Isn’t it nice to have a friend till the end? Someone who will stick by you. Someone who you can tell your deepest, darkest secrets too. And someone who will gut you like a fish if they get the chance. This just took a dark turn, huh? And we all know who the most famous friend till the end is, especially in horror history. Chucky! Yes, Chucky…..the little red-headed Good Guy doll who is inhabited by serial killer Charles Lee Ray and needs to soul swap with little kids to keep his doll body going. And Chucky’s back in Curse Of Chucky, this time going straight to DVD and losing all of the Three Stooges comedy routines that surrounded the last couple of sequels (Bride Of Chucky, Seed Of Chucky). Question is: would that be a good thing, or a bad thing? Read on to find out….. Continue reading
Well, for starters – this new red band trailer that popped up the other week:
In addition to that, reviews have started showing up online after Curse Of Chucky’s premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival over the weekend. And from what I’ve skimmed, those who have seen it are saying it’s good. Chucky’s back to true form and dropped the comedy routine apparently, and that’s good news for fans of the first few films in the Child’s Play franchise. I was never exactly blown away by Child’s Play and I never found Chucky to be too scary (personally found Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys more frightening), but the movies were enjoyable and something a little different for the time. And as a horror fan, I’m definitely happy to get Chucky back to his horror roots even though his face looks like it went through a wonky CGI transformation.
Nevertheless, it seems those involved with this resurgence of our favorite Good Guy may have dropped the ball by not putting the reboot in theaters instead of going the straight to DVD route. This is based off of early response from the screenings and reviews of course, but if writer and director Don Mancini got it right, it seems a bit of a shame that most of us won’t get a chance to see it up on the big screen. Where you can enjoy it though is on your big screen at home when it hits VOD on September 24th and on DVD/Blu-ray on October 8th. I wouldn’t be shocked at this point if Curse Of Chucky realizes the public demand and makes a short theatrical run. Stranger things have happened. Like Chucky having a son who had some transgendered confusion. Ugh.
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Could I possibly be overselling this just a tad? Never! Ok – maybe. The trailer is finally here for the upcoming Direct-To-DVD extravaganza, Curse Of Chucky! As I mentioned in a previous Chucky post, it’s nice to see all of those involved getting back to the Good Guy’s roots and moving away from the Three Stooges type slap stickery that exists in the most recent sequels. Check out the trailer below and we’ll discuss after:
Let’s start with the good stuff: Chucky’s serious and evil again. Barely any comedic tone is evident, and in my eyes, that’s a good thing. It also looks like we could have some mean-spirited handicap killing too, which is only acceptable in a horror movie by the way. In addition to all of that, Brad Dourif is reprising his role as Chucky’s voice and Don Mancini, who wrote all of the previous Child’s Play movies, is writing again and directing as well!
Now for the ‘elephant in the room’ bad part. Chucky looks weird in spots. Almost feminine to a certain extent, and it looks as though they’re going a little more digital with his facial movements, which would add to the weirdness. In due time, we’ll know whether or not this is moderately acceptable or downright distracting when it hits video on October 8th. For now though, if you’re a Child’s Play fan, you should be rejoicing that the goofy schtick seems to be gone, and the more serious/maniacal tone is back! Now if we could only get used to that new face.