Who would have thought that when 1988s Child’s Play was released a doll would become a new icon of horror to stand alongside Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers. Now after five films and numerous comics everyone’s favorite Good Guy doll Chucky is back for his first straight to video sequel that is hoping to reboot the franchise Curse of Chucky. The series took a turn for the silly with the last few installments so will this one bring us back to the darker tone or stick to the same formula?
Curse of Chucky follows a young woman in a wheelchair who receives an odd package with a creepy doll enclosed. After her mother passes she brings her sister and family together to deal with the particulars only to quickly discover the doll is not just and average toy. While the original was creepy most of the films in the series since then have taken the same route as the Nightmare on Elm Street films adding more humor to the splatter fest. With this latest entry they take things back to that darker tone fans were hoping for while still keeping Chucky the way we like him. Brad Douriff returns to the role like he never left bringing the beloved serial killing doll to glorious life. This time around in a cool casting choice they have Douriff’s real life daughter Fiona leading the charge who does a good job carrying the film. This time around they take a slow build approach to build the tension, but of course there isn’t all that much mystery since we all know where it is heading. The film plays as a reboot, but has some nice twists and turns that help to connect it to the other films that were surprising great and helps to make it even more than you may have thought. After the initial slow build and some not so stellar kills, things kick into high gear really knocking this one out of the park making for one of the better sequels of the series.
While maybe not as gory as some of the previous entries the attention to detail with the story and clever direction take it back to what made the original so great. After seeing this one it is a bummer they didn’t get behind it for a theatrical release and hopefully will not hinder people from giving it a shot. There is no word yet if there is a plan to make another, although we can always dream, but this film not only does a good job to reboot the franchise, but also wrap it up with your friend till the end.