The man behind Child’s Play and creator of Chucky, Don Mancini, has written and directed this sixth instalment, yet, this is only Mancini’s second attempt at directing. The first, being the unpopular Seed of Chucky, back in 2004. This is a better film in almost every way, but it isn’t what you would call a masterpiece. It is, however, a great example of a killer-doll-movie, without the use of CGI, or masterful direction. What Mancini set out to do with Curse of Chucky, he’s succeeded in doing perfectly. He has even brought back Jennifer Tilly, who has a classic cheesy scene, and the unforgettable Brad Dourif, to give voice to Chucky’s Charles Lee Ray incarnation, and really, who else could play this part anyway? Brad’s lovely daughter Fiona Dourif, plays the lead character Nica, a young woman who is in a wheelchair.
Even with its many faults (many poor attempts at making us jump near the beginning, including yet another shower-curtain scene) and occasional amusing goofs (Nica gaining temporary use of her completely paralyzed legs, as she quickly tries to close the elevator gate), it was a fun and gory movie. The killings were quite creative at times, and on-the-whole, pretty realistic. The acting was also very good, and the animatronics were solid. This was a great Child’s Play film for the fans, and I’m certain they will get the most out of it.
No movie in this franchise is complete without Chucky stealing scenes and giving his classic one-liners, and Curse of Chucky does not disappoint. Andy, played by the talented young Alex Vincent, tells Chucky she’s afraid of the storm, to which Chucky replies, “so you f*cking should be!” There was also a nice scene with Chucky and Nica, where Nica is getting a bit of vocal payback after Chucky tells her he’s gonna kill her slow, but she just laughs and tells him, “25 years is the slowest murder in history.”
The premise: Chucky arrives at a house by Fedex (possibly delivered by Jordan Gavaris from Orphan Black), where mother and wheelchair-bound Nica live alone. Chucky murders the mother, and now Nica’s sister Barb, along with husband Ian and daughter Andy come to stay for a while. With them is a priest and also Andy’s babysitter, Jill (played by the sexy Maitland McConnell). Ian has an eye on Jill, which leads to an interesting scenario. The priest is the first to die, (by inventive decapitation), but the rest quickly follow, as Chucky has a night of mayhem (and no one realises they can simply kick Chucky out of the way at almost any point). We get to see Brad play Charles Lee Ray, as he originally was, during an excellent flashback scene. The finale sets us up perfectly for the next instalment in the Child’s Play franchise, and I hope the rest are as much fun as Curse of Chucky. I really do.
Review by Ed Blackadder, Lead Entertainment Writer
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