As far as horror movie icons go, Chucky ranks near the bottom of the totem pole of absolute evil. When you’ve got characters like Jason from Friday the 13th and Pinhead from Hellraiser, how dangerous can a doll be? Plenty, plenty dangerous it seems, especially when Brad Dourif is inhabiting the plastic shell of it.
He’s back! From the filmmakers that brought you Chucky comes the terrifying return of the pint-sized doll possessed by the spirit of a notorious serial killer. When a mysterious package arrives at the house of Nica (Fiona Dourif, True Blood), she doesn’t give it much thought. However, 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 the ensuing bloodshed and chaos. The return of America’s favorite toy, voiced again by Brad Dourif, is unrated and full of more blood-splattered thrills and chills.
One of the bigger changes here in the latest take on the Child’s Play franchise is that Chucky is featuring a ton more CGI this time around. But it looks like it’s being kept to the scenes where he needs to move around like a vengeful midget. And to be honest, that’s a good use of the technology. By splitting practical and special effects between close-up and long range shots, I think the filmmakers are finally making Chucky a lot more believable as a threat.
Or as believable as a murderous toy can be. Curse of Chucky will be showing off the horror of ginger dolls in October as a straight to DVD title, with series veteran Don Mancini directing.
Last Updated: July 9, 2013