Saturday, October 26, 2013

Bechtloff Movie Night: Curse of Chucky (2013)

Man, I really dropped the ball on reviewing horror movies this Halloween season. But I can't let an October go but doing at least a few. You should check out The Null Zone this month for tons of horror reviews.

Anyways this movie starts with a mysterious package being delivered to the house of wheel chair bound Nica and her mother Sarah. The package turns out to be none other than Chucky. Neither know why he was sent or who sent it, but just figure it must have been a mistake. Chucky of course kills Sarah and makes it look like an accident. The death of Nica's mother brings Nica's sister and her family consisting of a daughter, a husband, and a live in nanny. Also they bring a priest, Father Frank.

Without giving too much away Chucky manages to kill all of them except Nica and her young niece. When a cop shows up Chucky goes into doll mode and Nica is assumed to be the killer and ends up in a nuthouse. Also we find out that back when he was alive Chucky had killed Nica's father and attacker her mother while she was pregnant with her, resulting in her lifetime paralysis.

This was a pretty damn good horror movie. I've always had a soft spot for this franchise, and Chucky used to scare the shit out of me as a kid, but even I have to admit the movies aren't that good. The first one had a lot of potential but I just felt like the poor acting from the kid in that movie really sucked the air outta the room. The later sequels which had become parodies were decent enough horror comedies, but this is the first one I felt really succeeded at being scary. Sure there were more than a few cheap jump scares in this, but there were also a lot of really intense suspenseful moments. Early in the film everyone is eating chili for dinner. We see that Chucky had put rat poison in one of them but we have no idea which one and it's a very tense scene.  Also of interest, the woman playing Nica was Fiona Dourif, daughter of Brad Dourif, the voice of Chucky. She's a pretty solid actress though, in fact this whole cast was pretty solid and the characters were also pretty well fleshed out and three dimensional. In fact there was one twist involving the nanny that genuinely surprised me, although you might catch on now that you know there's something up with her. All and all this was a damn solid horror flick and easily the best of this franchise. I give it a solid four and a half games of Hide The Soul out of five.

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