Mini-Review: Curse of Chucky (2013) – Poorest & Most Generic Entry in the Child’s Play Franchise Yet

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Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) is still trapped in the body of a creepy 80s doll named Chucky. On his sixth adventure Chucky is shipped to a seemingly random family: A middle-aged mother (Chantal Quesnelle) and her young disabled daughter (Fiona Dourif), living in the middle of nowhere (of course). The redheaded doll gets immediately trashed, but then obviously it’s only a matter of time until he takes revenge. However: Why this family in particular? Why the new haircut? And why were the practical effects on the Chucky doll better 25 years ago? C’est un mystère! 

Written and directed by Don Mancini, the original creator of the franchise, it’s particularly disappointing to see such a terribly generic installment in the Child’s Play series. Not only does the Chucky doll look different, but his facial expressions have changed, he moves differently and he seems to have lost his signature cheesy sense of humor. Curse of Chucky could be mistaken for any bad slasher of this decade, if you switched villain. It’s sad to see the franchise take the direct to video route. The one good thing I can say about ‘Curse’ is that it looks better than your average slasher. In particular there are some gorgeous black & white scenes (Yes, I’m referring to the sunflowers at the end).

The film tries to expand and explain the character of Chucky, seemingly only to make way to more sequels. The characters in Curse of Chucky are all either morons (and by that I mean that they behave in completely illogical/unrealistic ways) or completely unlikable. In most cases both. It’s hard to care about a film when you have no one to relate to, except arguably Fiona Dourif’s character. The actors aren’t necessarily bad, though they’re not exactly great either, but the poor script is really what makes this a more than forgettable flick. Not even the score makes sense. It just feels like random music playing to some darkly lit images.

Again, it’s kind of depressing, because I like (most of) the other Child’s Play movies, but this one is kind of a disgrace to the franchise and it certainly doesn’t make me excited for #7. Only for die-hard fans. Everyone else: Skip it.

Rating on First (and Last) Viewing: 3 out of 10 

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