What is it about this movie that makes it so good? If you really think about it, this movie is actually shit. Just plain shit. There isn't a single redeeming factor about it other than the damn puppets, and yet, it's an undeniable classic.
Anyone who says this franchise is crap can fuck right the hell off. Yeah, the latter installments are silly as all hell. Yeah, Curse of Chucky was a complete pile of crap. Yeah, there was a lot about the first one that was problematic. But all things considered, this is one of the best franchises in horror. Chucky is iconic, and it's no mistake.
This is one of my earliest reviews of a movie from that plucky little film studio Gravitas. This movie was one of the first that got Gravitas on my radar as a movie that was going to start turning out trash horror. As a connoisseur of trash horror, I really learned to love Gravitas with little gems like this. Not everything they put out is a gem, and everything they put out needed WAY more editing, but we are talking about a shoe string budget here.
What is it about this movie that makes it so perfect? I mean, let's be honest, John Carpenter wasn't exactly heading into the 80s with a background in horror gems. I mean, we are talking about the man who was responsible for Dark Star and The Fog. In fact, in his early years we would come to expect he'd be producing a lot more good-bad movies than timeless horror classics.
A boring and uninspired prequel... I could write a better fucking origin story than this. Fuck, I DID write a better origin story than this. I mean, I had to clean it up so I didn't get sued, but if you read through it, you can kinda figure out what inspired it. Check it out in my notes in the link attached.
Alright. I'm going to tell you right now that you should watch this. IF FOR NOTHING ELSE, for the neat beastie with a well-developed mythos. But honestly, it was actually quite good, if even a little simple and formulaic. But remember, simple and formulaic is sometimes a good thing.