The Curse Of Chucky


Chucky is often seen as one of the most laughable villains of the horror genre, usually put in the same category with others such as Leprechaun and the Critters. But what is it about this living dead doll that, has not only been able to spawn a franchise, but has also been able to develop a huge fan following.

When I tell people that not only do I have the Chucky films on DVD but that I love them, I usually get a raised eyebrow or a strange look. Due to the last two films in the franchise, Bride Of Chucky and Seed Of Chucky, the franchise has largely been described as camp and funny whilst lacking its original horror premises.

Surely the point of Chucky is just to do as Stephen King does with a car in Christine or a dog in Cujo, to make the familiar and the normal unfamiliar and abnormal. There is nothing scary about a doll. But there is something scary about a doll that is trying to kill you. Don Mancini, the writer of the entire Child’s Play series and director of Seed Of Chucky, maintains that his aim in writing Child’s Play was to make a ‘dark satire of how advertising affects children.’ With the success of other films such as Gremlins, there seemed an opening for a new kind of villain.

A new film to the franchise, Curse Of Chucky due to be released on Halloween this year, will be the sixth installment of the series and Mancini has said that this film will be more similar to the original three movies, taking place after the events of Child’s Play 3, rather than Bride Of Chucky or Seed Of Chucky which presumably means there will be no Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany.

While this will come to a disappointment to many fans, including myself, it cannot be denied that this will allow room for a more serious and a potentially darker tone. This will mean that the franchise will be going back to its horror roots and has the potential to be a lot scarier than some of its predecessors. It has been reported that the film will go straight to DVD rather than a commercial release. The film will not be given the chance in cinemas and this is most likely due to the corny reputation of the latter films.

I think that Curse Of Chucky sounds promising. The fact that it will have a stronger focus on horror than comedy, like the original three films, means that it may well regain fans that lost interest after Tiffany and subsequently Glen were introduced. Many people can take on Chucky, but lots seemed unwilling to take on his wife and kid too.

Although, the comedy aspects of Chucky are partially to blame for Chucky not becoming a commercial success, I hope that this new installment doesn’t completely disregard the comedic element to the franchise as I find that the comedic nature of these films is what makes Chucky unique to other horror villains. There are also discussions of a reboot to the Child’s Play series. It would be interesting to see what they could do to the series to make it more relevant to the youth generation of today and how they could make it scarier but surely replacing Brad Dourif as Chucky simply cannot be an option.


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      1. chubungie January 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm

        I am looking forward to this one. I loved “Bride” and “Seed” because of the humor, but I could handle a more sinister film this time.

        • Chloe January 25, 2013 at 10:21 pm

          I loved Bride and Seed too! But I agree, I’m curious to see how they’re going to make it more darker.

        • Herner Klenthur January 27, 2013 at 10:50 pm

          I have to concede that I am a sucker for Chucky and cant wait to see more as well.

      2. izzy January 26, 2013 at 7:40 am

        I’ d like to see chucky killing ppl as never before..they should put more suspense n this film and hopefully it is not like the seed of chucky; the lazt movie really sucks, it wasnt scary at all:(

        • Chloe January 26, 2013 at 2:40 pm

          Yeah I’m really looking forward to a (hopefully) scary Chucky film.

      3. Ron February 1, 2013 at 1:58 am

        Honestly, I love the direction the Chucky films were taken. Chucky and Tiffany are awesome. I can do with or without Glen/Glenda. I love what Jennifer Tilly contributed to the series and would still love to see where things could go with her character.

      4. joe February 10, 2013 at 2:42 am

        making chucky into a comedy horror was the worst thing that could of happened to the franchise i was very dissapointed with bride and seed especially seed of chucky going down that root was a big mistake. childs play was the best 2,3 was ok but the franchise should of stayed childs play instead of renaming it and turning it into a comedy horror Mancini needs his head tested. if this film has gone back to its dark horror roots and we never see Tiffany and glen/glenda then i can see a future for this franchise.

      5. AmyMarie February 10, 2013 at 8:35 pm

        I loved the character tiffany it was the story line of “bride of chucky” that I hated. Honestly, I want to see them go back to andy. What happened after the police took him in? What ever became of his mother? It would of been great to see the adult andy after chucky played such a huge roll in his youth. So I hope this film settles chucky in the horror seat then I hope they end the franchise with where they began. Tell the whole story! Please :)

        • Luke February 12, 2013 at 2:27 am

          Such a good reply! I would love to see chucky and a grown up andy finish what they started once in for all…

      6. brian March 6, 2013 at 7:14 pm

        I cant wait for this one, I always loved chucky and all the movies, but seeing him go back to a darker moe sinister killer again is gunna be great, they better still have some comedy to it too, like in childs play 2 and 3. I really hope they write it well, and not have chucky repeat lines he used in the other movies or reword them, like they did in the latter hellreaiser movies, although hellworld was probably my favorite. Im interested to see how they start this one since chucky was chopped up before, they wouldnt want to give away the ending and have him chopped up again, probably just him possessing a new doll I am guessing.

      7. Chucky March 16, 2013 at 12:24 am

        Laughable? Critters? You are joking right? Chucky is seen as one of the most frightening out of the horror characters. Chucky in first plac.e followed by Alien and then Micheal Myers. Chucky is alot better and far surpasses those other horror movie figures.

      8. kidd91 March 25, 2013 at 4:06 am

        Chucky and adult Andy will be good but what about a Chucky vs Leprechaun film

      9. Joanne June 24, 2013 at 11:27 pm

        Why is Jennifer Tilly listed in the cast then?

      10. Cassie July 11, 2013 at 11:38 am

        Hey when did this came in thearher

        • Chris Savage July 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

          The film is actually heading straight to DVD & Blu-ray this October 8th. No theatrical release. But, that isn’t to say it will suck, in fact some of the best films go straight to DVD.