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Sunday, October 20, 2013
When Dolls Go Bad Part Six
Nica (Fiona Dourif) has not had the use of her legs since she was born. She lives with her mother Sarah (Chantal Quesnelle). Sarah is supposed to be taking care of her daughter, but it is actually Nica who does everything for her mother. They get a package that neither one of them seems to know about, which turns out to be the Chucky doll. Sarah throws it in the trash since they don't have any kids around the house. That night, Nica wakes up and can't find her mother. After exploring through the house, she eventually finds her mom dead in a pool of blood. Her sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti), her husband Ian (Brennan Elliott) and their daughter Alice (Summer H. Howell), along with nanny Jill (Maitland McConnell), show up soon after. Barb, along with Father Frank (A Martinez), wants Nica to sell the house, but Nica isn't ready to do that just yet. Nica gives Alice the Chucky doll, who takes to it right away. Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) is up to something, but what could it be?
This review could be a little jaded since I was watching Curse Of Chucky with friends. A film is always better when you are having fun watching it. They were impressed when one of them asked how I thought Chucky had been mailed to the house. Without a pause I said, "He is mailing himself house to house." They all got a laugh from that and was impressed I had an answer at the ready. Actually, I had been thinking about it, which was the only reason I had an answer so quickly. Turns out I was wrong, but it sounded good. I seem to recall some news about Curse Of Chucky being a sort of reboot to the series. Even though it takes a while, I learned that this is actually a direct sequel. It doesn't cover all the films, but it makes sure to tie itself to the first and last films. It goes as far as flashing back before the start of the original film even. I had to re-watch the start of Child's Play just to make sure of that. It doesn't make complete sense they way the did it in this movie, but I still give them some credit for trying. In a way Curse Of Chucky is almost like a reboot since we get Chucky being introduced to a new kid, having the kid make strange comments about what Chucky is telling her and so on. This was fine, but at the same time it felt played out. If it wasn't for other plot lines running through, it would have been pretty boring.
We ended up watching the unrated version of Curse Of Chucky, and if you get a choice in the matter, this is the one I would suggest. After reading about the differences, more gore and a scene after the credits, I think everyone would just enjoy it more. With the unrated version you get someone who loses their head, with lots of blood that goes with that one, a knife to the eye and someone who gets fried. They are nice effects really. The acting was very good. Danielle Bisutti was very easy to hate by the way her character acted towards her sister. You know you are doing something right when you can feel that way towards a character. I didn't realize until the next day that Fiona Dourif was Brad's daughter. That was a cool way to bring the series full circle in a way. She also does a great job with her acting. In my last review I didn't care for the child actor, but this time I thought that Summer H. Howell was pretty good.
Some of the plots running through Curse Of Chucky is really what saved the film for me. I thought they were different enough to keep things interesting. It wasn't until late in the film that I found the plot with Chucky more interesting. The back story that is expanded on was good, and a well placed cameo is what reminded me of the last film more than how Chucky looked at that point. We didn't know about the scene after the credits, so I ended up watching that a different way, but at least you will all know to look for it now. It is a must see and brings someone back for another cameo. I think most will be surprised by it. If you are a Chucky fan, I would think that Curse Of Chucky will be a must see for you then. I didn't find it to be a great film, but it is certainly fun to watch. More so with friends I think. It is a shame it went to direct to DVD, but I guess I understand that with it being the sixth film and all. Check it out when you get the chance.
3 out of 5 I wonder if eyeballs really do bounce