After the events of Seed of Chucky, Nica, a young woman forced to a wheelchair since birth, has to regroup her sister, Barb and her brother-in-law, Ian for a funeral after the death of her mother. While dealing with Barb, Ian, along with their 5-year-old daughter, Alice; Nica receives an odd package – a creepy doll. After people start showing up dead, the fearless Nica soon suspects that the creepy doll is much more than just a doll.
Ahh, Chucky. Who doesn’t love the psychotic possessed killer doll? I’ve been a fan of the franchise since I was young, accidentally watched part 2 at my cousin’s house thinking how scary it was. I loved part 1 and 2, part 3 is alright, and I only liked it just because Justin Whalin played Andy. But I seriously hate part 4 and 5. Seriously? Changing the tone of the film from horror to comedy horror? Not my cup of tea. Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky were so horrendous that I feel they are an insult to the franchise.
So when I heard they’re remaking a new Chucky movie, I was excited until I found out it’s only straight-to-DVD. Oh boy. Straight-to-DVD can be a hit or miss, either it will be good or abysmal. So I didn’t have high hope for it, but I am however still looking forward to the fact that Chucky is going back to its horror root, and not a joke.
At one point you might think it’s a remake, but then it looks to be a sequel. So which one is it? It’s actually a sequel, not a remake. At the beginning Nica who is disabled and on a wheelchair, receives an unknown package sent to her mother, Sarah. When they open it, tada, it’s Chucky. She throws Chucky away but then… her mom mysteriously died and police ruled as suicide but then you see Chucky back in the house.
The title scene comes on and I really love the 3D effect of the title screen which is flawless, and a view of Chucky which is really creepy.
So then Nica’s sister, Barb and her family (the husband, daughter and nanny) comes to stay in that house for a while. She actually wants Nica to sell the house and she wants her half of the money. Oh and a priest stays for dinner and that’s when Chucky tries to make his first kill by putting rat poison in one of the plates of chilli that Nica makes.
The scene when they eat, and the camera just alternates focus on each of them eating, keeping you waiting anxiously to see who gets the plate with the rat poison is so – LONG! It was such a drag. For minutes there’s nothing but seeing them eat and eat and eat… I thought that was a worse start and I had lost my hope for this movie.
Until we find out who is the first victim.
Spoiler – It’s so obvious and predictable that the first victim will be Father Frank who ate the plate of chilli with rat poison. But what I didn’t expect is when he dies after he leaves the house. It’s gruesome! So awesome, even though technically it wasn’t Chucky who directly caused the accident.
I thought the movie will be all about Alice, Barb’s daughter, you know like Andy in the first movie? Because she’s the only one that Chucky, or should I say, Charles Lee Ray talks to. But then she disappears for the rest of the movie. It’s actually not about her, but actually about Nica played by Fiona Dourif, who in real life is the daughter of Brad Dourif, the voice of Chucky/Charles Lee Ray. When I heard about this, I was looking forward to this. She’s actually a great actress and did a great job as Nica.
This movie is CGI heavy, something I’m against about. Chucky looks quite gay at times, very feminine, but CGI allows more facial movement compared to stiff puppetry or animatronics so I guess there are pros and cons there. You can tell that in some shots, with top angle, that Chucky is played by a human, especially going down the stairs part or walking.
There’s a question – If it’s a sequel, what happened to Chucky’s face? In previous films, we know that Chucky has really bad scars all over his face but he’s all clean-looking in this film, as if the movie is a remake instead.
Well… spoiler. Chucky still retains the scar. His face has just been plastered/glued with some new skin to cover the scars which later will be peeled off revealing his scar. He looks scarier after way and no longer gay-looking.
The film has only one location – Nica’s house. It feels very isolated and lonely. The cinematography is nice, giving the feel of isolation. I actually don’t prefer this, and prefer the first movie where there are various locations. CGI is very obvious and fake looking in some scenes, especially the rain and some blood. That is why I hate CGI.
However, Chucky is still the old him because Brad Dourif is the original voice of Chucky and I can’t imagine the doll having a different voice. HOWEVER. Despite this Chucky retaining the essence of the old Chucky, there’s one thing that I really don’t like.
Ending Spoiler – Chucky does not bleed! He get his head cut off, but it’s just a doll full of stuffing. What happened there? How is that scarier than having a doll with human organs that bleeds? As far as we know, the doll has already become kind of human due to Charles Lee Ray wasn’t able to transfer his soul to Andy. So I don’t get this part, and I have issues with it. I want Chucky that bleeds. That’s what scary about him. At the end, Nica ending up going crazy and becoming the suspect of the killing is well .. very common/cliche. But I totally did not expect Tiffany to make a cameo, let alone Andy! Those are very nice surprise. I did not however quite get the scene when Chucky found Alice. What happened to the transfer? Did it fail because the grandma didn’t die? Did grandma fight Chucky? How strong is she?
Overall, the movie was surprisingly better than I had expected, considering it’s a straight-to-DVD release. Of course, the original part 1 and 2 are better. I really liked the performance by Fiona Dourif. It’s good to see Chucky going back to his horror roots. I really despised the comedy aspect of the Bride and Seed of Chucky.
Be sure to watch until the credits finished rolling, there’s an extra scene you don’t want to miss.
CURSE OF CHUCKY (2013)
LDG’s Rating: 4 / 5
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Director: Don Mancini
Writers: Don Mancini
Cast: Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, A Martinez, Brennan Elliott, Chantal Quesnelle
MPAA: Rated R for bloody horror violence, and for language