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JILLY’S DVD CORNER OF SHAME: CURSE OF CHUCKY + FROZEN GROUND

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CURSE OF CHUCKY | DVD AND BLU-RAY 10.8.13

There’s nothing inherently creepier than dolls (except maybe children), and the Chucky movies play off that uncanniness to great effect. Whether the effect is terrifying or terrible, of course, varies by viewer and sequel.

The newest installment tries to bridge the gap between the Child’s Play movies and the later, goofier [Blank] of Chucky sequels. The closer it hews to the originals, the better it does; I for one had almost forgotten that a Chucky movie could be, at least in parts, mildly scary.

Worth watching, if for no other reason than to remind yourself never to buy kids dolls.

FROZEN GROUND  | DVD AND BLU-RAY 10.1.13

Recently, I’ve wondered whether John Cusack might be turning into Nic Cage. A string of forgettable action movies capped off with The Raven, a ridiculous reimagining of an Edgar Allen Poe plus local cop detecting dream team felt very … Ghost Rider through National Treasure.

But I’d never truly hoped my bad-movie dreams would come true, and that they’d star in a terrible movie together.

In this cop (Cage) vs. serial-killer (Cusack) thriller, the acting is goodish, and the plot delivers the requisite moments of suspense. Formulaic? Yes, but it stars Nic Cage AND possibly-new-Nic Cage.

Read: you can’t not watch it.


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One Response to JILLY’S DVD CORNER OF SHAME: CURSE OF CHUCKY + FROZEN GROUND

  1. Fred Graham Fred Graham says:

    Although viewers may be disappointed by some of the formulaic elements of The Frozen Ground that the reviewer points out, the story of Hansen’s getting away with murder time and time again is very much true and head shake inducing. Cusack (Hansen) is no Hannibal Lector, i.e. cultured, charming (when not eating someone!), etc. but Hansen is a stuttering self loathing social misfit who takes out his frustrations on people who ironically he considers subhuman (i.e. street walkers, and strippers) particularly, in the movie at least, the Hudgens character. If in addition to formulaic elements such as the damsel in distress quality of The Frozen Ground story the viewer of “The Frozen Ground” is left unsatisfied with the necessary compression of events, composite characters, etc. that are necessary to produce a movie of less than two hours in length “based on a true story”, and wants to learn more about the real life serial killer Hansen and the case that inspired the movie one could do worse then read “Fair Game” (http://tinyurl.com/mqssp5z) by Bernard DuClos that was recently republished. Reading it as a companion to the movie will help the viewer of “The Frozen Ground” realize the liberties that were inevitably taken to make it suitable for the silver screen as well as understand elements of Hansen’s life and killing spree that the picture did not have time to delve into such as more of Hansen’s background (which early on indicated a propensity toward crime) and the backstory of the whole oil pipeline boom that produced the mafia controlled prostitution/strip bar scene that Hudgen’s character is entangled in.