Monday, July 8, 2013

A friend to the end: Curse of Chucky

Like many of our beloved horror franchises, Child's Play devolved into horror-comedy with an inappropriate emphasis on the comedy. The original film, while rather hokey, still holds a special place in the hearts of many. I know a handful of people whose first exposure to the killer doll Chucky came via basic cable and still managed to scare the crap out of them. The first two sequels managed to keep up a semblance of a through-story by using the aging character Andrew as the protagonist to the Brad Dourif-voiced doll. The last two sequels, Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky gave the character a girlfriend and then a child and, for all the positives within those two films, killed the franchise.

And that brings us to now. Or rather, October 8, when Curse of Chucky will be released on DVD and Blu-ray (no theatrical release, sorry). Creator Don Mancini, who directed Seed, helms this picture. It's safe to call it a reboot, I suppose. Most reboots/remakes seek out new creative talent behind and in front of the camera, but like the doll says, Chucky is your friend to the end. Mancini and Dourif both return as does five-time producer David Kirschner. Dourif's daughter Fiona get sin on the bloody action, too, playing distraught Nica.

Here's the Wikipedia plot description (and I only use this because it's the simplest description):

Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives with her young family in town to help settle their mother’s affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn’t know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He’s determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he’s going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end."

So that sounds pretty good. It also sounds like there will be a connection to the first three movies, not just in plot but in the doll's appearance. Watch that trailer again. Chucky looks much more like he did before getting stitched back together by Jennifer Tilly.

True confessions time: I'm a fan of this franchise. I saw the last two films in the theater (I didn't have access to the first three theatrical releases due to age/location, so give me a break). I own the freaking box set. It's not my favorite series, but it's one I enjoy. So I'm a little bummed out that this won't make it to theaters. I'll have to hope Redbox gets it right away or I can convince my wife to let me buy it without having seen it, which is generally a bad idea, even when it involves something I like a lot. Then again, there is always hope that Universal Studios Home Entertainment will send me a preview copy. (Stranger things have happened.) 

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