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Curse of Chucky (2013)
Curse of Chucky Review
For any horror fans, there are plenty of well known slasher villains we all know and love. Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Ghostface, Michael Myers, and everyone's favorite killer doll Chucky. I have been a fan of the Child's Play movies for years. I love the first one, I like Child's Play 2 and 3, I actually really enjoy Bride of Chucky, and Seed of Chucky? Uh...yeah. Now we have this film. I was excited that there was going to be another Child's Play movie and it was going to go back to the darker tone of the first one. But, the big question is: what do I think about it?
First off all, the acting is very good. All the actors do a very good job in their roles. Brad Dourif as always shines in his role of Chucky and is great. The death scenes are awesome. Chucky as always comes up with great ways to kill his victims. There are a couple very good scenes in this movie. Including a flashback scene that shows how Chucky got into the position he was and it's very well done. I did also like how this went back to the darker tone of the first movie...but unfortunately the good stuff stops there. The rest? Not so good...
My first problem with Curse of Chucky, are the characters. Now the Child's Play movies have had unlikable characters before. Like Detective Mike Norris from Child's Play, Phil from Child's Play 2, and John Ritter's character from Bride of Chucky. But in this film? All the characters except for The Main Character, Chucky, and the little girl. Are ALL unlikable. I hated the majority of the characters in this movie and I was happy to see them get killed by Chucky, and that is not good. It's not good. We should like the characters not hate them! Now that I brought up Chucky this brings me to my next problem.
The Effects done on Chucky are horrendous. There are so many times where you can tell that Chucky is CGI and it's noticeable. Sometimes his mouth doesn't match up to what he's saying. Also, there are scenes where you can tell that a child or dwarf is playing him. Like when he's walking down stairs or when they do an overhead shot and from that overhead shot you can tell it's a dwarf or child. Speaking of the CGI there is a scene where the CG chucky is walking down stairs and not only is the CG very noticeable you hear Chucky laughing and his mouth isn't moving. I don't want to hear from people "It's a low budget film back off" that still doesn't give the excuse to give your audience poor and noticeably bad effects.
My Next problem is the after credits scene. Now, I did like how it wrapped up the series and it gave us closure to Andy Barkley. I liked it. There are a lot of nice nods to the originals like seeing a graduation certificate from Kent Military Academy from Child's Play 3, we saw a picture of Kyle from Child's Play 2, and...we found out that Andy's mom married detective Mike Norris....she married the asshole that sent her to a mental hospital...I think the only reason they did that was to tie up the series and it did kinda work.
Also, the movie isn't creepy or scary at all. There is some tension and some build up here and there but however: we have jump scares. Which I hate. Also, the ending is pretty anti climatic if you don't count the after credits scene. Our main character is sent off to a mental hospital and Chucky tracks down the little girl and plans on possessing her. She asks where Grandmother is and he says she's in the basement then Chucky begins to play hide the soul and JUMPSCARE the grandmother pops up...and that's it. Pretty anti-climatic.
Overall guys, I had hope for this movie. I wanted it to be very dark and creepy just like the fist movie. While it was dark, it wasn't creepy. I was disappointed in this film. Very disappointed. While it is better than Seed of Chucky, it's still mediocre. As much as I thought the killers were good, the acting was good, Chucky was awesome, and there were a few good scenes scattered throughout. This is not a good entry in this series. It has unlikable characters, no scares, the after credits scene was kinda frustrating, and the effects on Chucky were God awful.
I do respect that this movie has a fan base and I understand why people like it. I just personally don't like it and thought it was mediocre. If you're a fan of this series and you want something to wash the bad taste of Seed of Chucky out of your mouth than this movie's for you.
A very fun and enjoyable second act and half of the third act and had really good effects and really suspenseful and awesome kills that left me satisfied and some good character development. But unfortunately was kinda ruined by the ending and first act. I didn't like the first act and I hated the ending. Most of the characters mainly the in laws are EXTREMELY unlikable. I know they're supposed to be but I just hated those characters and I couldn't wait for Krampus and his helpers to kill them and when some of them did die I was happy. The ending also got me very angry even more than the first act: but warning spoilers! It was all a dream...it was all the kid's dream...that is my most hated film cliché and it annoys me when it is just a dream but then shocker! it's not. But I thought with the exception of the first act and the ending...it was enjoyable. If it had a better ending and first act and at least made the in laws a little more likable it would've been great. But for what's it worth, it's fine. Would I watch it over Christmas again? probably. But it wasn't the great Christmas horror movie about the legend of Krampus that I expected. I would still still recommend it though but just remember those little flaws.