2013 / Director. Don Mancini.
The typical response from most people is cynically "ANOTHER Chucky movie?" - whereas MY response is "oh hell yes". This is a movie franchise I have always loved. The first movie is legendary and the two sequels following it were worthy additions. I think most people would agree that the series took a turn for the worse with BRIDE OF CHUCKY and SEED OF CHUCKY. They had their moments and were a lot of fun, but the horror was gone and the charm was lost... and so I understand people's hesitation at the thought of a new instalment. I've been eagerly awaiting it for 2 years now, since it was first announced. Having just watched it I can declare that I FUCKING LOVED IT! Chucky is back and he's the bad-ass we remember him to be from the original. A good-guy doll is delivered to a family living in a remote manor - It's sender is unknown. The family's little girl embraces her new friend and in a repeat of the original film, she claims that Chucky is talking to her. Director Don Mancini has listened to fans and thrown away the cheesy schlock of the previous two instalments and he's delivered a serious slasher. As far as I'm concerned this is easily the best since the first. Cinematically it's the best. The cinematography, the lighting and the editing recall a classic style of filmmaking. It has a rich gothic feel about it and I was taken back to the work of Argento and Bava. There is a definite European influence here. All the way through the movie I kept thinking of inconsistencies with the Child's Play canon but one by one the movie dispelled all of them and brought the story into line VERY nicely. Some fanboy critics will whinge about the use of CGI for some of Chucky's expressions but if that's all they got, then pffft. This is a fantastic return to form and delivers above and beyond. The movie's secrets are nicely revealed and the post-credit scene alone makes CURSE OF CHUCKY a rewarding chapter to the legacy. Mancini got it right!