Just because a film goes straight to video does not necessarily mean that it is total crap. In this case forever it is not total crap, but very close to it. Now, while the whole Chucky series was never the type which would win any Oscar Awards some parts of it were worth a watch. This seemed to have potential as it is directed by original writer and a director of a couple in the series, Don Mancini. I was also looking forward to watching it as it was presented as part of this year’s Fantasia film festival here in Montreal, which rarely, if ever misses the mark. Curse of Chucky proves that the programmers at Fantasia do not have a perfect record.
After the death of their mother, Nica (Fiona Dourif – The Messenger), who is restricted to a wheelchair as she is a paraplegic, and her older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti – Get Smart – 2008, Insidious: Chapter 2) are together at the family house. Barb has brought her husband (Brennan Elliott – Flight 93, Double Jeopardy), her daughter Alice (Summer H. Howell – first film) and the nanny, Jill (Maitland McConnell – from television’s General Hospital). There is plenty of tension amongst the family members.
While trying to argue with Barb about what to do with the house and that she can take care of herself, Nica is distracted by the fact that she receives a wrongly delivered package at the house. Alice, who is five-years-old, is delighted as it is a doll named Chucky (Brad Dourif – Dune, Halloween) that talks. Alice wants to keep it, but Nica is not sure.
When people start getting killed and Nica finds out that Chucky should have gone to an evidence depository she digs deeper and finds out that the red headed Chucky is not a cute talking doll at all.
It is obvious that Mancini was going for that whole gothic horror genre with the old mansion, stormy night, antique elevator, etc., but even those usually easy to appreciate stylings it all does not add up to a creepy/scary watch.
What was good about the decent films in this series seems to have been abandoned in Curse of Chucky. Chucky was at his best when he was dispensing creepy and hilariously cheesy lines. There is none of that here. I think he was actually just going for scary and there is nothing scary about a child’s doll. To make a film like this work you have to go overboard. In every respect. With the gore, humour and ridiculousness of the whole concept. Mancini is going for straight horror and, sorry, but for me it doesn’t work besides one cool death scene.
-Playing with Dolls: the Making of Curse of Chucky
-Living Doll: Bringing Chucky to Life
-Voodoo Doll: The Chucky Legacy
-Previews of Mama, Silent House, The Unborn, The Strangers, My Soul to Take, The Fourth Kind, Dream House