Sunday, December 8, 2013

CURSE OF CHUCKY (Review)

CURSE OF CHUCKY (2013)

review by AARON ALLEN

Directed and written by Don Mancini

Starring Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, Maitland McConnell, Brennan Elliott, and Summer H. Howell
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Chucky’s back and he’s in killer form! 

Curse of Chucky, the sixth installment in the Child’s Play franchise, returns the possessed pint-size killer to his original horror roots for an in-continuity reboot that nevertheless takes great pains to honour everything that’s come before. This time, the action is centered in a Gothic mansion where wheel-chair bound Nica (Fiona Dourif) lives with her mother. One day, they receive an anonymous package containing a red-headed Good Guys doll, which were all the rage in the ‘80s. This would be strange enough if not for the fact that the doll is also possessed by the soul of the Lakeshore Strangler: serial killer and voodoo practitioner Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif).

"I like to be hugged."
That same night, Nica’s mother turns up dead. Nica's home is soon beset by grieving dysfunctional family members with ulterior motives. A dark and stormy night in an old house full of feuding, scheming family members proves the perfect setup for Chucky to rack up the body count. Impressive practical gore effects and great performances play out over a series of delicious twists and diabolical dilemmas. With a fresh and inventive script by Chucky creator Don Mancini that jump-starts the series with some much-needed suspense, Curse of Chucky is an original installment in the franchise that still hits all the most satisfying beats of a greatest hits compilation.

Chucky's your friend to the end
While trying to please new audiences and long-term fans equally, Curse of Chucky does occasionally stumble over its own incredibly convoluted continuityIn particular, Curse of Chucky's climax devolves into a series of increasingly confusing cameo gags that leave some startling loose ends flapping in the breeze. Also, there are some facts revealed about Charles Lee Ray's human life along the way that seem incredibly incongruous with what we know about the character. That being said, Curse of Chucky should still be celebrated for proving that there are real scares left in everybody's favorite knife-wielding evil Good Guy. 

Fiona Dourif is keeping Chucky in the family
In Curse of Chucky, Chucky has done what more popular 80s slashers like Freddy Kreuger, Jason Voorhees, or Michael Myeres could not. 25 years after his debut, Chucky's story has never been rebooted. Under the stewardship of Don Mancini, Chucky is as sharp as ever! With Curse of Chucky, and rumours of a follow-up in development, a whole new generation of horror fans will continue to enjoy Chucky's murderous adventures.

Curse of Chucky is now available on DVD and Bluray.

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