5 Reasons Why: Curse of Chucky is the Best Child’s Play Sequel
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Chucky, aka Charles Lee Ray, has been terrifying audiences for the past 30 years. He’s been killed and resurrected multiple times. Chucky has been shot, stabbed, blown up and, worst of all, married. Whether he was playing a game of “Hide the Soul” with Andy Barclay or trying to determine the sex of his child, Chucky has been a staple of the horror genre for decades. Though he’s been portrayed as more of a comic figure in films like Bride and Seed of Chucky, respectively, make no mistake that “the Lakeshore Strangler” is still a force to be reckoned with. Never was this more evident than in the sixth entry of the franchise, Curse of Chucky.
5) It Made Chucky Scary Again
For too long, Chucky had been a pint-sized sight gag. Going all the way back to Child’s Play 3, Chucky became less interested in killing people and more interested in lobbing off one-liners. Bride of Chucky upped the “funny factor” even more and Seed of Chucky cemented his reputation as more comedy than horror. Curse of Chucky was a different story. Chucky got a makeover, and not just aesthetically. Gone was the constant stream of one-liners. In its place were jokes more akin to the original Child’s Play. They were dark, mean spirited jokes which actually made them scary.
4) It Returned Chucky to his Roots…Literally
In addition to making Chucky scary again, it also brought him back to the basics, so to speak. Gone were the brides, the seeds and the amulets. Chucky was back solely to kill people and maybe transfer his soul if he ever got to finish that chant. Chucky had a clear vendetta, as opposed to Bride and Seed of Chucky, where he was sort of just hangin’ out. That was not the case in Curse of Chucky. It was his show and his show entirely.
3) The Cast was Great
In Curse, audiences were introduced to Nica Pierce, an incredible heroine confined to a wheelchair since her birth. Nica was the first character in years to really stand up to Chucky and, though we love the Good Guy, most fans were totally on Nica’s side in Curse of Chucky. This was mostly due to her tremendous acting, but it was, in small part, thanks to her namesake. Nica was played by an actress named Fiona Dourif, who just so happens to be the daughter of Brad Dourif. Brad Dourif, if you don’t know, is the voice of Chucky. In addition to the Dourif family, Curse of Chucky also featured stellar performances from Danielle Bisutti, Chantal Quesnal, and more. Misdirection in this film was key. Characters who you start off hating slowly reveal themselves to be a lot deeper than originally thought.
2) Brad Dourif, As Always, Killed It
What can be written about Brad Dourif that hasn’t been already written? The dude is a tremendous actor, whether he’s in live-action or just voicing an animatronic doll. He’s been a mental patient, a sheriff, a king, and a killer doll. He’s never had a bad performance and his skills were on full display throughout Curse of Chucky.
1) It Tied EVERYTHING Together
The above adage was understood by writer/director Don Mancini, for sure. He did not eff with the see. While many thought that Curse of Chucky would be somewhat of a “reboot” for the series, Mancini had other plans in mind. At first, Curse of Chucky did seem like a reboot. But towards the climax of the film, various plot threads were all tied together and the film encompassed everything that had come before it. To say what happened here would be to spoil the best part of the movie. Just know that Curse of Chucky was, for all intents and purposes, the best sequel in the Child’s Play series.
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