Monday, October 30, 2017

Movie Review: Curse of Chucky

Chucky (Brad Dourif) returns with a new look, a more serious tone, and back to the horror genre though it is hard to take the killer doll seriously. Nica (Fiona Dourif) receives a package in the mail, she's not sure it came from but gives it to her mother who ends up dead. Her sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives to take care of her and brings her jealous husband Ian (Brennan Elliott), her daughter Alice (Summer Howell), and her expensive nanny Jill (Maitland McConnell). Barb wants to put her sister in a home for disabled people since she believes Nica can't take care of herself. However, Nica insists that she can take care of herself and even offers to cook dinner for the family and Father Frank (A Martinez), a visiting priest.

The chili that Nica cooks turns out a bit strange thanks to the strange doll sitting nearby. Father Frank excuses himself and ends up dead with all of his limbs and head severed in a brutal car accident. Nica tries to figure out where the doll came from and hears over the phone through a bad transmission that it came from an evidence locker. She does some research learning about all the unsolved murders. Alice and Chucky have grown close as the doll whispers terrible things in the little girl's ear, finally coming alive in front of her and scaring her. Chucky takes out Jill next by pushing over a pale of water into an electrical cord shocking the nanny to death just as she was flirting with Barb over video chat. Barb goes to investigate the strange sight and power outage only to find the Chucky doll. Despite Nica's protest, Barb takes the doll up into the addict where she reveals its scared face underneath before he comes alive and stabs her in the eye.

Chucky chases Nica who flees to Ian who didn't hear anything due to earplugs. He is skeptical of her claims but leaves her alone in the garage to investigate. Chucky sneaks into the garage, locks the door, and starts the car pouring fumes into the enclosed area. Nica uses an ax to break open the window but Chucky snatches the keys and eats them before she can grab them. Ian bursts in and believes that Nica was trying to kill herself after committing two murders. She needs an injection to stop a pain in her chest and sees Chucky staring at her right before she blacks out. She wakes up tied to her wheelchair as Ian check the nannycam to see where his daughter is located. The camera turns into a live feed of Chucky sneaking up behind Nica. The doll pushes Nica into Ian who flips onto the ground. Chucky takes an ax and chops of his lower jaw. 

Nica manages to stop Chucky's attack by deflecting with her legs which lack feeling. She grabs the ax and chops off his head but then turns her back to wrap her leg while he puts his head back on. Chucky grabs her wheelchair and pushes her off the second floor. He walks down and reveals to her that her mother was one of his last victims as a human and he's the reason she doesn't have the use of her legs. Nica taunts and escapes to the elevator while Chuky is distracted by the power coming on. The doll and the woman fight until a police officer arrives. He sees the mayhem and convicts Nica to an asylum. The police officer turns out to be the one that took Chucky to Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) at the start of the fourth film.

The Curse of Chucky adds to Don Mancini's growing work of killer dolls nearly a decade later. The film returns the franchise back to horror after going off the rails with silliness in the last two films. The murders contain a similar amount of gore as the others but with update special effects with the advanced technology. This sixth film in the long series is enjoyable enough but also cliche and somewhat predictable. The film does tie into the previous films nicely and explain a little bit more about the origins of the brutal killer Charles Lee Ray. 

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