I am a huge fan of the ‘Child’s Play‘ series and when I heard about another film being added to one of my favorite franchises, I had to see it. Now Chucky is back in a brand new murderous adventure, ‘Curse of Chucky‘.
‘Curse of Chucky‘ was written and directed by Don Mancini, who has written and or co-written every ‘Child’s Play‘ film to date. It was very comforting to hear that someone so familiar with the franchise was going to be heading up this film too.
I know a lot of people have been complaining about Chucky’s new look, and I was one of those when I first saw stills from the film, but I must say, watching the film the changes are actually good. With the way that his face was changed for ‘Curse of Chucky‘, he has more ability to emote with his face. His range of emotion is much greater in this film than it has been in the previous films. It gives him more human qualities and gives him a more menacing appearance. There is also an explanation given in the film for the changes to his face as well, but you’ll have to watch it to find out what it is.
The one spoiler I will give you, is that Chucky’s first kill comes within the first 20 minutes of the film. I can not be more happy to see Brad Dourif return as the iconic voice of Chucky. Brad is not the only Dourif in this film though, his lovely daughter Fiona Dourif plays one of the leading ladies, wheelchair bound Nica.
We can not have a ‘Child’s Play‘ film without a target for Chucky to attach himself to. He has moved on from Andy, now it is Nica’s niece, Alice. Playing the role of Alice is a new actress named Summer H. Howell. This little girl shows some serious promise in becoming a future scream queen.
Everyone that knows me knows that my biggest peeve with a horror film is when they really entirely on CGI. I am happy to report, ‘Curse of Chucky‘ does not do this. Don’t get me wrong, there is a little bit of CGI, but dummies, stunts, makeup and actors are responsible for the majority of the awesomeness on screen.
In the previous ‘Child’s Play‘ films, Chucky is more mischievous and we see him pulling all kinds of pranks and setting all of his murders up. In ‘Curse of Chucky‘, Chucky acts like a normal doll for the majority of the film, which I like. I think it gives more mystery to him and had a greater impact on the other characters in the film. His actions were not as predictable as they had been in previous films. He is still the same funny character though. He is even wittier and his potty mouth is much worse. The kills that Chucky has in this film are not as elaborate as they were in the past, but they are still quite creative.
I love how Don Mancini wrote this film. He created more inner conflict between the human characters in the film by keeping Chucky and his antics more secret. These conflicts helped make the film as a whole more intense and just added to the drama and horror of having a possessed, killer doll on the loose.
I must say that the ending was quite surprising and I love how they incorporated more into the back story of Charles Lee Ray. In ‘Curse of Chucky‘, the night that Charles Lee Ray became Chucky is much more creative and in depth than in the original ‘Child’s Play‘. It really helps to tie the rest of the film together. *Spoiler Alert* there is a surprise appearance by a character from the past films.
I think ‘Curse of Chucky‘ was unfairly low balled by the critics. I loved this film and I think that the tag line “Chucky’s back and better than ever” correctly defines this film. I give ‘Curse of Chucky‘ a 9 out of 10.