Curse of Chucky
|Curse of Chucky|
Blu-ray / DVD combo pack art
|Directed by||Don Mancini|
|Produced by||Don Mancini
|Screenplay by||Don Mancini|
by Don Mancini
Summer H. Howell
|Music by||Joseph LoDuca|
|Edited by||James Coblentz|
Universal 1440 Entertainment
|Distributed by||Universal Studios Home Entertainment|
Curse of Chucky is a 2013 American horror straight-to-video movie written and directed by Don Mancini, who created the franchise and has written all films to date. It is the sixth installment in the Child's Play franchise. It stars Brad Dourif as Chucky, as well as Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, A Martinez and Brennan Elliott. Curse of Chucky returns to the franchise's source material and bringing back the straightforward horror elements found in the original three Child's Play films. The film marks the return of Andy Barclay, the franchise's original protagonist in the first three films. Alex Vincent, who originally played Barclay in Child's Play and Child's Play 2, reprises his role. It was distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The 2013 film is set twenty-five years after 1988's Child's Play, and four years after the conclusion of 2004's Seed of Chucky.
The film, which went into production in September 2012, is the first direct-to-video installment of the series.
Curse of Chucky debuted via VOD, September 24, 2013, and was followed by a DVD and Blu-ray Disc release, October 8, 2013, in the United States. The film was also turned into a scare zone for 2013's annual Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando theme parks.
Set twenty-five years after Child's Play and several years after the events depicted in Seed of Chucky, the Chucky doll (voiced by Brad Dourif) arrives in the mail of the family home of paraplegic Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) and her mother, Sarah. When the doll arrives at her house, Nica does not give it much thought, but later that night Sarah is found dead from a stab wound and her death proclaimed a suicide.
The next day, Nica's older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives, accompanied by her husband Ian, their six-year-old daughter Alice, live-in nanny Jill and Father Frank, a priest. Nica's niece Alice finds Chucky and keeps him. Nica and Alice cook chili for dinner, and Chucky secretly pours rat poison into one of the bowls. Father Frank eats the poison, and after leaving the house, is beheaded in a fatal car crash.
After everyone else has gone to their rooms to sleep, Nica attempts to track down the origins of the Chucky doll. She looks up "Chucky Doll Evidence" on the Internet, where she finds news articles of the unsolved Chucky murders and the doll's link to dead serial killer Charles Lee Ray. Chucky sneaks out of Alice's bed and kills Jill by kicking a bucket of rain water over onto the ground's power outlets. Jill is electrocuted to death, which also causes a blackout. Barb gets up to check on Alice, and finds Chucky sitting on the stairs that lead to the attic. Thinking that Alice is in the attic, Barb goes up to look for her daughter, but she is killed by Chucky with a kitchen knife. With the elevator unusable due to the blackout, Nica crawls up the stairs to the first floor. Barb is already dead by the time she gets there, and Chucky reveals himself to Nica. Nica wakes up Ian, who takes Nica to the garage before going back into the house to find Alice.
Chucky enters the garage and starts the car, trying to kill Nica with carbon monoxide poisoning. Ian returns to the garage and, believing that Nica is responsible for the murders, disarms her. There is a hidden camera on Chucky, which Ian had planted to get evidence of Barb's affair with Jill. Ian reviews the footage, which shows that Alice is locked in a closet and Chucky is alive. Before Ian can act, Chucky uses Nica's wheelchair to run Ian over and kills him with a hatchet. Nica manages to break out of her restraints and cuts Chucky's head with the hatchet, but he survives and reattaches his head. Chucky pushes Nica over the balcony and she falls to the ground floor. Bleeding heavily, Nica asks why Chucky is doing this.
Through flashbacks, Chucky explains that he was a family friend and in love with Sarah. Chucky killed Nica's father and kidnapped Sarah while she was pregnant with Nica. When Chucky realized Sarah betrayed him by calling the police, he stabbed her in the stomach, which resulting in Nica to be born paraplegic, and fled. Chucky's flight from the police lead to his death as a human, setting off the events of the film series, which is why he came back to Sarah for revenge. As Chucky is about to finish killing off Nica, she taunts him about his past failures of trying to kill Andy Barclay, to whom he compared Nica. The electricity is briefly restored and Nica quickly crawls to the elevator, but is soon cut off as Nica and Chucky scuffle in the elevator. Although she stabs Chucky in the back with the knife, he survives once again and the two continue to fight. A police officer arrives at the house, but when he enters he only sees Barb's body upstairs and Nica holding the bloody knife. Chucky watches, unmoving, from a nearby chair.
Some time later, Nica is found guilty of the murders and is sent to a mental asylum. As she is taken out of the courtroom, Nica once again taunts an unmoving Chucky, labeled as "Exhibit D" on the table, this time for failing to kill her. The arresting officer takes Chucky away in a plastic bag to be delivered to an unknown person. While in his car, Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) pops up in the backseat and slits his throat. Tiffany holding the bag, asks Chucky, "Who's next?". Then, she mails Chucky to his next target.
Alice, now living with her grandmother, comes home from school to find Chucky waiting for her. Alice asks where her grandmother is, to which Chucky replies, "In the cellar". Afterwards, Chucky persuades Alice to play "Hide The Soul", starting a chant that is supposed to transfer his soul to Alice's body. In an unexpected jump-scare, Alice's grandmother pops up outside the cellar door with a plastic bag over her head, revealing Chucky tried to asphyxiate her.
Six months later, Chucky is delivered to the now adult Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent). When Andy turns his back to answer a phone call from his mother, Chucky cuts his way out of the package with a knife. Andy, having anticipated Chucky coming after him, holds a shotgun to Chucky's head and quotes, "Play with this," before pulling the trigger.
- Fiona Dourif as Nica Pierce
- Danielle Bisutti as Barbara "Barb/Barbie" Pierce
- Brennan Elliott as Ianmichael "Ian"
- Maitland McConnell as Jillian "Jill" Pierce
- Chantal Quesnel as Sarah Pierce
- Summer H. Howell as Alice Pierce
- A Martinez as Father Frank
- Brad Dourif as Charles Lee Ray / Chucky
- Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany
- Kally Berard as Young Barbie "Barb" Pierce
- Anne Leveille as Young Nica Pierce
- Kyle Nobess as Daniel Pierce
- Kevin Anderson as Judge
- Alex Vincent as Andy Barclay
In an August 2008 interview, Don Mancini and David Kirschner spoke of a planned reboot of the Child's Play film series to be written and directed by Mancini. They described their choice of a remake over a sequel as a response to the will of the fans, who "want to see a scary Chucky movie again", and "want to go back to the straightforward horror rather than the horror comedy." They indicated that Brad Dourif would return as the voice of Chucky.
In a subsequent interview, Mancini described the remake as a darker and scarier retelling of the original movie, but one that, while having new twists and turns, will not stray too far from the original concept. At a 2009 horror convention, Brad Dourif confirmed his role in the remake. At a reunion panel at the Mad Monster Party horror and sci-fi convention, the cast and crew from the original film confirmed both a remake and a spin-off are in development. Writer Don Mancini and producer David Kirschner were working on a sequel titled Revenge of Chucky.
In June 2012, it was confirmed that a sequel would enter production, entitled Curse of Chucky and be released direct-to-video.
The film began production in early September 2012 in Winnipeg, Canada and ended in mid-October. In November 2012, Don Mancini announced that filming for Curse of Chucky had been completed and he planned to release it Halloween 2013.
Release and marketing
In May 2013, Fiona Dourif released the first image of Chucky through her Instagram. The image is from the film's soundtrack cover and shows Chucky looking more like the doll from the first three films rather than the previous last two films. The official trailer was released on July 8, 2013. The film's official Red band trailer was released August 1, 2013. The film received its world premiere on August 2, 2013, at the 2013 Fantasia Festival in Montreal. The film also received its European premiere at the London FrightFest Film Festival on August 22, 2013, accompanied with a screening of the original trilogy of Child's Play films.
Curse of Chucky has received mainly positive reviews from critics. The film currently holds a 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (based on 15 reviews). An early review posted on Bloody Disgusting on August 2, 2013, was very favorable of the film. Brad Miska stated, "Curse of Chucky may just be the best home video sequel since Wrong Turn 2. It's alarmingly good, which puts pressure on Universal to answer as to why they didn't let Mancini shoot this for theaters". He continued to say, "Chucky fans should rejoice, though, as Curse of Chucky is clearly going to re-ignite the franchise for years to come." Ryan Larson of Shock Till You Drop also had mostly positive things to say about it, stating that "the movie does so much right that it’s easy to overlook the very few flaws it has. The pacing and writing coincide to create a fun blood-soaked jaunt that never gets boring or dull. He goes on to praise the director, pointing out that "Mancini (pulling double duty as writer as well as director) does a great job at introducing and ushering off characters in a fashion that doesn’t bog the film down with a bunch of characters who get three minutes of film time before getting the axe, or butcher knife in this case. The kills are kitschy, but in the best way possible, waxing nostalgic of the slasher films of the late eighties and early nineties."
Halloween Horror Nights
This is not the first time Chucky has been featured at Halloween Horror Nights. In 2009, the franchise received its own maze, entitled Chucky's Fun House in Hollywood, a seasonal re-themeing of Universal Studios Hollywood's year-round attraction Universal's House of Horrors and Chucky: Friends Till the End at Universal Studios Florida, themed around the Good Guys factory and scenes featuring Chucky and other childhood toys gone bad. Since 1992, Chucky has starred in his own shows Hollywood, Chucky's In-Your-Face Insults and Chucky's Insult Emporium. In 2010, Chucky was featured in the "20 Years of Fear" scarezone in Florida.
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