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Review: Curse of Chucky (2013)
I’ll admit, I was extremely excited to see Curse of Chucky, the latest installment in Universal Pictures’ wildly popular horror franchise. While I wasn’t even aware of the film’s existence until I saw the trailer several months back, it definitely caught my attention. I mean lets face it, the original Child’s Play was the only truly scary entry in the series. After that, the movies consistently got funnier with the exception of Seed of Chucky. That film was absolutely atrocious thus I pretend it doesn’t even exist. Curse of Chucky, however, looked like it could bring back the fear I experienced with the first Child’s Play, and believe me when I say that movie scared the hell out of me when I was a kid.
Curse of Chucky was originally suppose to have a theatrical release, but for some reason or another, Universal Pictures decided to send it straight to DVD. Normally that notion would kill my interest for a movie, but with a budget of $10 million, I figured the crew behind this long-awaited sequel had to have done something right. And they did.
The film works as both a sequel and a prequel. It takes place after the events of Child’s Play 3, but before the events of Bride of Chucky. Nica (Fiona Dourif), a young woman forced to a wheelchair since birth, is living with her over-protective mother Sarah (Chantal Quesnelle), who’s clearly been effected by extremely traumatic events in her past. One day, a strange box shows up with no return address, and it’s none other than our favorite Good Guy doll. Shortly after, Sarah dies under mysterious circumstances. Nica’s sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti), travels in for the funeral with her husband Ian (Brennan Elliott), their 5-year-old daughter Alice (Summer H. Howell) and their nanny Jill (Maitland McConnell). Of course, little Alice immediately falls in love with Chucky, and thus a new reign of terror begins.
Normally, I read reviews prior to a majority of the movies I see, but with Curse of Chucky, I didn’t do this until after I saw the film. Honestly, I don’t fully understand all of the negativity. A lot of it seems to be aimed at the timeline inconsistencies, or lack thereof. Maybe I missed something, but I thought the writers did a tremendous job intertwining the events of the series. Grant it, I may not be as familiar with the franchise as I think I am, and that may be the reason I enjoyed this latest installment so much. I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys, so do me a favor and watch the film yourself. Afterward, let me know if I missed something. Coolio?
Moving on, the suspense is non-stop. Remember how long we had to wait in the first Child’s Play before it was finally revealed that Chucky was very much alive? Well the writers have taken a similar approach here. While that creepy little doll is clearly up and moving about, we don’t actually see him in action until a good thirty minutes into the movie. What’s unfortunate, however, is that Chucky has had quite the makeover. He isn’t near as frightening as he used to be. Not to mention, the special effects do him absolutely no justice. Half the time, he looks like something out of a video game. This is strange considering the death sequences are done incredibly well. One scene in particular has an unfortunate victim taking an ax right in his/her open mouth. The camera doesn’t cut away, thus we see the effects of the ax cutting through cheek, tongue and everything in between.
Aside from the awful creature effects, the overall quality of Curse of Chucky is amazing. From the cinematography to the musical score, it feels like a lot of effort was put forth to make this movie happen. Admittedly, after the atrocious pile of dung that was Seed of Chucky, I most likely wouldn’t have saw this latest installment in theaters. Fortunately, however, Curse of Chucky has put the series back on the right track. What’s more is that it’s left wide open for another sequel. If you’re looking for a fun, scary good time this Halloween, Curse of Chucky is a must see!