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February Film Round Up

February 28, 2018 — Leave a comment

Here’s a round up of everything I’ve written in February.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018, Dir: David Wain)‘There’s always the nagging feeling that it could be trying harder.’

A Haunted House 2 (2014, Dir: Michael Tiddes)‘Racist, sexist and homophobic.

American Satan (2017, Dir: Ash Avildsen)‘Heil Satan! Heil yourselves!’

Batman: Year One (2011, Dir: Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery) – Moody.’

Black Panther (2018, Dir: Ryan Coogler)‘If only every Marvel film could be like this.’ 

Curse of Chucky (2013, Dir: Don Mancini)‘It does reinvent the franchise.’ 

Grabbers (2012, Dir: Jon Wright)‘A booze and blood soaked comedy.’

Howling 3: The Marsupials (1987, Dir: Phillipe Mora) – ‘No one is laughing and there’s a deep concern for all involved.’ 

I, Tonya (2018, Dir: Craig Gillespie)‘Stick to a tone.’

Marina Abramović In Brazil: The Space In Between (2018, Dir: Marco Del Fiol)‘A fascinating journey in lifestyles we likely don’t see too much, regardless of how well travelled we see ourselves.’ 

Menashe (2017, Dir: Joshua Z Weinstein)‘A sweet-natured film.’ 

Padman (2018, Dir: R. Balki)‘if it can make at least one person change their habits, that’s got to be a good thing.’ 

Playground [Plac Zabaw] (2016, Dir: Bartosz M Kowalski) ‘Shock tactics for the sake of shock tactics.’ 

Primal Rage (2018, Dir: Patrick Magee)‘Primal Rage is… a helluva ride.’ 

Sherlock: Case of Evil (2002, Dir: Graham Theakston)‘Move along, nothing to see.’ 

St. Elmo’s Fire (1985, Dir: Joel Schumacer)‘Teenagers or sociopaths?’ 

That’s Not My Dog (2018, Dir: Dean Murphy) – ‘…this kind of venture is probably best reserved for television than the cinema.’ 

The End of the F***ing World (2017, Dir: Jonathan Entwistle, Lucy Tcherniak)‘Strangely uplifting.’ 

The People Vs George Lucas (2011, Dir: Alexandre O. Philippe) – ‘A monument to the kind of overgrown children who ruin any kind of fandom.’ 

The Rizen (2017, Dir: Matt Mitchell) – ‘The film’s pacing is completely off.’ 

The Workshop (2017, Dir: Laurent Cantet) – ‘Naturalistic performances, gorgeous provincial scenery and healthy debates are reason enough to be engaged by The Workshop.’

Werewolves of the Third Reich (2017, Dir: Andrew Jones) – ‘Werewolves of the Third Reich is amusing, but severely lacking.’ 

White Collar Hooligan 2 (2013, Dir: Paul Tanter) – ‘Rough and ready charm.’ 

Writer and Director Don Mancini adds another chapter to his 20-year-old Child’s Play franchise with The Curse of Chucky. Fiona Dourif plays Nica, a disabled woman mourning the recent death of her mother. Adding to her woes is her sticky beak sister, Barb (Danielle Bisutti) who wants to sell off the family home and cart Nica off to the nearest care home. Whilst at the house, Barb’s young daughter finds comfort in a very familiar doll that was mysteriously mailed to Nica before her mother’s death.

2008’s Seed of Chucky appears to be a thing of the past as Mancini has stripped the humour of the previous two Child’s Play entries to the bone, making this instalment less knowing and more about Gothic horror. Something which will no doubt appeal to fans of the original 80s schlock-fest. Of which there a few nods to. Brad Douriff returns as the voice of Chucky, whose one liners seem out oddly out of place against Mancini’s moody backdrop. Acting as both a sequel and reboot to the franchise, Curse of Chucky also works as a perfectly good standalone movie.

Polished and bloody, Curse of Chucky doesn’t reinvent the slasher film, but it does reinvent the franchise.

This review originally appeared in FilmInk.