Chucky is back and he’s not sorry! With Curse of Chucky, this will be the sixth- yes, 6th– installment of the Child’s Play franchise. Rest assured, Don Mancini, Seed of Chucky director and screenwriter of all previous Child’s Play films, will be returning for more “Good Guy” play come October 8th, when the film hits on Blu-ray and DVD, the first of the franchise to go direct-to-video. Last week, the trailer for the newest film debuted to fan controversy, although inspiring more talk about the franchise in the past seven days than in the past 9 years.
Voiced by the untouchable Brad Dourif, the cackling, ginger-haired doll gets re-packaged and finds a new owner to be his friend ’til the end. This time, it’s the voice master’s real-life daughter, Fiona Dourif, as Nica, a wheelchair-bound young woman who reunites with her sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti), brother-in-law Ian (Brennan Elliott), and 5-year-old niece Alice (Summer H. Howell) upon the death of her mother. At her Mom’s old place, Nica receives a package containing the eponymous doll, to whom little Alice becomes attached.
After 1998’s Bride of Chucky taking a blackly comic route and reinvigorating the franchise, the Chucky mythos segued into flippant camp with Seed of Chucky. Curse of Chucky seems to be returning to the form of Tom Holland’s original with a more straight-up approach. Also, judging from the trailer, this will be the first CG-enhanced Chucky the series has seen, and he doesn’t seem to hold back when it comes to tormenting the handicapped, either. While it’s been confirmed Billy Boyd, who played Chucky’s androgynous child in Seed of Chucky, will not be returning to the film, there is still hope for Jennifer Tilly to appear in a possible cameo, considering her being spotted on set and promoting the film via her Twitter account. However, one would wonder how they would do so, as the familiar post-mangle Chucky has been seemingly removed from the equation due to the film’s spot in the overall Chucky chronology; although in horror movies, never count out a baddie when there’s money on the line.
So, do we think Curse of Chucky will be just another ’80s-style rehash or will it offer a brand new battery? Will this film be the last offering before Universal reboots the whole damned franchise? Folks will find out on August 2nd, when the film premieres at the Fantasia Film Festival. In the meantime, check out the HD Trailer (via IGN) andleave your comments below. Keep an eye to DiaboliqueMagazine.com for more on Curse of Chucky, Don Mancini and the Child’s Play franchise. Hidey-ho, ha-ha-ha!
– By Jeremy Kibler
Jeremy Kibler is a freelance writer who never stops watching movies and writing about them. An alumnus of Pennsylvania State University, he has been a fan of the horror genre since he was a kid, renting every Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street from the video store. For more of Jeremy’s reviews, go to https://kibsreviews.blogspot.