Curse of Chucky (2013) | A new reign of terror begins in a fiendishly dark and deadly reboot sequel
‘It’s a doll, what’s the worst that can happen?’
After five films spanning over 25 years, Chucky is the demonic red-headed Good Guy doll that horror fans can’t get enough of. After laying low since 2004’s Seed of Chucky, he’s back with a vengeance in a sixth offering that dispenses with the black comedy of the previous two films to deliver a deliciously dark and deadly reboot/sequel.
‘Guess who’s coming to dinner?’
This time round, the seemingly indestructible serial killer trapped inside a plastic shell has a score to settle and begins his new reign of terror soon after being delivered to the gloomy Addams Family-esque mansion of wheelchair-bound Nica (Fiona Dourif), where the homicidal plaything kills off her not-so-nice mum before the opening credits.
The body count rises, however, when Nica’s self-serving sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) lands on her doorstep, along with husband Ian, baby-sitter Jill (with whom she’s secretly shagging) and five-year-old daughter Alice (Summer H Howell), not to mention a local priest whose suspicions about the Good Guy doll results in his grisly demise – by decapitation – after being taken ill from eating vegetarian chilli laced with rat poison. It’s the film’s most inspired death scene, btw.
Brad Dourif is back as the the voice of Chucky, but he also gets to play notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray in human form in a flashback which reveals why he has a score to settle with Nica and her family. Dourif’s real-life daughter Fiona plays his intended victim, who, despite her disability, gives the kitchen knife-wielding Chucky a merry chase before the final showdown.
Curse of Chucky also sees the return of Don Mancini and David Kirschner (the franchise’s original creator/director and producer), and kudos go to them for crafting a suspenseful thriller that not only puts a stylish spin on old tropes, but whose creepy, shadow-filled production design and editing also pays homage to Hitchcock and Argento by way of some classic women in peril psycho-thrillers like Lady in a Cage, Wait Until Dark, and even Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. I’m not spoiling anything by revealing that Chucky survives to slay another day (Mancini says intends on writing a seventh filn, although he’s currently busy working on Hannibal), but the big question is – whatever will become of little Alice?
Curse of Chucky is available to stream on YouTube from Universal Movies UK, and also screens on Sky Movies Premiere HD from Friday 26 June 2015
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