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Curse of Chucky – 7

Director – Don Mancini

Cast – Chantal Quesnelle, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, A Martinez, Maitland McConnell, Brennan Elliott, Summer H. Howell

Release Year – 2013

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Child’s Play is one of my all-time favorite franchises but I lost interest in the series after the comedic entries, Bride / Seed of Chucky, but my interest was restored when word hit that original writer Don Mancini was going to write and direct the newest sequel, Curse of Chucky. Originally slated to be a remake, this effort continues the series and does so in a positive fashion with an engaging story that takes viewers back to the feel of the first flick. This is first film in the series to be released direct to DVD, but the lack of Hollywood intervention does little to deter the experience and may have saved it. Heavy in the most important of elements, like kills, gore, and overall horror, Curse of Chucky overcomes its faults and makes for a pretty fun flick in the end that gives Chucky fans more of what we love.

After the sudden death of her mother, Nica begins to suspect that the recent bloodshed and chaos is a result of the red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with.

At 97 minutes this film has the longest runtime in the series, and I am glad that it came with an interesting storyline. I liked that the Good Guy doll was not purchased but was sent to them via an anonymous source and after Nica’s niece took a liking to him it was only natural to keep the creepy doll since it kept her satisfied. It does not take long for the initial violence to hit, and after that we wait about 30 minutes until the first kill hits the screen. The story does move a bit slow and there is much development for the first half of the film, but once Chucky decides to let loose we are given nonstop action for the remainder of the film. This reminded me very much of the slow-building template for Child’s Play, except with a different family and a few other extra elements involved – one of them being the more insight into Charles Lee Ray’s past. Don Mancini adds more supernatural ability to Chucky as well, and he takes on a somewhat silly role at first, committing simple mischief instead of actually harming his victims – like a poltergeist. His story does come with a few faults but none of them were big enough to ruin the experience for me. Obviously this film will not hold its own against the original, but it is most definitely one of the better entries into the series and much better than the last three films.

Don Mancini’s direction is pretty good and I can say he does a much better job than the only other film he has directed, Seed of Chucky. With this being a direct to video flick I was unsure of how it would look film quality-wise, but it looks like Mancini did well with the low budget he had to work with. Nearly the entire film takes place in the home Nica’s mother left to her, and it provides a great setting for some good horror. It comes heavy in stained wood and dark corners that allow for good spooky atmosphere to compliment the scares, but the visual enjoyment does not end there. I enjoyed the modern look of Chucky and was glad to see that he came to us via live action FX, as did the gore and kills he delivered to the audience. There were some execution issues that I had a problem with, and the one that bothered me the most was Brad Dourif’s voice performance. Brad is most definitely Chucky and will always be Chucky for the remainder of his life, much like Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, but I found his performance to be a bit over the top and over-acted. This was not that big of a deal though since he did do very well with Chucky’s infamous laugh and he also excelled as Charles Lee Ray. There are other execution issues that plague the film a little bit and I feel it was these issues that kept the flick from a wide release, but ultimately Mancini’s direction succeeds where it matters most and thanks to that we have another enjoyable killer doll film.

Overall, Curse of Chucky is a great addition to the series that helps to mask the sour taste left by the last two comedic films, Bride / Seed of Chucky. This effort brings back the feel of the original film and continues the story in a positive way, and thanks to good direction we are also given solid horror as well.

Rating: 7/10

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  1. October 6, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Did you watch all the way past the credits? There is more to the story.

    • October 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Yes I did. I saw it coming as soon as I saw “you know who” answer the door.

  2. October 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Confused by a few things here:
    1) Is this the first sequel NOT to be a comedy? I don’t think it is controversial to say that all the others were definitely horror comedies, arguably including the very first movie (though I admit that for that first one it is more debatable whether all the comedy was intentional).

    2) If you are judging the second sequel to be the ONLY other sequel that you didn’t find to be a disappointment (having dismissed “the last three films”) what was it about the second movie you thought was so much better and how did they keep that quality here?

    3) This is more of a personal request. I’m not alone in being a fan of “Bride of Chucky” and I actually have difficulty understanding why my favourite sequels are often dismissed as being MORE of an embarrassment than “Child’s Play 3”. Do you have any personal reasons for dismissing Bride and Seed since, like I said, comedy seems to be a bit of a lame excuse. If you’ve rewatched the sequels more recently you will know that comedy plays a big part in every single one of them.

    • October 11, 2013 at 3:01 am

      1. The films definitely had comedic elements to them, and rightfully so given they involve a killer doll as the antagonist, but I did not see them as devout horror comedies like Bride and Seed were. To me they were horror films with elements of comedy, not horror comedies.

      2. It may be more personal preference but I really like the second Child’s Play film. I find it to be the second-best in the series.

      3. I have seen Bride and Seed but I saw them years ago before I started writing reviews. I most definitely need to check them out again and write some reviews. The bulk of my balk against them has always been the approach. I feel that they changed the vein of the series and abandoned the killer doll i grew up loving and instead gave him a wife and a child.

      Sorry for the late response. I wanted to write this on a laptop and not my phone.

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