Saturday, 31 August 2013

Frightfest 2013: Curse Of Chucky

It’s been almost a decade since we saw anything of creepy Good Guy doll Chucky, and after a few comedic moments (The Bride and Seed Of Chucky).  His creator Don Mancini is back and doing what the fans want, bringing a creepy addition to the now 6-movie franchise.

Nica’s (Fiona Dourif) mother receives an unexpected gift in the post, the gift is a Good Guy doll called Chucky, Nica put’s the arrival down to one of her mothers many teleshopping spending spree’s, but before she gets chance to investigate the reasons behind Chucky’s arrival her mother is found dead at the foot of the stairs. Everyone believes the  death to be am accident, but it’s only when the family arrive for the funeral that Chucky’s motives come to the surface. 

For those out of the loop, Chucky first appeared in the 1988 movie Child’s Play, The story told of a criminal who through supernatural powers manages to transport his dying soul into the body of a child’s doll. The doll still has the killer’s murderous tendencies however, and with each new chapter Chucky would get more and more aggressive. In the UK it was the release of Child’s Play 3 that bought the movies to the real focus, when it was revealed that a scene from the movie inspired Jamie Bulgar’s (A young boy killed by heartless teenage thugs) killers to throw bricks at the child killing him.

Back to the present and Curse Of Chucky is a competent addition to the series, but to this reviewer to be honest it does have a certain been there done that feel about it. Like Freddy, Jason, and Michael Chucky has had his day, and what you have with this movie is the 2013 release of a movie that looks like it was made two decades ago, and sadly brings nothing new to the table.

Curse Of Chucky is definitely more bloody, and has some nice twists and turns, but it’s story is drawn out, it’s killings minimal, and it’s whole delivery uninspiring to say the least. For a franchise that has been in retirement for 9 years you cannot help but think they could have done more to bring some originality to the franchise. Instead what you have is Chucky arriving in an old haunted house type scenario, with sexual trysts running throughout the story.

What does really redeem the film is the ability to tie the series up, we encounter a number of characters we have visited before, and the reality is it does tie up all the loose ends from previous films. For me though it’s simply not quite enough.

Curse Of Chucky is out on DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand in the UK from October 21st.

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