It’s been 25 years and now six films later, fans still can’t seem to get enough of the maniacal serial killer, Charles Lee Ray – or his more familiar namesake, Chucky.
I had all but forgotten about the My Buddy influenced killer doll when I ran across it last evening at the Redbox. I must say I had a couple of geeky moments while watching the film and reminiscing about the thrill of watching these films as a child. I can vividly remember walking through the video store and seeing the iconic VHS slip covers stick out like a sore thumb. Oh how I miss the days of being young and innocent, having not a clue of what the real world was like.
Now that I look back on it I think that is why I watched so many films as a kid is I had a desire to understand the “real” world and movies were my only extension to that reality. Obviously, I knew they were fiction but being able to take a glimpse into someone else’s mind through any creation, whether it be music, painting, film, or writing you get to experience a fraction of that persons reality.
Set four years after the last installment, Chucky Played (voiced by Brad Dourif) arrives in the mail to the family home of Nica played by Fiona Dourif (Brad Dourif’s daughter). Nica’s mother not knowing who sent the creepy doll then throws it in the trash. Later in the evening Nica hears a scream and finds her mother has mysteriously stabbed herself and finds Chucky overlooking her dead body sitting non-animate in a chair.
The next day, Nica’s house is infiltrated with family, including her sister, Barb (Danielle Bisutti), brother-in-law Ian (Brennan Elliott), their young daughter Alice (Summer Howell) and a live-in maid Jill (Maitland McConnell). Chucky immediately enamors the young Alice, making them “best friends forever.”
Still curious about who sent the doll, Nica does some Internet browsing and finds out that doll has been connected to numerous crime scenes, even being blamed for the murders. It’s not long after her realization; Chucky starts in with his cleverly witty dialogue and creative ways to dispatch his victims.
I found Curse of Chucky to be a very entertaining throwback to the original. Its biggest flaw was you could tell that there were budget constraints, as most of the movie was shot in one location. It seemed to not have much more of an impact other than it makes you feel confined to the overly large creepy house.
Chucky looked great and he was more realistic than ever before. It had some plot holes and the ending was a bit too drawn out, but it was great to see Chucky back in action!
I recommend this to any fan of the series, as it was a great nod to the previous installments. Though, I cannot say it is the strongest or my favorite (Bride of Chucky is still my favorite) of the series, it is a fun watch all the same.
I give it 6.5 out of 10