Receiving its European premiere at FrightFest 2013, Curse of Chucky was introduced by Don Mancini, the creator of Chucky and the Child’s Play series. The man who has had a hand in every Child’s Play film since the original movie in 1988.
On stage before the showing of the unrated version of the movie (which he wrote and directed) he announced to the crowd that in making Curse of Chucky he had listened to the fans. In this movie he had given them what they wanted and that was ‘a scary Chucky film’.
This claim was a large one as ever. Since the first installment the demonic doll has slipped further and further into parody with more jokes, more one-liners and more silly splatter, moving away from what made Child’s Play great – the fear of your toys coming to life and trying to kill you.
Luckily Mancini more than delivers his promise and even from the start of the sixth installment it is clear to see that Curse of Chucky is playing a whole new game this time to the death and bringing back the horror just the way it should be.
The story opens with wheelchair confined Nica (Fiona Dourif daughter of Chucky himself Brad Dourif) and her unhinged mother (Chantal Quesnelle) receiving a parcel from persons unknown containing a very creepy Good Guys doll named Chucky. The pair thinks nothing of it but when Nica’s mother seemingly commits suicide in a gruesome manner it is clear that things are very far from okay.
The terrible loss brings Nica’s sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) back to the family home with her husband, nanny and young daughter Alice (Summer H. Howell) and the family Priest in tow all bringing baggage both emotional and physical with them.
Alice and Chucky quickly become firm friends and as the family politics start to rear there ugly head the pair get time to play however the devilish doll is far from innocent and has his own agenda and a dark plan to settle scores from the long distant past that will leave the family beaten and broken forever more.
The clever thing about Curse of Chucky is that from the start although there is humor the idea of the killer toy possessed by the spirit of a mad man is played straight, firmly realigning Chucky as a scary horror movie monster.
Keeping things simple with creepy close ups and tiny movements Mancini slowly builds up the tension and the terror until it boils over with a brilliant gore fest in the final act with foul mouthed Chucky wonderfully brought to life with CG effects and models, hacking and slashing his way through the household.
Working well for both Child Play fanatics and first timers, Mancini’s intelligent script and great story brilliant balances the comedy and the terror with enough nods to the originals to keep fans happy and excellent exposition and flashbacks which neatly links the movie in with the rest of the series.
Mancini was good to his word and Chucky is most definitely back which is a terrific thing for horror fans who will enjoy every second of this terrifying toy story which will hopefully bring as many new fans to the Childs Play movies in as keep old ones entertained.
Excellent effects and creative kills along with a great cast and a highly original and innovative plot makes Curse of Chucky not only a fine return to form for the Childs Play franchise but one of the best movies in the series.