Chucky is back, and thankfully, in better form than in the last two films.
The legendary Brad Dourif returns as the voice of the possessed doll, also playing the role of the vile serial killer himself, Charles Lee Ray. Brad’s daughter Fiona plays the leading lady in a very assertive and confident leading role. Child’s Play creator Don Mancini is back in the director’s chair for this one.
Curse of Chucky is a bit more straight horror for the most part compared to Bride and Seed. I had some reservations about the doll itself when I saw all the promotional material leading up to the film’s release. But actually, Chucky’s new appearance and occasionally awkward looking cgi, ended up not bothering me too much. Chucky’s ultra innocent face when he wasn’t goring people, worked well to juxtapose the evil, angry Chucky face.
One of the main aspects of the film I like is the simple setting and plot setup. This flick has low budget, direct-to-video written all over it, but I didn’t feel like that worked against it at all. The big old house with an elevator for the wheelchair-bound heroine, Nica (Fiona Dourif), worked really well. The special effects overall were well done, and some of the violence and gore was reasonably horrific enough, though never quite wince-inducing enough for my tastes.
Basically, Chucky is back to finish what was started 20 years ago, and it’s a fun ride with a darker tone than the most recent Child’s Play sequels. I really appreciate Mancini trying to capture some of the old look and feel of Child’s Play.
If you are even remotely a fan of this franchise, you owe it to yourself to check this one out, despite some raising of the eyebrow at the ending, which nearly ruined what the film had established for itself up until that point. You’ll see what I mean.