Guest Review: 'Curse of Chucky'

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Review by: By: Marcey Papandrea

 Curse Of Chucky is actually awesome!

I went into Curse Of Chucky with reservations. The trailer was alright but I was not a fan of the doll's re-design. I had no idea if this was meant to be a sequel or a remake or what. Details were extremely vague. Still, stupid me – never go into something with a bad attitude, and the less you know the better. I should have known better - a lot better! Because going into this film dark worked like a treat and I had an amazing time with it. What a blast!

In fact, Curse Of Chucky in terms of quality is right up there as one of the best of the series. It goes back to basics: slow build up; we don't see too much; everything is mysterious; and we get to know the characters. While I don't find Chucky scary (though as a kid, the old Child's Play posters gave me nightmares), I do feel there is potential here for him to be a little more than just a walking punchline. Since he's not overly exposed, and he doesn't talk a lot for a long while, there's a chance to make him a little freaky. I think for some that will work, and I really enjoyed that about this movie.

Seriously, can someone explain why this doll appeals to children? It's freaky! 

 The film is definitely self-aware and it knows how silly the idea of a killer doll is, but it really plays that down. It does offer a lot of fan service but nothing that actually harms the film. In fact, it's actually a strong point! Curse Of Chucky does have ties to the first film, and this actually plays nicely as a double bill with it. You don't need to have seen the other films to enjoy this, but I think you'll enjoy it more if you have. Even if you thought the series had gone down hill, this is a pick-up. This film is better than it has any right to be.

Acting wise, the best part about this film (next to Brad Dourif of course) is Fiona Dourif (his daughter). This is her show. She brings us a really strong character, one we can get behind and support. While the other side characters don't mean much, it is really about her and her journey with what is happening here. I was convinced that there was something to be scared of with Chucky by her reactions towards him - in fact, you'd have thought he was real. Major props to Fiona, as she made this film her own.

I know this review is all over the place but I just had such a great damn time with it that I am still buzzing from the experience. I actually can't wait to watch it again!

Rating: 4/5

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