Like all good horror franchises, the first movie is always the best. Freddie Krueger was a bad guy before he turned into a cartoonish character. Jason and Michael Myers are never more scary and evil as they were in their first films. And that evil doll Chucky was never scarier than he was in the original Child’s Play (1988). The following two sequels weren’t bad but Chucky started to turn into more of a wisecracking character. And those last two films? Pure horror comedy by that point. So now, 25 years after the original, the Good Guy is back in Curse of Chucky but just how evil can he be anymore? Turns out, the Chucky franchise has plenty of evil left in it.
Curse of Chucky is set 25 years after the events in Child’s Play. The events of 2 and 3 are referenced but Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky are clearly downplayed, if not almost all forgotten. And that’s a good thing. Chucky arrives in a box at the home of paraplegic Nica (Fiona Dourif) and her mother. It doesn’t take long before the mother is dead and the terror begins. Nica’s sister Barb arrives with her husband Ian and daughter Alice, along with nanny Jill. Nica gives Chucky to Alice but begins to think something may not be right with that doll. How right she is. Turns out Charles Lee Ray has a connection to this family. Before the night is through, the bodies pile up and we realize that Chucky is the most evil he’s been since the original.
The plot actually does a really good job of tying in past events, even going back to the Charles Lee Ray character. Generally, the movie looks good, especially when dealing with the practical effects. There are a few scenes of CGI blood that look too fake and there are some inconsistencies with Chucky’s appearance. It clearly doesn’t always look like the same doll. In a far too obvious error, one early scene with Nica makes it appear as if she’s walking. There are a couple of surprise appearances at the end of the flick. One, which ties this movie in with Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky, makes sense if not a little out-of-place with the more horrific tone of the movie. It was good to hear and see Brad Dourif as there really is only one, true voice of Chucky. And having Brad’s daughter Fiona in the cast worked well. The final scene at the end is actually a lot of fun and tends to wrap up the franchise nicely. However, everyone knows the success of this DVD could mean more Chucky in the future. If they stick with the scarier Chucky, then I think the franchise could continue on for a while. Curse of Chucky is available on DVD and Blu-ray everywhere. Check out the red band trailer to see what you’re getting yourself into.
On a side note, this franchise was what ruined horror movies for my wife. In 1988, I was working at a video store when the original Child’s Play was released to theaters. By early 1989, she was also working at a video store and was lucky enough to acquire an early promotional Chucky doll. About a year later, after we watched the movie on VHS again, I slipped Chucky under the covers on her side of the bed. And here we are, nearly 25 years later, she very rarely watches horror movies and I’m still paying for the joke. No, it did not go over well at all. Unfortunately, she got rid of Chucky shortly after that. So he’s still out there, in a landfill somewhere, waiting…