Curse of Chucky is a 2014 British/American horror movie written and directed by David Fincher, 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 reprising his voice role as Chucky as well as Charles Lee Ray, as well as Carey Mulligan, Amanda Seyfried, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Hayley Atwell, MacKenzie Foy, Edward James Olmos and Jennifer Tilly. Revenge of Chucky returns to the franchise's source material and bringing back the straightforward horror elements found in the original two Child's Play films.
The film marks the return of Andy Barclay, the franchise's original protagonist in the first three films. Elijah Wood, who originally played Barclay in 1986's Child's Play, 1990's Child's Play Two 1993's Child's Play 3 and 1999's Child's Play: Final Play, reprises his role. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox. The 2014 film is set twenty-five years after 1988's Child's Play, and four years after the conclusion of 2010's Revenge of Chucky.
The film has been rated R by the MPAA for bloody horror violence, sexual innuendo and for language.
Curse of Chucky was released on December 24th, 2014 to phenomenal praise and reception. Critics praised the visuals, acting and new approach to the series original roots as a horror franchise.
Set twenty-five years after Child's Play, a Good Guy doll (voiced by Brad Dourif), arrives in the mail of the family home of paraplegic Nica (Carey Mulligan) and her mother, Sarah. That night Sarah is found dead from a stab wound and her death proclaimed a suicide.
The next day Nica's younger sister Barb (Amanda Seyfried) arrives, accompanied by her husband, Ian (Thomas Brodie-Sangster); daughter, Alice (Mackenzie Foy); live-in nanny, Jill (Hayley Atwell); and Father Frank (Edward James Olmos), a priest. 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 floor'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, 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 destroys his chin with a hatchet. Nica manages to break out of her restraints and decapitates Chucky 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 and through flashbacks, Chucky explains that he was an man called Charles Lee Ray and was friend of the family a long time ago and was in love with Sarah. Charles killed Nica's father and kidnapped Sarah while she was heavily pregnant. When Charles realized Sarah betrayed him by calling the police, he stabbed her in the stomach, which caused Nica to be born paraplegic, and fled. Charles flight from the police lead to his death at the hands of detective Mike Norris as a human, setting off the events of the franchise, which is why he came back to Sarah for revenge. Officer Stanton (Dylan O'Brien) 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 sent to a mental asylum. Officer Stanton takes Chucky away in a plastic bag to be delivered to an unknown person. While in his car, Tiffany (voiced by 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. While saying the chant, Alice's grandmother pops up outside the cellar door with a plastic bag over her face, revealing Chucky had tried to suffocate her.
In a post-credits scene, Chucky is delivered to the now adult Andy Barclay (Haley Joel Osment). When Andy turns his back to answer a phone call from his mother, Chucky cuts his way out of the package. Andy, having anticipated Chucky coming after him, holds a shotgun to Chucky's head and says, "Play with this", before pulling the trigger.
- Carey Mulligan as Nica Pierce
- Amanda Seyfried as Barbara "Barb" Pierce
- Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Ian Pierce
- Hayley Atwell as Jill Valentine
- MacKenzie Foy as Alice Pierce
- Edward James Olmos as Father Frank Martinez
- Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky (voice) / Charles Lee Ray
- Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany (voice)
- Kirsten Nelson as Sarah Pierce
- Christopher O'Connor as Judge Oliver Olson
- Michael Keaton as Detective Mike Norris (archive footage)
- Dylan O'Brien as Officer Harold Stanton
- Jasika Nicole as Mail Woman
- Elijah Wood as Andy Barclay (cameo)
- Sarah - Pushed off balcony by Chucky
- Father Frank - Poisoned by Chucky, then decapitated in a car accident
- Jill - Electrocuted after water goes into her electrical toilet caused by Chucky
- Barb - Left eye gouged out by Chucky
- Ian - Lower jaw axed off by Chucky
- Officer Stanton - Throath slit by Tiffany
- Chucky - Shot by Andy
Development In an August 2011 interview, David Fincher spoke of a planned sequel of the Child's Play film series to be written and directed by himself. 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 sequel 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 2011 horror convention, Brad Dourif confirmed his role in the sequel. 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, producer and director David Fincher was 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 worldwide theatrically.
Release and Marketing
In January 2013, Carey Mulligan 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 film.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 December 24 2014, at the El Captain Theater.
Curse of Chucky received critical acclaim by critics upon release with critics praising the main cast performance and Brad Dourif's voice work on Chucky. The review aggregator film site Rotten Tomatoes reported a 93% approval rating, based on 126 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The consensus: "A well-chosen cast and sure-handed direction allows Curse of Chucky to thrill despite using the same tone and themes of the original films that settled the franchise." On Metacritic, as of July 5, the film had received an average score of 66 out of 100, based on 42 critics, signifying "Generally favorable reviews". According to Rotten Tomatoes yearly lists (by using a weighted formula of the critics review in the site), it was placed number 3 on its list of best horror movies in 2014 and was placed number 36 in 2013. CinemaScore's audience graded it an A-.
The main cast received good notices for their performances, most notably, Craey Mulligan. Bob Mondello of NPR said, "Here comes another scream queen: This is Carey Mulligan's scream queen. So she'd better be really something, right? Well, as it happens, she is." Tom Charity of CNN found Mulligan's "combination of fresh-faced innocence, nervous agitation and deep personality ... immediately appealing." Stephanie Zacharek of Movieline said she "had no specific desire to see the series resuscitated. But watching Mulligan, Seyfried and Sangster made me think doing so wasn't such a bad idea". Mary F. Pols of Time said that even though the story was familiar Mulligan and Fincher made it feel "convincingly fresh, scary and exciting."