Curse of Chucky (Blu-ray)

January 6, 2014 7 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

I’m always surprised when a new horror film is released. Just when I thought the Child’s Play films were over for good, we get Curse of Chucky. The mistake I made was thinking that any horror movie killer stays dead for good. Chucky has been burned, shot, chopped up and various other things, but somehow he still comes back. I do find it amusing that the films at least have continuity. In the past two films Chucky’s face has various scars and stitches around it. This latest installment attempts to go back to its and bring back the horror elements of the first three films. The last two entries (Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky) both offered too many comedic elements for my taste. It’s nice to at least see them take the film down a horror route again. Is the film the welcome return-to-form the filmmakers might’ve hoped for? The short answer is yes and no. There are a number of great elements here, but a lot of the film drags and keeps Chucky off-screen for long stretches. I always have fun comparing horror movie killers to one another. I won’t say Chucky has ever been at the top of my list nor will I ever say that. It’s hard to put it out of my mind that this is a little doll running around murdering people. It seems like all it would take is a simple kick to the little guy’s head to knock him out of his misery. Still, I guess he can be creepy in theory. I find Leatherface and Jason Voorhees to be much scarier than Chucky. With that being said, I still enjoy the first three Child’s Play films on their own merits.

Nica (Fiona Dourif) has just discovered her mother has mysteriously died. She finds her dead on the floor. The death is ruled a suicide, but Nica suspects something else. Her sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives (along with a few others) to help resolve matters and help Nica out. Nica is confined to a wheelchair and she clearly will need help now that her mother is dead. Barb’s daughter, Alice quickly takes to Chucky. She sees him and begins to love him instantly. The family members and a priest all sit down for dinner one night and the priest is poisoned (Chucky poisons the food). He is involved in a car crash on the way home. Meanwhile, back at the house, everyone goes to bed. Nica then decides to research the Chucky doll hoping to find out exactly what happened to her mother. She discovers the killer Charles Lee Ray. Fans will remember this name from the first film. Chucky is the reincarnated Lee Ray killer, but obviously in a doll’s body. I can appreciate referring to the first film, but this also attempts to negate that film by some of the revelations seen here. One thing about horror films, the stars (more often than not) return for future installments. Brad Dourif once again provides the voice of Chucky. There are also flashback scenes with Dourif portraying the killer, Lee Ray. Chucky creator, Don Mancini acts as a director once again. The film is a small step in the right direction for the Chucky films. I still prefer the first three, but it’s an improvement on the last two films. It’s a bit slow in spots, but it has just enough of what fans have come to expect that it’s at least worth renting. Collectors will love to have it in their collections either way. The disc includes both the R rated cut of the film and a longer Unrated cut as well. I opted for the latter of course.

Video: How’s it look?

The AVC encoded (1.78:1) transfer is solid. It serves the film well with deep black levels and nice, even flesh tones. There are many night scenes in the film, but the detail is always clear. There are a few killings in the film so that means you will see some blood too. The print used is clean and free of debris and grain. Chucky’s red/Orange hair shows fine details also. The blood from the murders appears lifelike here as well. There’s really nothing bad I have to say about this transfer, the detail is strong and consistent throughout and smoothness is always evident. Fans will be happy with the image quality here.

Audio: How’s it sound?

The DTS HD track is also strong if not as robust as you might expect. There are many slow moments in the film so don’t expect tons of background noise at first. When the mayhem starts, however, expect much of it. Everything sounded clear and concise with vocals coming through nicely. When Chucky begins running around the house his footsteps add a nice touch to the rear channels. Overall, this is a solid track just don’t expect it to blow you away. It does serve the film as well as it should though. Sometimes that’s all that’s needed.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Audio Commentary – With the Writer/Director, puppeteer and Fiona Dourif.
  • Playing with Dolls: Making of Curse of Chucky – An obligatory look at some behind the scenes footage on the set and so forth.
  • Living Doll: Bringing Chucky to Life – Times have changed since Child’s Play in 1988, and we see how the “new” Chucky works.
  • VooDoo Doll: The Chucky Legacy – A look back at the previous films and the quarter century of Chucky…
  • Deleted Scenes – Six in all, though none really seemed to offer anything of substance to the movie if left in.
  •  Storyboard Comparisons – Pretty self-explanatory.
  • Previews – Previews for other Universal films.
  • DVD/UltraViolet Copy

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