Welcome to uncanny hell. The new Chucky movie is just that, a travel to the darkest and most disturbing cranny in the uncanny valley.
After moving to a new city, young Andy Barclay receives a special present from his mother — a seemingly innocent Buddi doll that becomes his best friend. When the doll suddenly takes on a life of its own, Andy unites with other neighborhood children to stop the sinister toy from wreaking bloody havoc.
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With Mark Hamill casted for the role of Chucky I had high hopes for the reboot of this sinister doll.
Mark Hamill is an all around fantastic actor, but he’s a standout voice actor. I will say that he is the best part of this movie. Hamill can be such a creep and it worked well for the murderous doll.
I hated Chucky as a child, the scary little dude gave me nightmares and I couldn’t stand him. I didn’t even want to watch this movie, my boyfriend did, but I have to talk about how strange the experience was.
The CGI used in this movie creates a trip into the uncanny valley that I’ll never forget. Chucky is scary, but not because what he does is scary. He’s scary because his facial expressions look like lumped up play doh that keeps blobbing across a head shaped sphere. It wasn’t the type of scary I imagine they were going for, it’s more of a strange body horror than a good hack and slash film. It was so strange I’m having a hard time explaining just what he looked like. I’ll try and find a gif.
What is that gross lumpiness they added to his face. How did we end up with the monstrosity above when we started with this scary dude?
I guess my main point is that the new Chucky is scary in all the wrong ways. He feels less like a doll and more like a CGI disaster.
I will say that modernizing Chucky’s interface into a doll ran by an app was a unique and welcome choice. They ingrain Chucky into social media and make him an almost omniscient monster. I loved that because it was relatable in the age of Siri and Alexa. A+ for the modern idea integration.
This movie also leaned way too hard on the campy nature of the old Chucky movies. They tried to emulate old school horror movies too much, and instead of capturing what made them scary, captured how ridiculous some of the horror movie tropes are. The over the top deaths could have been way less cheesy and the gore was like that scene in Friday the 13th with the blood geyser, it was just outlandish.
I give Child’s Play 2/5 stars. It was just too campy and it missed the mark on key horror movie elements.
If you’d like to watch this hard to look at, gorey, nightmare for yourself follow this link to rent, and I’ll get a portion of the profit at no extra cost to you.