Director: Don Mancini
Starring: Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, Alex Vincent, A Martinez, Brennan Elliott, Summer H. Howell, Maitland McConnell, Jennifer Tilly . USA. 1h 33m
It’s hard to believe that this horror franchise is still going, but with this thrilling 6th installment there is a huge step made back to the traditional story with less of the comedy antics. The first direct to DVD movie sees Chucky arrive as a gift to the home of the paraplegic Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) and her mother Sarah (Quesnei), later on Sarah is found dead from a stab wound and it’s ruled as suicide. Later Nica, is visited by her domineering older sister, her husband, daughter Alice and a nanny. Alice soon finds Chucky and begs to keep him, they agree, but after some googling Nica becomes aware of the history of a particular killer Good Guy doll but no one listens to her theories until Chucky is in full swing and picking off the family one by one. Buy why this family? Can Nica work out the history before Chucky comes knocking.
Initially I wasn’t really impressed with yet another installment of Chucky, it was cute in the 80’s when it was still called Child’s Play (1988) and the antics were fresh. But after verging on the ridiculous for so long this is a step back to the makings of a really good horror film.
The return to trying to scare that audience is highly appreciated, Chucky spends the movie running around the massive old house so the atmosphere is set for a good run, meanwhile.. Chucky is secretly taking out the family in creepy ways, often spotted in the background of peoples webcams, so does this mean there’s potential of a found footage Chucky movie at some point? So what does the pint size ginge get up to? He poisons a priest with rat poison, he electrocutes the babysitter and I don’t want to spoil the rest but he’s not sympathetic to Nica’s numb legs, I wonder what poor Fiona had to put up with growing up with a father with the voice of Chucky?? But eventually he gets playing with sharp objects and using his tiny size to his advantage and pretty soon he’s takling shit and reveling in the demise of those around him.
While the film didn’t take long to get started, and the killing is solidly gory and Chucky had the setting of a huge horror house, the only downside for me is that there seemed to be an overemphasis on Chucks CGI facial expressions.
Fiona’s brilliant as a wheelchair heroine, she really manages to come across as convincing as a brave and brilliant young woman who has to simultaneously outwit her dim family and battle the devil doll, half Miss Marple and half Vasquez. She is brilliant at transforming her character from a meek a mild girl to someone who is forced to battle fear and loses a bit of sanity along the way. I’m glad there’s more of her to come, she really breathed some life back into this franchise.
The story is pretty clever, not only does it impart some more history and creates something cerable for the audience to puzzle through, but there’s lots of easter eggs for the dedicated observant fans and a superb set up at the end.
Rating : 6/10
R: Child’s Play (1988), Cellar Dweller (1988)
L: 80’s Horror Movies, Child’s Play/Chucky Rated, Dolls Kill,
5s: Brad Dourif