Whether or not we asked for his return, Chucky is back, and some would argue that he’s in better form than he has been for a long time. We all know that after Child’s Play 3, they transformed Chucky’s legacy into a horror/comedy franchise. Personally, I loved both Bride and Seed of Chucky, even more than Child’s Play 3, which I would argue is the lesser film of the entire series. But, as they often do, whether it’s warranted or not, people seem to hate Seed of Chucky. It’s a fun movie, and I have no idea why it’s universally loathed, but it’s not like I care, either. Curse of Chucky is a return to form for the franchise, being far more of a horror film than a comedy. It’s telling, though, either what state this franchise is in, or what state horror in general is in, that a new Child’s Play movie can’t get any love at our local theaters. How great would it have been to have seen Chucky’s return on the big screen this October? Well, it’s not going to happen, but at least we can watch it at our leisure as it makes it’s DVD/Blu-Ray debut tomorrow, October 8th, 2013.
As mentioned above, Curse of Chucky is no comedy. It’s clever, atmospheric reminiscent of Child’s Play, more than anything else. So if you were one of the ones that grew annoyed with the over-the-top comedy of the latter films, maybe this entry into the series will win you back over. It does combine elements of the latter films, as well as reference happenings and people from the original three movies. Curse of Chucky follows a family in the wake of their mother’s alleged suicide. On the very day that she supposedly took her own life, a mysterious package with no return address arrives at the house. And, since this is a Child’s Play movie, within the package is Chucky, posing as a seemingly harmless doll from the eighties. Strange occurrences begin within the house, and bodies begin to drop, sometimes quite gruesomely.
One thing I would like to note, just so it’s a little less jarring for you as you take this movie in, in some scenes, Chucky is CGI. So, if you have zero tolerance for that sort of thing, for whatever strange reason, grab your straps and go rat tat tat tat, whatever that means. Seriously though, despite being able to spot the CG, it doesn’t distract from the movie, unless you focus on it for the purpose of hate. There is a solid movie to enjoy here, even for some of you crotchety hipsters out there, if you’ll allow it. One of the main complaints people have had, prior to actually seeing the movie, was the actual look of Chucky in all of the promotional photos and trailers. Rest assured that this is addressed, and in my eyes, perfectly.
It may not be as groundbreaking as the original Child’s Play, but it’s certainly a competent entry into the series, that manages to somehow go it’s own way, while staying extremely connected to the rest of the series. That’s a rare thing these days, and I feel as if it should be commended when it is executed in a effective way. On another note, make sure you stick around for the credits. There is a pretty awesome scene after the credits, and no it’s not Bruce Campbell mugging “groovy” at the camera. I don’t know whether or not the scene has an impact on the future of the franchise. All I know is that it’s well worth waiting through the credits. Why are we waiting, anyway? This is home video we’re talking about here, press the scan button.
This is a new release from Universal, so I’m not going to bore you with video specifics. It’s unnecessary. It looks and sounds amazing on Blu-Ray, and that’s all you need to know. Beyond that, there is a hefty little dose of extras on the disc as well. Both the Blu-Ray and the DVD feature some deleted scenes, a gag reel, a commentary and a behind the scenes featurette. Exclusive to the Blu-Ray are a couple of featurettes and a storyboard comparison. Perhaps we didn’t ask for Chucky to return, but this genre fan is ear-to-ear that he has. I couldn’t have asked for a better return of this beloved eighties horror icon. I’m not certain if the remake is still happening after this, and if it does, I’ll be there opening day to see it, but after seeing the direction they took this sequel, I kind of hope they continue on in this series, rather than starting all over.
Curse of Chucky Is Available On DVD & Blu-Ray from Universal on Tuesday October 8th, 2013.