andrea Ramsay October 13, 2013 at 5:58 am

        i remember talking my dad into letting me get childs play from the video store as a tween and my mum going spare at him and secretly watching it at some godforsaken hour of the morning and having nightmares (i had a huge doll collection) but i loved it this and elm street were where my never ending love of horror started and this movie is great really brings back the original bad ass chucky loved the cameos and the odd funny moment definitely one of my favs for the year great nostalgia

      13. Aaron Cox December 6, 2013 at 5:22 am

        I was surprised with this addition to the Chucky anthology. I went in with low expectations, so that actually helped. The movie was actually pretty good, and reminded me of the earlier additions of Chucky. The good guys who made this movie deserve some credit, for making this revival of a dying series. I actually am not a fan of the Chucky movies past the second film. I really enjoyed this, and it really saves the series… Hopefully. 3.5/5