Combustible Celluloid
 
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With: Chantal Quesnelle, Fiona Dourif, Jordan Gavaris, Danielle Bisutti, A Martinez, Maitland McConnell, Brennan Elliott, Summer H. Howell, Adam Hurtig, Brad Dourif
Written by: Don Mancini
Directed by: Don Mancini
MPAA Rating: R for bloody horror violence, and for language
Running Time: 97
Date: 10/08/2013
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Curse of Chucky (2013)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Doll Darts

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

I know it's hard to believe, but this sixth movie in the Child's Play/Chucky slasher series is actually surprisingly well made. (It has an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes.) Don Mancini, who wrote the screenplay for the original Child's Play (1988), takes on directing duties and brings the series back to its roots. Brad Dourif returns as the voice of the killer doll, Chucky, as well as appearing as a human in flashbacks (he used black magic to transfer his soul to the doll). Dourif's daughter Fiona takes the lead as the wheelchair-bound Nica; Chucky kills Nica's mom, bringing Nica's no-good sister (Danielle Bisutti) and her family around, hoping to potentially sell the huge family house that Nica lives in.

The interesting thing about Chucky is that, because he's magic, he can simply re-appear in any new scenario, and unlike Freddy or Jason, he isn't particularly tied to a single place or state. Curse of Chucky (2013) — which was, interestingly, released direct-to-video — uses plenty of practical, latex effects, heightening the sense that the horror is actually happening, and not just on a computer screen. Likewise, Mancini's camera is playful and tricky, without resorting to shaking or brain-dead jump-scares. Bonus: If you're already familiar with the Chucky universe, the movie offers even more hidden pleasures.

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