Hard to believe, but it has been 9 years since the last film in the Child’s Play/Chucky series. After spawning 2 sequels within a couple years of each other following the original film, the series took a break for 7 years until Bride of Chucky took the world by storm and was an unexpected cult hit. Seed of Chucky followed another 6 years later with fair reception, but the series lay in wait another 9 years until now with the new film Curse of Chucky. Don Mancini, the creator of the original film and writer of every film in the series, returns to write and direct this sixth installment and bring Chucky back to the dark styling’s of the original film.
Set four years after Seed of Chucky, the story finds Chucky being delivered mysteriously to the home of paraplegic Nica (Fiona Dourif) and her mother, Sarah (Chantal Quesnelle). After Sarah dies under suspicious circumstances, Nica’s sister, Barb and her brother-in-law, Ian arrive for the funeral and to stay with Nica and figure out her situation. But Chucky seems to have plans for the small gathering in the household and so begins a night of terror none will soon forget.
Curse of Chucky is definitely a return to form for the series, not only in tone, but in story. There are many connections in the film not only to the one before it, but to the origins of the series as a whole. Brad Dourif returns as the voice of Chucky and his daughter Fiona joins the series as the lead, Nica. Fiona is very good in the film and Mancini’s direction is a welcome return to moody and atmospheric. There is still some humor present as well, but of the much darker and less hokey variety. Overall, a nice addition to the series and hopefully an indication of where it is to go from here.
The Blu-ray from Universal is very nice, especially for a dark direct to video film. The majority of the action takes place in one house and mostly in very dark surroundings, but the transfer handles it well with natural color, deep black levels and pretty nice clarity and detail. Curse of Chucky is a fresh entry in the prolonged series and provides hope for future installments. Well worth checking out.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.