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MGM and Orion have released the first official trailer for the upcoming remake of the classic horror franchise Child’s Play. Purported to be a re-imagining of the classic ’80s horror movie, This is a completely separate version of the original Child’s Play movie series created by Don Mancini, which featured Brad Dourif playing a serial killer trapped inside the body of a Good Guy Doll.
In 2013 Don Mancini returned to his most famous character, a good guy doll possessed by the spirit of serial killer Charles Lee Ray and affectionately known as Chucky. That project; The Curse of Chucky, was the sixth film in the Child’s Play series, and now Mancini is preparing to film the seventh.
Rumors have been swirling for a couple of years about another installment, but seem to have been confirmed just recently via Twitter (like how most news breaks now);
In 1978 John Carpenter and Debra Hill gave us one of the greatest indie movies of all time in Halloween. It has become a true classic, the theme music iconically representing the season, and the blank stare of the mask now synonymous with evil.
The story goes that on Halloween night, when he was only six, little Michael Myers killed his sister Judith with a butcher knife. He then spent the next 15 years institutionalized, and his parents died in a car crash, leaving behind his baby sister named Cynthia. At the age of 21, Michael escapes the hospital and returns home to murder the last remaining member of his family. The guy is thorough.
Back in 2010, Bruce Campbell suggested the idea that he was putting together a horror movie in the vein of The Expendables. Grizzly Bomb has decided to take a stab (sorry) at filling in that hypothetical movie’s dream cast.
Grizzly Bomb has had its eye on the new Childs Play film Curse of Chucky for quite some time, and finally we have news that the new trailer has come online. The movie is going straight to Blu-Ray and DVD on October 8th, but don’t let that stop you from checking this out because this short trailer makes Chucky scary again. You can see for yourself below…
The reinvention of the Chucky doll design from stitched up, comical mad man to a reworked design of the original dolls from the first Childs Play movie has been a big pay off because this tweaked design looks incredibly creepy in every scene it’s in. The moment the dolls eyes expand you know this is going to be a more chilling affair than some of the more recent comical movies in the series.
The scene with him tormenting a wheelchair bound woman are reminiscent of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre in the sense that they are both films feature tense scenes involving a victim stuck in a situation they could possibly avoid if only they were more mobile. It creates a real sense of foreboding.
The final scene in the trailer where Chucky stares up from behind his brow won this writer over. Chucky has suffered the same fate as Freddy did in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies and become a bit to comical for his own good, so it is great to see this newer, more sinister take on the character. The damage the doll takes seems a lot more natural in this new film with one scene seemingly to show Chucky with a black eye. This seems to give the doll a more human quality to it, a nice juxtaposition to the blank doll expression we see in other scenes in this trailer.
Here is hoping that the film lives up to the standard the trailer has now set. In only a minute and 14 seconds it has managed to give us a new lease of life for the Childs Play series which will hopefully bring fresh blood to the franchise and keep Chucky alive…or whatever he is.
Recently Grizzly Bomb covered the news that a new film in Child’s Play franchise was soon to be released. Titled Curse of Chucky it follows in the footsteps of Texas Chainsaw and takes the series back to its roots while still keeping in the spirit of the original. This new storyline has Nicola (in some meta style casting is played by Fiona Dourif, daughter of Chucky’s voice Brad) grieving over the suicide of her mother and to make matters worse she gets a Good Guy doll mailed to here. You can guess what type of problems ensues after this.
Curse of Chucky is the latest in the popular and always entertaining horror series starring everyone’s favorite killer doll. Reprising his role as the plastic man wanting a real body is Brad Dourif who has teamed up with stars Fiona Dourif (True Blood), Danielle Bisutti (Get Smart) and Brennan Elliott (Double Jeopardy) to continue the tale of serial killer Charles Lee Ray who, when close to death performs arcane passages to live again, only to find he is stuck in a child’s doll.
In case you missed Paul Bettany‘s latest film Priest, then have no fear! After the almost decent Legion where Bettany played archangel Michael, he plays the futuristic super soldier role of a priest in a movie of the same name. Let me give you a basic rundown. According to the movie, mankind and vampires have been at war throughout the centuries, as the cool opening animation shows us.
The vampires of course have the upper hand most of the time being stronger and faster. But then humanity unleashes a weapon to counter and even surpass the vampire menace: The Priests. The Priests were created by the Church to be super soldiers, though we are never told the origin of their abilities, but they manage to defeat the vampire threat, ending the war and placing the remaining vampires on reservations. (Still can’t figure that one out.)
The Priests with their purpose served slip into obscurity in the walled cities that now house mankind from the wastelands that are the world after the war. In the cities the humans are now governed by the church very closely, living by the motto –“To defy the church is to defy God.” Paul Bettany’s character, going only by the name Priest is still haunted by his friend’s (Karl Urban) supposed death many years ago during the war, and searches for answers from the church that will seemingly never come. He is brought into action again when his niece is kidnapped by vampires after they attack his brother’s farm. The church however denies that there is any Vampire threat and brand Priest a traitor as he defies them to go and save his niece.
I liked this movie quite a bit. It was aesthetically awesome, the human city reminding me of the Los Angeles from Blade Runner and the wastelands outside of the city vaguely reminiscent of Planet of the Apes. It had a very decent cast in addition to Paul Bettany and Karl Urban are Maggie Q, Stephen Moyer, Christopher Plummer, and a very under utilized Brad Dourif.
Despite all of this, Priest felt like one big sequel set up at the end. I’m not saying it’s a sequel I wouldn’t watch, but to have such an underwhelming climax it leaves one feeling very unfulfilled. It reminds of the same feeling I had when watching director Scott Charles Stewart’s last film starring Bettany titled Legion. The movie felt completely rushed in the last half hour as if they ran out of budget and had to do a quick wrap up. Despite all that I still enjoyed it. It had a comfortable 90 minute run time and was almost everything I expected the movie would be, which includes an action packed, futuristic, vampire killing movie. To have it be any longer would have defeated the purpose of such a movie.
The Vampires themselves were a lot different from what we see in most movies out there, but it was a fresh take on them and a great relief from trash like the Twilight vampires… or as I like to call them, the indestructible, shiny diamond people.
Priest didn’t make nearly enough money to warrant a sequel in the current box office atmosphere, but if they ever did make one I’d be game for going to see it. If you haven’t seen Priest I recommend you check it out on DVD, it was definitely worth the $1.59 I spent renting the Blu-Ray from Redbox. Suck it Blockbuster.
The Child’s Play movies were a big part of my adolescent youth…comically that is. Yes, I’ll admit that I was frightened of the first installment as a little kid, but once I re-watched it during my freshman year of high school I found it, and the sequels to be effing hilarious. After the first one, not only did the kills get more ridiculous (stabbing a lady with an air pump and then finishing her off with a meter stick?), but also, our old pal Chucky had a tendency to yell. He yelled when he was pissed. He yelled when killing people. He even yelled while chasing people.