UTG’s 31 Days of Halloween: ‘Curse Of Chucky’

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Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring daily feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween themed) movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your All Hallows’ Eve festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home. If you have a suggestion, contact us and we may include your favorite scarefest in an upcoming column!

Day 8: Curse Of Chucky

For the better part of the last week I have been wracking my mind trying to remember the first time I encountered the homicidal doll the world simply refers to as Chucky. I believe I was young, probably pre-teen, and that I was watching the original Child’s Play. My parents had given me a doll known as ‘My Buddy’ when I was young, and though he did not resemble Chucky’s ‘Good Guy’ doll in the slightest the idea my faux best friend could come to life and butcher my entire family was enough to make me toss said toy as far in the back of my closet at possible. It remains there today, and it will continue to as long as I have anything to say about it.

As I grew older my adoration for the toy possessed by the spirit of Charles Lee Ray (aka ‘The Lakeshore Strangler’) began to change. Horror was no longer a genre fueled by terror in my mind, but rather one that allowed those with more macabre imaginations to fully express the monsters lurking in their mind. It is fun, in its own way, and there are few genre films that offer as much absurdity as that allowed by the setup of the Child’s Play franchise. This is probably exemplified best with Bride Of Chucky, which to this day I consider a classic in its own right, but it’s actually Chucky’s latest adventure that brings us together today.

Taking place years after the final Seed Of Chucky scene, Curse Of Chucky reintroduces horror’s tiniest serial killer in spectacular fashion. The story follows a family who mysteriously receive a package in the mail from an unknown sender. Upon unwrapping the package the family discovers a seemingly pristine ‘Good Guy’ doll, which the youngest member of the family quickly befriends. As time rolls on, strange occurrences begin happening in the house at night, and before anyone knows what exactly is going on, the body count begins to rise.

Chucky has undergone many evolutions since his debut, but as far as modern interpretations of the character are concerned you could do a heck of a lot worse than Curse Of Chucky (for example, Seed Of Chucky). The film offers thrills and chills to spare, but also maintains a pitch black sense of humor that is key to the character’s success and leaves about a dozen doors open for future installments. It’s unclear whether or not the franchise will continue, of course, but this Halloween we can all sleep with one eye open knowing Chucky is back and better than ever before.

Editorial written by: James ShotwellFollow him on Twitter
Last year’s Day 8 film: Scream

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the founder of Under The Gun Review. He loves writing about music and movies almost as much as he loves his two fat cats. He's also the co-founder of Antique Records and the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

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