Curse Of Chucky (2013)

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Genres / Traits: Horror Supernatural Horror Toys

Connections: Child's Play

After the events of Seed of Chucky, Nica, a young woman forced to a wheelchair since birth, has to regroup her sister, Barb and her brother-in-law, Ian for a funeral after the death of her mother. While dealing with Barb, Ian, along with their 5-year-old daughter, Alice; Nica receives an odd package - a creepy doll. After people start showing up dead, the fearless Nica soon suspects that the creepy doll is much more than just a doll. --IMDb
Review by Crispy
Added: January 12, 2015
It's been ten years since the last Chucky movie, and while his slasher counterparts have all received remakes, the powers-that-be have decided to give Chucky a fifth sequel. Normally, I'll take a sequel over a remake any day of the week, but there's a reason sequels have the reputation that they do.

Wheelchair-bound Nica has been living alone with her clinically depressed mother ever since dropping out of college, despite the pair's strained relationship. One day, a large package shows up in the mail with no return address and, you guessed it, one of those old Good Guy dolls inside. That night, Nica is awoken by a blood-curdling scream and discovers her mother's body lying in a pool of blood. Reeling from her mother's "suicide," her sister, Barb, and her family (husband Ian, daughter Alice and nanny Jill) visit to help with the funeral arrangements and young Alice becomes Chucky's newest Friend Til The End. Barb has her mother's total lack of tact, and tensions quickly mount throughout the night. The tension also distracts the grieving family enough that they don't notice the strange things happening around that doll. Like things getting moved around. Stuff disappearing. People dying.

So, let's begin with a quick recap of this series' genres. The first three were standard slasher horrors (with only the second one being worthwhile) while the next two switched to horror/comedies that got their laughs from the self-referencing style that Scream perfected. I actually preferred the latter approach, but I really liked Child's Play 2, so while I was certainly disappointed when I learned Curse of Chucky returned to its horror roots, I still had high hopes for it. Hopes that were severely let down. You see, Don Mancini decided to go the slow-burn route with this one. The movie is more eerie than scary in the beginning. Hell, we don't even see Chucky move on his own until a good forty-five minutes in. Under normal circumstances, I'd absolutely prefer that route, but I feel like it's a little late for that. This is part six in a franchise that, once again, had evolved into a comedy series. We're long past the time where we can play on the mystery of Chucky being a living doll. With that said, I'll admit that there were some damn fine scenes as a direct result of that restraint, however those scenes were all right around the big reveal. At that point there was still half an hour to go, and Chucky's cat and mouse game just couldn't keep up that momentum. It's the same problem that's always plagued the series: how are we expected to suspend disbelief far enough to consider a doll a credible threat?

Mancini made a lot of other decisions that further dragged Curse of Chucky down. Not only did Chucky's face get a god awful redesign, but his "rules" were completely thrown out the window. He's been in this body since Seed of Chucky, long past the point where his soul has taken over the doll, yet he doesn't bleed when he's cut and he's back to his "Hide the Soul" routine. I know slasher movies are kind of known for iffy continuity, but this was such a huge part of all four of the previous sequels that you can't just toss it aside. Also, what the hell is it with movies lately where every protagonist is inexplicably tied to the big origin story? Not only did the big flashback bring the momentum to a screeching halt, but they were so intent on throwing it in there that they never stopped to realize that it doesn't even fit that well. I will give him that his use of reflections and colors were extremely well done, but those little treats for the eyes aren't going to make up for the crappy story. Not by a long shot.

I was really enjoying the horror/comedy path this franchise has been taking, but unfortunately, its return to its horror roots left me underwhelmed. Still, a lot of people are singing its praises, and Chucky 7 is already under way. I'm not completely against another slow-burn plot if that's the route they want to go, but he better have something better planned than "flashing back" to a 65 year old Brad Douriff. 4.5/10.
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