Curse of Chucky (2013) **
D: Don Mancini
C: Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, Brennan Elliott, Maitland McConnell, Chantal Quesnel, Summer Howell, A Martinez, Brad Dourif
Plot Synopsis: Chucky returns in this 6th installment in the Child's Play franchise to terrorize a troubled family during the middle of a raging storm.
Review: Bride of Chucky was a welcome departure from the norm. It featured Jennifer Tilly in a perfectly realized comedic performance. With Seed of Chucky, Chucky had become something of a joke and was no longer scary. So returning the franchise back to its horror roots and taking a more serious approach to the material was a smart idea.
While I applaud their decision to take the material more seriously, Curse of Chucky, unfortunately, doesn't understand how to craft suspense and terror. They have a Gothic mansion. It takes place during a thunder storm. The villain of the film is a possessed doll and there's something inherently creepy about dolls to begin with. So they have the foundation for what could have been a scary film.
The problem with Curse of Chucky is that almost all of its suspense is so far telegraphed in advance, that you can see it coming from a mile away. The cast tiptoes around a Gothic mansion during a storm. Chucky appears in the background oblivious to the characters. Que the music score. One girl gets undressed. We know she has it coming to her and so on and so on.
One character is a kid. She's the innocent one caught in the mix. Some of the characters are jerks. Some are greedy schemers. Another character is helpless and misunderstood by everyone in general. It's pretty easy to figure the order in which everyone is going to get their just desserts. They're not really characters, but fodder for Chucky's mischievous mayhem.
The original Child's Play showed some innovation when it came to Chucky's carnage, but there's no innovation to be found here. Chucky had some clever one liners in the original Child's Play. There's none here. They throw in a few plot twists to spruce things up. There's a few plot twists, one too many in fact. Sometimes less is more.
Curse of Chucky is another bland, uninspired horror film that coasts on the goodwill established by the original Child's Play. It just happens to have an iconic horror film villain to distinguish itself. Otherwise, this is pretty forgettable stuff. [R] 97 mins.
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