41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2013
IT WAS EPIC! Beautifully made, fantastic acting, Chucky....as always horrifying and still got that dark sense of humor....I have been a fan of Child's Play since I was in early grade school if not younger and this movie did NOT disappoint, in fact it dazzled me the in the same way as Child's Play did as a child.....but now 25 years after Chucky first hit the big screen he has come a long way and its definitely where he deserves to be. This is definitely back to Chucky's horror roots and the stuff you see in this film will have you feeling an even greater uneasiness and terror than any one of the films before it. My thanks to Don Mancini, Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, etc for making an amazing, horrific, and fan loving film!!!!!! I have to say the new information as well as the fan nods in this movie made me feel so satisfied I could not have asked for a better film.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2013
What could possibly be expected from a part six of a franchise that has just gone direct to video? I was in store for a generic body count film featuring a group of people locked in a house with Chucky. I was not expecting any kind of explanations or direct ties with the franchise other then a brief retelling of Charles Lee Ray getting gunned down by the police and passing his soul inside of a doll at MOST.
I have never been so happy to be so wrong! This film features dark scenes with POV shots that are as frightening as in the original two films. Then the doll's look along with the entire franchise is very creatively explained. The plot is written so well and really connects the entire franchise together.
The pacing of this film was seamless. It did not even feel like it was 90 + minutes. The suspense was absolutely edge of your seat. This film did a great job at reminding audiences as to why Chucky is and always was a HORROR character to begin with.
49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2013
Saw the World Premiere at Fantasia Festival and it's the BEST sequel of the franchise ! It's full of surprises and twists. Can't wait to get the Blu-ray to see the unrated version.
Hardcore fans will LOVE this one !
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2013
Way better than I expected even as a total Chucky fanatic. Without giving away any spoilers I'll just say it had me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next line to be spoken. I'm proud for all those who worked on this movie. Could've been a theatre movie. I'm just so excited the movie was this good!!!!
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2013
What follows is a brief, spoiler free review. If you love Chucky as much as I think you might, don't like ANYONE give away the twists in the final act.
If ever there was a fan boy horror movie on Chucky, "Curse of Chucky" would be it. With references to all of the previous entries in the franchise, this film is a delight from beginning to end. As "Curse of Chucky" begins, we meet the lonely Nica (played by Fiona Dourif in a wonderfully understated performance) as she is living with her mom in house in the middle of nowhere. Her mother wants to keep her sheltered from the rest of the world as Nica is confined to a wheelchair. One day, the two receive an anonymous package in the mail with a doll inside. The doll is Chucky and he is ready to play. When an unfortunate "accident" causes her mother's death, Nica's greedy relatives are back to claim the house and sell it to make a few extra bucks.
After the rest of Nica's family arrives including her bitchy older sister Barb (nicely played by Danielle Bisutti) with her daughter Alice (Summer H. Howell), it is up to the family to survive the night to keep from becoming Chucky's latest victims. And victims many do become with a bloodbath that results in a few grisly deaths that had me smiling.
Though the film starts with a slow buildup in the first act that results in two off screen deaths (don't worry, like I said, the film does get bloody), the film nicely comes together in its second act to become one of the best made for video horror movies of recent years. To go on and tell you what REALLY works about this film would be to give away way too many of the devilish surprises. Let's just say that fans will cheer in delight as the film hits its final act as there are in jokes, references, and homages to just about anything and everything Chucky has done in the past. The backstory might not be fulfilling to some and there might be some leaps in logic, but this is the rare horror sequel that actually appears to be trying to add something new while being faithful to what came before it. If you are a Chucky fan, you owe it to yourself to check this one out. Also, make sure to stay after the end credits for one treat of a scene that will leave audiences howling. Thanks for returning Chucky, you were missed. Now, let's see some more Chuck!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
After I watched the trailer, I knew it wasn't going to be a crappy movie like Bride & Seed of Chucky was and I was right. It has a more serious approach to it, the way Child's Play 1 , 2 and 3 had. I didn't care about the redesign of Chucky, but after watching the movie I understand it and thought it was cool. There are some cameos in this movie that I really liked and the way this movie ties into the others. If you're turned off from watching it, because of the way Chucky looks like now and how bad the last two sequels were, give this one a chance and you may like it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2013
In a time where evil dolls just aren't cool anymore, studios have "Curse Of Chucky" going directly to dvd. But this film is far superior to at least 3 of the series sequels, if not all of them.
This movie begins with "Chucky" being sent to what would seem to be a random location/family. Of course, bodies pile up. Something that really works is Chucky's "friend til the end" being a girl, and that out of a whole suitcase of random dolls, she likes him the best. But they don't play the rehash card-she isn't right there, being ridiculed and blamed for everything...
Chucky's "Curse" isn't revealed quite as much as one would hope, but how he ended up in that toystore is explained in full, and just how crazy he was b4 becoming a killer doll is also explained. This is his connection to this family.
By all means, it is scary, suspenseful, and disturbing, like the films were prior to "Bride." I liked Bride, but it was a little silly at times, and "Seed" was just stupid. This isn't like them at all, even though SPOILER ALERT! "Tiffany" does show up and while it's a small role, it really brought the movie full circle, and allowed everything to make sense while not being plaqued by "Seed".
If I have to rate this in the series, it's definitely better than the terrible "Seed," as well as the rather poorly made "Child's Play 3," and despite the fun it's still better than "Bride." I'd compare this to the levels of horror "Child's Play 2" had, and honestly, it's just as if not more creepy due to the use of modern tech. And when I say modern tech, I mean better animatronics. This should've been released to theatres. I look forward to another film if it's half as good as this one.
Any fan of Child's Play must see this, even if you hated the last three (3, Bride, Seed) or loved them all (besides Seed, maybe). This is what Child's Play is meant to be.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2013
I just watched the movie this morning on the PlayStation Network and thought it was pretty good. The puppet effects were a little off sometimes, and the computer-generated Chucky (in the scene where he walks down the stairs from the attic) was a little bad. Overall, the movie had a nice, slow build that had me uneasy, which is something I haven't been able to say about Chucky for a while. I also enjoyed the surprise cameos. I'm a little confused as to where this film falls in the series, timeline-wise, but that may be more my fault than the movie's. Also, the ending was creepy. :-)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2013
One of the things that I loved about Ronny Yu's 1998 Bride of Chucky was that it took the Child's Play franchise in a completely new direction. After two sequels, creator Don Mancini wrote in Tiffany, the "bride" to the infamous slasher, Chucky, which turned the fourth film into a buddy comedy. Even through the gags, both Mancini and Yu kept a straight face, delivering one of the biggest shockers in horror history: a terrifying half doll-half human baby with razor sharp teeth. Mancini, who created the franchise, and penned all of the films, would take the reigns with the 2004 Seed of Chucky, which made a sharp turn that many weren't expecting. While I judge each film on its own merits (I really liked Seed of Chucky), it wasn't the movie that Bride of Chucky promised when it left us with our jaws on the theater floor.
Curse of Chucky, written and directed once again by Mancini, returns to the Child's Play roots, and finally delivers on that promise way back in 1998.
On the franchise's 25th anniversary, Chucky fans are in for a treat with the latest installment, which puts Brad Dourif's (the voice of Chucky) daughter Fiona in the lead role. She plays Nica, a born paraplegic, who is tossed in the middle of family drama when a "Good Guys" doll is delivered to her house. Neither her nor her mother knows who or why it was sent to them. Tossed in the trash, that night Nica is awakened to screams, only to find her mother dead on the floor from an apparent fall off the balcony. The Good Guys doll sits in the corner watching. Brooding. Waiting. Classic.
The next day, Nica's house is infiltrated with family, including her sister (Barb; Danielle Bisutti), brother-in-law (Ian; Brennan Elliott), their young daughter (Alice; Summer Howell) and a live-in maid (Jill; Maitland McConnell). The Good Guys doll immediately enamors Alice, making them best friends forever.
Chucky - for those of you unacquainted, is a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray that became trapped inside the doll (see Child's Play) - immediately begins his mischievous games, causing bizarre and unexpected deaths to occur. It all needs to look like an accident, which sort of ties Mancini's hands from being able to do much "slashing"; it forces him to create suspense in other ways, for example, like putting rat poison in a random bowl of the guests' soup.
Curse of Chucky shows serious restraint, which is rare for a fifth sequel. Instead of jumping right in, Mancini works his way to the reveal, treating the film like an introduction to a completely new, younger audience. And even after ol' Chuckster is on a path of destruction, Mancini continued to peel layer, after layer, after layer off of the story, blasting the hardcore fans with more hat-tips than they'll be able to handle.
The new design of Chucky, which will make sense when you see the flick, is crazy scary. Complimented with astounding effects work and puppetry, Chucky has never looked better...
And even though budget appears to have no bearing on Chucky, you can definitely "feel" the constraints, especially since the near-entirety of the film is limited to a single location. Yet, Universal deserves serious props for getting creator Mancini back behind the camera because it was shot with extreme love and care, delivering on quality, classic camerawork and scares that feel intimate to a Child's Play film.
As a hardcore Child's Play fan, I find the flaws weren't so overpowering, although I do wish it were a bit gorier. And oddly enough, I really didn't like what Mancini did with Charles Lee Ray's backstory, which I felt turned him into a more mean-spirited serial killer.
Speaking of backstory, Mancini ties everything together in Curse of Chucky. It's a sincere love letter to the fans that really drop the gloves and goes for it. For some, the self-referential model may even be a little too much - but it without question carries the biggest geek-out moments since the 2003 Freddy vs. Jason.
Following the finale, the overly long epilogue plays out like something you'd see in Ocean's Eleven; and in terms of a payoff, it's what makes or breaks the movie. Audiences should stick through the end credits for what will be the ultimate sendoff if the franchise were to die tomorrow.
Curse of Chucky may just be the best home video sequel since Wrong Turn 2. It's alarmingly good, which puts pressure on Universal to answer as to why they didn't let Mancini shoot this for theaters. Chucky fans should rejoice, though, as Curse of Chucky is clearly going to re-ignite the franchise for years to come.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2013
I went into this movie optimistic. And I was very much not let down. An incredible fun movie. Sinister, thrilling, and edgy fun. Reading early on synopsis' for this movie read "...Till the bloody and shocking end" and that is exactly what it has. I'm so happy to have seen the movie before I was too spoiled on it, I hope others get the chance.
See this movie, it is a phenomenal fan-wank to the Child's Play series, and yes, in my eyes, redeems Seed and Bride.