Synopsis: After her mother’s mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to recent bloodshed and chaos. – (Source)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83% (Critics) / 96% (Audience)
Directed By: Don Mancini
Written By: Don Mancini
Starring: Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, Brad Dourif, Summer H. Howell and A Martinez
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
CURSE of CHUCKY has a very stylized look that really makes it stand out from the rest of the Direct-to-Video fare that gets churned out on a regular basis. The direction and cinematography is top notch with a great use of shadows and angles and slow pans that just serves to give the movie a very creepy vibe.
Also lending itself to the creepiness factor is Brad Dourif whose voice acting still works in these movies. Hearing the malevolence dripping from every syllable while coming out of that freaky looking ginger doll is a hoot.
And it’s always good to see A Martinez working (SANTA BARBARA forever!!!!).
There is also a twist at the end that works really well and answers a lot of the questions that are posed at the beginning of the movie.
I still just don’t buy this doll being capable of accomplishing all of the stuff he accomplishes. It’s a tiny little doll for pity’s sake! It’s like being attacked by a toddler. And that one failing of the central core of the character still sticks out because, like in previous films, CURSE OF CHUCKY has to rely on characters that are nearly brain dead and moments of happenstance that strain credulity even more than a movie about a possessed doll asks one to do. I mean it’s a gotdam 3 foot tall doll, people! In a horror world with the likes of Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Michael Meyers roaming around, Chucky doesn’t really inspire much fear and damn sure shouldn’t be able to kill a house full of adults.
Chucky in full Brad Dourif-voiced homicidal mode is pretty creepy but he pales in comparison to the unintentional but all encompassing creepiness of Summer H. Howell as the cherubic Alice. That little girl wigged me out. She would be perfect in a remake of THE BAD SEED.
Final Verdict: Better than expected production values coupled with Brad Dourif’s capable voice acting and a nice twist that should please longtime Chucky fans serves to make this revival of the franchise worth viewing but if you have never been sucked into the world of Chucky you will likely not be nearly as impressed or entertained by this movie.